WordPress 5.5.1 RC2

WordPress 5.5.1 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 2 (RC2) is available for you to test!

Here are two ways to test WordPress 5.5.1 RC2:

  • Use the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (select the point 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. nightlies option)
  • Download the release candidate here (zip)

What’s in this release candidate?

In addition to everything included in RC1, 5.5.1-RC2 fixes 7 additional issues:

  • #51184: get_the_date() checks $format only for empty variable and fails on false boolean
  • #51182: Theme_Installer_skin::do_overwrite does not work on a Windows server
  • #38009: #reply-title.comment-reply-title not updating when replying to an individual
  • #51123: commonL10n and other JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. globals removed without backwards compatibility
  • #50848: Clarify the usage of null for auto_update_{$type} filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.
  • #51081: Fatal Error – Undefined get_page_templates() in CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.
  • #51154: sitemaps should be initialized before each test is run

Note for translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. teams

An additional change is also planned for 5.5.1:

  • #51028: Dot should be out of the quotes

This is a very small change, but making this change before 5.5.1 is released would have resulted in the string being untranslated on the 5.5 About page. To limit the amount of time this string may be displayed as untranslated, this change will be made just prior to 5.5.1 being officially released.

Polyglot teams should note that this string won’t be available for translations before 5.5.1 is released, but best efforts should be made to translate the string after.

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) is still in effect when making any changes to the 5.5 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

As per the proposed WordPress 5.5.1 schedule, the final release is expected for Tuesday September 1, 2020 at 18:00 UTC. Please note that this date/time can change depending on any issues discovered while testing RC2.

The 5.5.1 release is being lead by @audrasjb, @azhiyadev, @davidbaumwald, @desrosj, @johnbillion, @planningwrite, @sergeybiryukov and @whyisjake.

#5-5, #5-5-1, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 5.5.1 RC1

WordPress 5.5.1 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 (RC1) is available for you to test!

Here are two ways to test WordPress 5.5.1 RC1:

  • Use the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (select the point 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. nightlies option)
  • Download the release candidate here (zip)

What’s in this release candidate?

5.5.1 Release Candidate 1 features 28 bug fixes and 4 enhancements, as well as 5 bug fixes for the 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.

WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. changes on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress.:

  • #50882 – Administration: WP 5.5: Cannot attribute content when deleting users
  • #50998 – Quick/Bulk Edit: Editing posts using bottom “Bulk actions” dropdown menu doesn’t work
  • #38009 – Comments: #reply-title.comment-reply-title not updating when replying to an individual
  • #50845 – Editor: Block patterns: Fix translatable strings (take 2)
  • #50858 – Site Health: Check PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 notices with site_status_tests filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output.
  • #50887 – Site Health: Add site environment to debug information
  • #50892 – Editor: Some block patterns have text contrast issues with dark themes
  • #50910 – Sitemaps: 5.5 Sitemap URLs are incorrectly paginated
  • #50912 – Site Health: flags define WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE value as an error
  • #50919 – Script Loader: Change the jquery handle back to an alias for jquery-core
  • #50933 – Media: Lazy loading in 5.5 causes flashing of custom logo in Firefox
  • #50945 – Site Health: don’t give a warning when upload_max_size is lower than max_post_size
  • #50988 – Upgrade/Install: Pass details about the specific plugin and theme updates attempted to filters
  • #50992 – Bootstrap/Load: Remove the ability to alter the list of environment types in wp_get_environment_type()
  • #50999 – Script Loader: Disable concatenation for scripts with translations to ensure they are printed in the right order
  • #51011 – Upgrade/Install: Empty string comparison on home option during DB upgrades is invalidinvalid A resolution on the bug tracker (and generally common in software development, sometimes also notabug) that indicates the ticket is not a bug, is a support request, or is generally invalid.
  • #51018 – Editor: PHP Notice thrown when searching for certain terms via the GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ block directory
  • #51151 – Editor: Packages update
  • #51021REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.: Permit uniqueItems keyword in endpoint args
  • #51146 – REST API: Fix multi-type schemas with integer fields
  • #51029 – Filesystem APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.: Typo in variable name causes warning from fclose()
  • #51042 – Post: missing excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox.
  • #51050 – Docs: Add docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) for get_the_archive_title() filter
  • #51052 – Administration: Undefined index: update-supported
  • #51060 – Docs: Update register_rest_route docblock to reflect additions since 5.5
  • #51064 – Bootstrap/Load: Consider adding “local” as environment on WP_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE
  • #51073 – Administration: Extra padding below the adminadmin (and super admin) bar
  • #51075 – Docs: Update docs for custom logo functions
  • #51122 – Docs: add a mention about the use of loading attribute in wp_get_attachment_image function
  • #51127UIUI User interface/CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets.: Remove non-color related styling from Modern color scheme
  • #51129 – Upgrade/Install: Only display the auto-update links on the Networknetwork (versus site, blog) Admin > Themes screen for themes that support the feature
  • #51337 – Template: wp_terms_checklist not checking selected taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies. items with selected_cats option

