WordPress 6.5.3 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.5.3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test: wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.5.3-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.5.3 RC1 features 11 fixes in Core as well as 8 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.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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/ are fixed:

  • #60489 – Layout: Skip outputting base layout rules that reference content or wide sizes if no layout sizes exist
  • #60620 – Fix inserter pattern pagination focus loss
  • #60608 – Fix static posts page setting resolved template
  • #60641 – Font Library: Fix modal scrollbar
  • #60661 – Interactivity 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.: Allow multiple event handlers for the same type with data-wp-on.
  • #60668 – Layout: Always add semantic classes
  • #60845 – List View: Fix stuck dragging mode in UIUI User interface in Firefox when dealing with deeply nested lists
  • #60764 – Don’t output base flow and constrained layout rules on themes without theme.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.5 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"..

The final release is expected on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024. Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-5-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

Thanks to @grantmkin, @hellofromtonya for pre-publication review and @davidbaumwald @desrosj for RC package assistance.

#6-5, #6-5-x, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 6.4.3 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.4.3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.4.3-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.4.3 RC1 features 5 fixes in Core as well as 16 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.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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/ are fixed:

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.4 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 final release is expected on Tuesday, Janury 30th, 2024. Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-4-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

Thanks to @joemcgill for pre-publication review

#6-4, #6-4-x, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 6.4.1 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.4.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.4.1-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.4.1 RC1 features three (3) fixes.

The following tickets are fixed:

What’s next?

The final release is expected later today Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 18:00 UTC-6 (tomorrow Nov 9 @ 00:00 UTC). Please note that this timing may change pending issues reported after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. using the #core channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

The WordPress 6.4.1 release is led by @jorbin coordinating @hellofromtonya @afragen @clorith @desrosj @pbiron @schlessera @azaozz @tomsommer @nexflaszlo @howdy_mcgee @baxbridge @earnjam @timothyblynjacobs @johnbillion @flixos90 @joedolson @jeffpaul @zunaid321 @courane01 @audrasjb @tacoverdo @ironprogrammer @webcommsat @otto42 @barry and @chanthaboune

#6-4, #6-4-1, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 6.4 Beta 4

WordPress 6.4 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. 4 is ready for download and testing!

This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it’s recommended that you test Beta 4 on a test server and site.

You can test this WordPress 6.4 Beta in three ways:

  • Option 1: Install and activate 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 “Bleeding edgebleeding edge The latest revision of the software, generally in development and often unstable. Also known as trunk.” channel and “Beta/RCrelease 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). Only” stream).
  • Option 2: Direct download the Beta 4 version (zip).
  • Option 3: Use the following WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ command: wp core update --version=6.4-beta4

The current target for the final release is November 7, 2023, which is just over three weeks away. Your continued help with testing is vital to ensuring everything in this release is the best it can be.

Get an overview of the 6.4 release cycle, and check the Make WordPress Core blog for 6.4-related posts in the coming weeks for further details.

This is an extra beta

Testing for issues is a critical part of developing any software, and it’s a great way to start contributing to WordPress—now more than ever. This detailed guide is a great place to start if you’ve never tested a beta release.

This beta is in response to the WordPress 6.3.2 Maintenance and Security release released today; more information can be found on that release’s post.

The 6.4 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). is still scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, but as always depends on your confirmation during testing. So please download and test.

Thank you to the following contributors for their support on this release: @hellofromtonya

#6-4, #beta, #releases

WordPress 6.3.2 RC1 is now available

Update (Oct. 9): In order to accommodate the need for hosts to deal with the pending curl 8.4.0 security release on Wednesday, the 6.3.2 final release date will be delayed to Thursday, Oct 12.

WordPress 6.3.2 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.3.2-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.3.2 RC1 features 19 fixes on Core as well as 22 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.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

