WordPress 5.8.2+ Release Schedule

Thanks to everyone that helped release 5.8.1 on September 9th! It’s time to look ahead to 5.8.2, and other 5.8.x releases (if necessary).

Like the 5.8.1 release, these releases are following the strategy of having a consistent minor release squad for all 5.8.x releases.


The following schedule is proposed for a 5.8.2 release:

  • RC: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Final release: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

As of the publish date of this post, 19 open tickets are currently in the 5.8.2 milestone for consideration. Please head over and check out that list to help contribute to the release.

5.8.3 (if necessary)

For the 5.8.x release cycle, a 5.8.3 release will be pursued only if necessary. Below is the proposed schedule for 5.8.3:

  • RC: Tuesday November 2, 2021
  • Final release: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

These dates also take into account the 5.9 release cycle, which will be approaching the first betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. release at this time.

Release coordination

Because the 5.8.x releases are part of 5.8 by extension, all coordination and conversation related to the 5.8.x releases are held in the #5-8-release-leads SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. This channel will be archived when WordPress 5.9 is released.

Props @desrosj & @audrasjb for peer review.

#5-8, #5-8-1, #5-8-2, #5-8-3, #5-8-x

Dev Chat Agenda for Sept 22, 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s developer meeting to occur at September 22, 2021, at 20:00 UTC.

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights and announcements

Bringing to your attention some interesting reads and some call for feedback and/or volunteers:

Next releases status update

  • Next minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality.: WP 5.8.2
  • Next major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope.: WP 5.9

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to the usual agenda items above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-8-2, #5-9, #agenda, #core, #dev-chat

A Week in Core – September 20, 2021

Welcome back to a new issue of Week in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. Let’s take a look at what changed on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between September 13 and September 20, 2021.

  • 21 commits
  • 42 contributors
  • 31 tickets created
  • 0 tickets reopened
  • 23 tickets closed

The Core team is currently working on the next point (5.8.2) and major (5.9) releases 🛠

Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. numbers are based on the Trac timeline for the period above. The following is a summary of commits, organized by component and/or focus.

Code changes

BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor

  • Cache global stylesheet by theme key – #53175

Build/Test Tools

  • Expect an absolute path in WP_TESTS_PHPUNIT_POLYFILLS_PATH constant – #46149
  • Improve messaging when PHPUnit Polyfills cannot be found – #46149
  • Improve messaging when PHPUnit Polyfills do not comply with version requirements – #46149
  • Make WP_TESTS_PHPUNIT_POLYFILLS_PATH more flexible – #46149
  • Reworks Tests_Option_Option::test_bad_option_names() into data provider – #53635

Bundled Themes

  • Twenty Eleven: Set a fixed height for search form when headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. image is added – #40398
  • Twenty Seventeen: Make blogblog (versus network, site) header margin more specific on front page – #43628
  • Twenty Twenty-One: Add missing escaping for the “Secondary menu” label – #54127

Coding Standards

  • Code Modernization: Fix “passing null to non-nullable” deprecation notice in WP_Comment_Query::get_comment_ids()#53635
  • Rename the $arrURL variable to $parsed_url in WP_Http::request()#53359
  • Rename the $arrURL variable to $parsed_url in WP_Http_Cookie::__construct()#53359
  • Rename the $arrURL variable to $parsed_url in WP_Http_Streams::request()#53359
  • Rename the $processedHeaders variable to $processed_headers in WP_Http::request()#53359
  • Use strict comparison in wp-inclues/class-wp-http-cookie.php#53359


  • Update description for the $wp_version global – #53413


  • Add Pinterest as a trusted oEmbed provider – #53448


  • Add a translator comment to clarify the “Block HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers.” string in the Block widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. settings form – #54110


  • Fix $content parameter default value in img_caption_shortcode()#53635

Options, MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. APIs

  • Fix “passing null to non-nullable” deprecations to (get|add|update|delete)_option()#53635


  • Create a temporary backup of plugins and themes before updating – #51857


Thanks to the 42 people who contributed to WordPress Core on Trac last week: @hellofromTonya (9), @jrf (8), @lucatume (4), @schlessera (4), @jeherve (4), @sabernhardt (3), @mukesh27 (3), @SergeyBiryukov (3), @pbearne (2), @azaozz (2), @dd32 (2), @muhammadfaizanhaidar (2), @NekoJonez (1), @Amieiro (1), @knutsp (1), @johnbillion (1), @namith.jawahar (1), @ayeshrajans (1), @laurelfulford (1), @hirofumi2012 (1), @jainnidhi (1), @mai21 (1), @fedepia (1), @Soean (1), @francina (1), @a2hosting (1), @Boniu91 (1), @richards1052 (1), @galbaras (1), @KZeni (1), @pento (1), @mikeschroder (1), @audrasjb (1), @TimothyBlynJacobs (1), @poena (1), @pbiron (1), @afragen (1), @aristath (1), @joedolson (1), @oandregal (1), @teucrium (1), @lukecavanagh (1).

Congrats and welcome to our 7 new contributors of the week: @NekoJonez, @Amieiro, @namith.jawahar, @mai21, @richards1052, @KZeni, and @teucrium ♥️

Core committers: @sergeybiryukov (11), @hellofromtonya (8), @pento (1), @jorgefilipecosta (1).

#5-8-2, #5-9, #core, #week-in-core