Block editor changes from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/:

  • PR24609 – Fix missing selected block highlighting in list view
  • PR24599 – Fix specificity for buttons with outline style and background colors
  • PR24533 – Fix incorrect aria description in List View
  • PR24516 – Fix regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. for categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. select in QueryControls component
  • PR24478 – Fix tiny editor preview when using Mobile or Tablet options with metaboxes enabled

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) is now in effect when making any changes to the 5.5 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

As per the proposed WordPress 5.5.1 schedule, the final release is expected for Tuesday September 1, 2020 at 18:00 UTC. Please note that this date/time can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released)

The 5.5.1 release is being lead by @audrasjb, @azhiyadev, @davidbaumwald, @desrosj, @johnbillion, @planningwrite, @sergeybiryukov and @whyisjake.

#5-5, #5-5-1, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 5.4.2 RC 1

WordPress 5.4.2 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 (RC 1) is now available for testing!

There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.4.2 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (you’ll want to select the point 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. nightlies option), or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

5.4.2 Release Candidate 1 features 20 bug and regression fixes on both coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and default themes.

WordPress Core updates

  • #49956 – Spammers able to share unmoderated comments
  • #49749 – Registering rest routes with a slash-prefixed namespace give inconsistent results
  • #49798 – Default WordPress favicon in dark mode browsers
  • #49808 – WordPress 5.4: Deprecated: tag_row_actions is deprecated since version 3.0.0
  • #50121 – About page: correcting the order of headings
  • #50131 – Absent custom favicon triggers wp-adminadmin (and super admin) .htaccess/.htpasswd prompt on frontend in FIrefox
  • #49353 – button padding issue in edit plug on small device

Theme updates

The following updates were made to the default themes. You will not receive these updates if updating using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. You must download the RC 1 package directly.

  • #37926 – Twenty Eleven & Twenty Twelve: Dropdown categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. 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. exceeds parent div when strings are long enough
  • #45865 – Twenty Nineteen: Consider decreasing the font size for widget titles
  • #48803 – Twenty Twenty: Custom post typeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. that doesn’t support author, shows author
  • #48916 – Twenty Twenty: anchor links don’t work in mobile menu
  • #49088 – Twenty Twenty: Add icon for g.page links (Google business profile)
  • #49316 – Twenty Twenty missed license for images.
  • #49320 – Twenty Twenty: aligncenter>figcaption missing text-align: center; feature
  • #49322 – Twenty Twenty: Submenu items disappear underneath the Cover 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.
  • #49435 – Twenty Twenty: inconsistent top and bottom margins for .alignwide and .alignfull on Chrome vs Safari (cross browser issue)
  • #49699 – Twenty Nineteen: Center- and right-aligned heading accents appear broken
  • #49793 – Twenty Twenty: Images in list blocks are not positioned correctly
  • #49893 – TwentyTwenty: TikTok and ResearchGate Social Icons
  • #49932 – Small Typo in Twenty-Twenty

What’s next?