  • #59489 — Themes: Fix core block style paths on Windows
  • #59198 — Upgrade/Install: Check plugin compatibility during bulk upgrades
  • #59293 — Editor: Update packages with 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. fixes for 6.3.2 
  • #59086 — Twenty Twenty: Fix style issues within iframed editor
  • #59196 — Build Tools: Avoid doing copy:dynamic when running grunt watch when using --dev option
  • #59193REST 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/.: Remove misleading comment in WP_REST_Blocks_Controller->get_item_schema
  • #59108 — Editor: Preserve block style variations when securing theme
  • #59041 — Post Types: allow trashing draft patterns
  • #59018 — Editor: Fix loading of assets in blocks in child themes where the directory name starts with the parent theme’s directory name
  • #59000 — Editor: Prevent possibility of a fatal error when previewing block themes
  • #58754 — Editor: Don’t use fluid layout value in typography
  • #58119HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. 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.: Remove all duplicate copies of an attribute when removing
  • #59394 — Build/Test Tools: Add sys_get_temp_dir() to open_basedir tests
  • #59320 — Upgrade/Install: Fix broken sprintf() call when deleting a backup
  • #59292 — HTML API: Skip over contents of RAWTEXT elements such as STYLE
  • #58779 — Build/Test Tools: Restore automatically retrying failed E2E tests once
  • #59111 — Themes: Avoid stale caches for core block styles
  • #59226 — Posts, Post Types: Reinstate missing sort_column options in get_pages()
  • #59224 — Posts, Post Types: Avoid redundant SQL query in get_pages()

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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/ are fixed:

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.3 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 final release is expected on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 Thursday, October 12th, 2023. Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-3-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

The WordPress 6.3.2 first 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). was led by @joemcgill and @audrasjb with the help of @davidbaumwald at mission control and @isabel_brison on Editor backports.

#6-3, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 6.3.1 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.3.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.3.1-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.3.1 RC1 features 4 fixes on Core as well as 6 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.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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/ are fixed:

What’s next?

The developer-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.3 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 final release is expected on Tuesday, August 29th, 2023. Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-3-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

The WordPress 6.3.1 release is led by @audrasjb and @azaozz with the help of @sergeybiryukov at mission control.

#6-3, #6-3-1, #minor-releases, #releases

WordPress 6.3 Release Candidate 4 (RC4) Now Available for Testing

This unplanned RC4 release does not impact the general WordPress 6.3 release date, which is scheduled for tomorrow, 2023-08-08 19:00 UTC

The following issue has been addressed since RC3:

Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the 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./RCrelease 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). releases and provided feedback. Testing is a critical part of making each release strong and a great way to contribute to WordPress.

Installing RC4

This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you install RC4 on a test server and site. 

You can test WordPress 6.3 RC4 in three ways:

Option 1: Install and activate 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 “Bleeding edgebleeding edge The latest revision of the software, generally in development and often unstable. Also known as trunk.” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream).

Option 2: Direct download the release candidate version (zip).

Option 3: Run the following command to upgrade via WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/:
wp core update --version=6.3-RC4

Plugin and Theme Developers

All plugin and theme developers are encouraged to complete testing of their respective extensions against WordPress 6.3 RC4 and update the “Tested up to” version in their readme file to 6.3 this week. If you find compatibility problems, please post detailed information to the support forums, so these items can be investigated promptly.

Review the WordPress 6.3 Field Guide, for more details on this release.

You can find additional information on the entire 6.3 release cycle.

Check the Make WordPress Core blog for 6.3-related developer notes for further details on the 6.3 release.

How to Help Test WordPress

Testing for issues is critical for stabilizing a release throughout its development. Testing is also a great way to contribute to WordPress. If you are new to testing, check out this detailed guide that will walk you through how to get started.

If you think you have run into an issue, please report it to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you are comfortable writing a reproducible 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. report, you can file one on WordPress Trac. This is also where you can find a list of known bugs.

Can you speak and write in a language other than English? Help translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!


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#6-3 #development #releases

WordPress 6.2.1 RC1 is now available

WordPress 6.2.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is available for testing! Some ways you can help test this minor release:

  • 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
    • As this is a minor RCrelease 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). release, select the Point Release channel and the Nightlies stream. This is the latest build including the RC and potentially any subsequent commits in trunk.
  • Use WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ to test:
    wp core update https://wordpress.org/wordpress-6.2.1-RC1.zip
  • Directly download the Beta/RC version.

What’s in this release candidate?