Committers: The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) still applies when making any changes to the 5.4 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

The official 5.4.2 release is still scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Happy Testing!

#5-4-2, #minor-releases

WordPress 5.4.1 RC1

WordPress 5.4.1 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 (RC1) is now available for testing!

There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.4.1 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (you’ll want to select the point 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. nightlies option), or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

5.4.1 Release Candidate 1 features 11 bug and regression fixes, as well as 6 bug fixes for the 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. Here’s a detailed list:

  • #49838AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility): Fix the headings hierarchy on the Freedoms page
  • #49798 – Customize: Give the WordPress logo a white background for dark mode browsers
  • #49853 – Mail: Make the check for empty post title in wp-mail.php more resilient
  • #49753 – Media: Remove display: none; from the (visually hidden) <input type="file"> button used in Plupload to select files for uploading. Fixes selecting files in Edge <= 44 and iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. Safari
  • #49772 – Privacy: Support additional elements (table, ol, ul) in privacy policy guide new styling
  • #49802 – Privacy: Make the deprecated wp_get_user_request_data() function available on front end
  • #49645REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.: Fix revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. controller get_item permission check
  • #49648 – REST API: Fix _fields filtering of registered rest fields
  • #49824 – Site Health: Instantiation prevents use of some hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. by plugins
  • #49759TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.: Un-deprecate category_link and tag_link filters
  • #49974 – Block Editor updates

What’s next?

Committers: The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) still applies when making any changes to the 5.4 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch"..

The official 5.4.1 release is still scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Happy Testing!

#5-4-1, #minor-releases

WordPress 5.3.2 Release Candidate 1

WordPress 5.3.2 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 (RC 1) is now available for testing!

There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.3.2 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (you’ll want to select the point 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. nightlies option), or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

5.3.2 features 5 bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. and regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. fixes:

Here’s the full list:

  • Date/Time component: #48957 – Call to a member function format() on boolean in wp-includes/feed.php
  • Upload component: #48975 – Fix unhandled upper/lower case change in wp_unique_filename()
  • Media component: #48960 – Failed to open dir: No such file or directory in Windows
  • Build/Test tools component: #48145 – Random PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 test failures
  • Administration component: #49003 – Permalink buttons lack color contrast in most alternate color schemes

For reference, see the full 5.3.2 report on Trac.

Final release schedule

@azaozz@sergeybiryukov and @audrasjb are taking care of this maintenance release as 5.3.2 is coming very shortly after 5.3.1 was released.

Expected schedule for 5.3.2 final release is Wednesday December 18, 2019, right before or after the devchat weekly meeting

#5-3-2, #minor-releases

WordPress 5.3.2 Maintenance release schedule

Shortly after WordPress 5.3.1 was released, a couple of high severityseverity The seriousness of the ticket in the eyes of the reporter. Generally, severity is a judgment of how bad a bug is, while priority is its relationship to other bugs. TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. tickets were opened. The CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team immediately scheduled two bug scrubs to help these tickets moving forward.

Main tickets addressed in 5.3.2:

  • Date/Time component: #48957 – Call to a member function format() on boolean in wp-includes/feed.php
  • Upload component: #48975 – Fix unhandled upper/lower case change in wp_unique_filename()
  • Media component: #48960 – Failed to open dir: No such file or directory in Windows
  • Build/Test tools component: #48145 – Random PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 test failures
  • Administration component: #49003 – Permalink buttons lack color contrast in most alternate color schemes

For reference, see the full 5.3.2 report on Trac.

@azaozz @sergeybiryukov and @audrasjb will take care of this maintenance release as 5.3.2 is coming very shortly after 5.3.1 was released.

Expected schedule for 5.3.2:

  • Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1: Tuesday December 17, 2019 around 20:00 UTC (start of the release process)
  • Final release: Wednesday December 18, 2019 right before or after the devchat weekly meeting

#5-3, #minor-releases

WordPress 5.3.1 RC 2

WordPress 5.3.1 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 2 (RC 2) is now available for testing!

You can test it in one of two ways:

  • Install the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (you’ll want to select the point 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. nightlies option)
  • Download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

Beyond the tickets that were already fixed in WP 5.3.1 RC 1, this second release candidate includes three new patches, on these three tickets:

  1. #48943: comment_form() expects optional “email” field to be passed
  2. #47069: The adminadmin (and super admin) bar on the front end has reduced functionality and bugs when jQuery not being used (reopened for some improvements)
  3. #48927: Aesthetic Issues with Language Select on Install introduced in 5.3.1 RC1

Final release is planned for December 12th.

Thanks @marybaum for proof-reading this post and @sergeybiryukov for building the packages.

#5-3-1, #minor-releases

WordPress 5.3.1 RC 1

WordPress 5.3.1 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 (RC 1) is now available for testing!

There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.3.1 release candidate: try the WordPress Beta Tester pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party (you’ll want to select the point 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. nightlies option), or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

5.3.1 features 44 bug and regression fixes, including improvements concerning the 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, Twenty Twenty bundled theme, accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) focus, Adminadmin (and super admin) CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets., internationalization, media, date/time…

Here’s the full list:

  • #30429: wp.newPost gets non-GMT date calculation wrong
  • #31245: Replace alloptions with a key cache
  • #42437: Thumbnails can overwrite other uploads if filename matches
  • #48271: Media Library: Tab structure does not use tab semantics
  • #48313: Administration email verification uses the site localeLocale A locale is a combination of language and regional dialect. Usually locales correspond to countries, as is the case with Portuguese (Portugal) and Portuguese (Brazil). Other examples of locales include Canadian English and U.S. English. instead of the user’s locale
  • #48324: Undefined index: full in/wp-includes/media.php on line 214
  • #48334: Allow the remind interval for the admin email verification to be filtered
  • #48355: Media: add semantic indication for the buttons group active state
  • #48371: Update sodium_compat to v1.12.1
  • #48376: Update kses safecss_filter_attr function to allow gradient backgrounds
  • #48406: Dashboard: Some links can be identified as such only by their color
  • #48409: Menus: form controls disabled only visually when creating a new menu
  • #48420: Admin CSS: standardize form controls heights, alignments, etc.
  • #48550: Twenty Twenty: CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. option to show or hide author bio
  • #48551: Twenty Twenty: Replace JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors.-based smooth scroll with CSS
  • #48582: Better to have some hover effects on credits list
  • #48585: Color contrast changes impact color schemes negatively
  • #48588: Unable to Replace Image in Image 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. is using “Insert from URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org
  • #48592: About display of tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.) cloud widget
  • #48598: :active button color issue in all color schemes except for “Default”
  • #48601: Twenty Twenty: document.body is null
  • #48606: Some date formats get incorrectly output in Italian
  • #48619: Twenty Twenty: Author bio and bottom post 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. misaligned on mobile
  • #48623: WP 5.3 time problem causes day number shifts in permalinks
  • #48624: Twenty Twenty: Duplicate array key/value in TwentyTwenty_Non_Latin_Languages::get_non_latin_css
  • #48652: Twenty Twenty: Input wp-comment-cookies-consent Checkbox in Comment Form is Too Small
  • #48674: Typo in wp_credits_section_title documentation
  • #48675: mysql2date adding timezone offset when given GMT time
  • #48688: TwentyTwenty: Issue with instagram oembed css
  • #48692: Add PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 time zone check to Site Health
  • #48696: Remove the CollegeHumor oEmbed provider
  • #48704: Twenty Twenty: Spelling correction of a variable and inline documentation.
  • #48725: Additional Capabilities list displayed in user-edit broke after 5.3 update
  • #48736: Exclude PNG images from scaling after upload
  • #48763: Twenty Twenty: SmoothScroll is broken
  • #48815: Select comment checkbox is partially hidden on pending comments in mobile
  • #48866: TwentyTwenty: Paginated comments don’t work
  • #48876: Twenty Twenty: High input fields are misaligned in Firefox
  • #48884: Update WordPress packages with fixes targeted for 5.3.1
  • #48906: Twenty Twenty: Add context for twentytwenty_start_of_post_meta_list and twentytwenty_end_of_post_meta_list
  • #48907: Media Editor: Consistent width for Scale and Crop inputs
  • #48918: Twenty Twenty: echoing bloginfo()
  • #48599: Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in ../wp-admin/includes/plugin.php on line 1392
  • #47069: Twenty Nineteen: the admin bar on the front end has reduced functionalities and bugs due to jQuery not being used

#5-3-1, #minor-releases

WordPress 4.9.7

WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. This maintenance and security release fixes 17 bugs.

Download WordPress 4.9.7 or visit Dashboard → Updates and click “Update Now”. Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update automatically.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to WordPress 4.9.7:

1naveengiriAaron JorbinabdullahramzanalejandroxlopezAndrew OzzArunBirgir Erlendsson (birgire)BjornWBoone GorgesBrandon KraftChetan PrajapatiDavid HerreraFelix ArntzGarethIan DunnibelangerJohn BlackbournJonathan Desrosiers, JoykhaihonglbenicioLeander IversenmermelmetalandcoffeeMigrated to @jeffpaul, palmiakSergey BiryukovskoldinSubrata SarkarTowhidul Islamwarmlaundry, and YuriV.

WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a file deletion issue where a user with the capability to edit and delete media files could potentially manipulate media metadata to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.

Thank you to Slavco for reporting the original issue and Matt Barry for reporting related issues.

Other highlights of 4.9.7 include:

  • TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies.: Improve cache handling for term queries.
  • Posts, Post Types: Clear post password cookie when logging out.
  • Widgets: Allow basic HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. tags in sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. descriptions on Widgets adminadmin (and super admin) screen.
  • Community Events Dashboard: Always show the nearest WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. if one is coming up, even if there are multiple Meetups happening first.
  • Privacy: Make sure default privacy policy content does not cause a fatal error when flushing rewrite rules outside of the admin context.

You can see the full list of changes in TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress..

The previously scheduled 4.9.7 is now referred to as 4.9.8, and will follow the release schedule posted yesterday.

#minor-releases, #security

Continuing inline docs improvements adjacent to 4.8

As we’re now into the full throes of the 4.8 cycle, the uncertainty that comes with not releasing “until it’s ready” inevitably creates a lull in areas other than the three focuses. Areas like maintaining our inline documentation, which populates the official Code Reference.

In the past, the freshness of coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.’s inline documentation relied almost entirely on a regular, 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. schedule. And due to a preference for keeping the number of changed files low, inclusion of docs fixes in minor releases has previously been a rare occurrence.

Until now.

I’ve spoken with @matt, and the decision has been made to go ahead and prioritize some inline docsinline docs (phpdoc, docblock, xref) fixes for inclusion in minor releases going forward.

As with any decision, there are certainly pros and cons. Here are some of them:

Pros:

  • Ability to continue our ongoing inline docs maintenance adjacent to the 4.8 major release
  • Ability to address some glaring docs errors that we’ve been fixing manually in the Code Reference
  • Continue forward progress in documenting core JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/.
  • Prioritize docs improvements for existing functionality in the three focus areas ahead of the 4.8 release, freeing up resources for documenting new functionality

Cons:

  • Number of changes and changed files in minor releases will increase (within reason)
  • All changes pushed to trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. will also need to be backported to the 4.7 (or current stable) branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch".

It’s worth noting that the reason the number of changed files has traditionally been kept low is to reduce the number of automatic update failures. The hope is that since we’ve been pushing automatic updates for 10 major versions now, reliability is less of a factor now than it has been previously.

It’s also worth noting that we shouldn’t expect a downtick in activity for core team resources focused on the three areas following this decision. As always, inline docs contributors will be focused on major release priorities before 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. ones.

This decision simply maintains the inline docs team’s ability to ensure the usefulness of core’s source documentation for the thousands of users and developers who rely on it every day.

#inline-docs, #minor-releases, #release-process