6.2.1 RC1 features 19 fixes on Core as well as 10 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.

The following coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tickets from TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. are fixed:

  • #57387 – use aligncenter class in about page sub-heading
  • #57903 – Non-core blocks are not properly loading RTL stylesheets
  • #57918 – “Deprecated” on the Appearance Menu page of the classic theme.
  • #57937 – Sync the SECURITY.md file with our HackerOne policy
  • #57994 – Coding Standards fixes for WP 6.2.1
  • 57996 – Change $search_columns type from array to string[].
  • #58007HTMLHTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers. 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.: Support comments created by 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. 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.) name in tag closers
  • #58028WP_HTML_Tag_Processor: Its reference in the Developer Resources is broken
  • #58051 – Attachment custom fields not rendered after upload
  • #58064 – In the comment_time function, the call to the get_comment_time function is incorrect.
  • #58069 – Performance of _wp_normalize_relative_css_links() can be increased >2x
  • #58096 – Incorrect color for “Theme enabled.” adminadmin (and super admin) notice
  • #58146 – HTML API: Ensure attribute updates happen only once for case variants
  • #58160 – HTML API: Fix case where updates are overlooked when seeking to earlier locations.
  • #58179 – HTML API: Accumulate shift for internal parsing pointer.
  • #58203 – jQuery version doesn’t match
  • #58250 – HTML API: Adjust coding style to pass 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/ linter
  • #58254 – HTML API: Fix ordering issue in docblockdocblock (phpdoc, xref, inline docs) that’s breaking Developer Resources
  • #58274 – Update @wordpress packages for WordPress 6.2.1

The following block editor issues from GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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/ are fixed:

  • GH 49135i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill.: Add context to labels related to CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. position properties
  • GH 49054 – Comments: Fix ‘sprintf requires more than 1 params’ error
  • GH 49861 – Fix the site editor loading in multi-site installs
  • GH 49881 – Fix quick inserter going off-screen in some situations
  • GH 49685 – Site Editor: Decode the site title properly
  • GH 48210 – Firefox: fix input rules (ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. async state issue)
  • GH 49703 – Only show alignment info when parent layout is constrained
  • GH 49450 – [Inserter]: Fix onHover error on patterns tab in mobile
  • GH 49364 – Fix site editor redirection after creating new template or template part
  • GH 49675 – Site Editor: fix the ‘back to Dashboard’ links labelling

What’s next?

The developer-reviewed workflow (double committer sign-off) is now in effect when making changes to the 6.2 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 final release is expected on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 (see the release planning). Please note that this date can change depending on possible issues after RC1 is released. Coordination will happen in the WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ 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/. #6-2-release-leads channel.

A special thanks to everyone who helped test, raised issues, and helped to fix tickets. With this release candidate, testing continues, so please help test!

The WordPress 6.2.1 release is led by @audrasjb, @mamaduka and @sergeybiryukov.

Thanks @costdev and @francina for proofreading.

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WordPress 6.2 release date updated: March 29, 2023

The WordPress 6.2 release was due today, March 28, 2023. However, a regression with date formats has been spotted during the 24-hour freeze. Release leads have agreed to revert the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. that introduced the 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., which will require another 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). version, restarting the 24-hour freeze timer, and a new release date on March 29th.

Ensuring the newest version of WordPress meets the best quality standards and doesn’t introduce a regression that can impact many popular business-oriented plugins is essential.

WordPress 6.2 Release Candidate 5 has been shipped, reverting the following changeset:

Following this RCrelease 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). release, the 24-hour code freeze timer has been restarted, and the current target release date is 2023-03-29 at 17:00 UTC.


Props to @cbringmann, @costdev,@davidbaumwald, and @hellofromtonya for peer-reviewing this post.

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WordPress 6.2 Release Candidate 4

To get ready for the final release of WordPress 6.2 on March 28, 2023, an RC4 has been put together to help cover some last-minute fixes. 

Here’s what’s changed since RC3:

  • Revert changesets [55358] and [55360], restoring the wp_insert_user() function back to its previous state, to avoid a 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. on the related wp_update_user() function (see tickets #57967 and #57394).

Thanks to everyone who has assisted with testing this release. Your feedback and help in filing 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. reports keep the WordPress experience stable, smooth, and delightful. It’s critical work and a great way to contribute to the project—especially in these final moments before release day.

How to install RC4

This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you test RC4 on a test server and site. 

You can test WordPress 6.2 RC4 in three ways:

  • Option 1: Install and activate 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 “Bleeding edgebleeding edge The latest revision of the software, generally in development and often unstable. Also known as trunk.” channel and “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./RCrelease 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). Only” stream).
  • Option 2: Direct download the RC4 version (zip).
  • Option 3: Use the following WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ command:

    wp core update --version=6.2-RC4

Keep WordPress bug-free—help with testing

Without your testing support, hitting important product milestones would be a much bigger challenge. It’s also a meaningful way to contribute to the project. If you’re new to testing, or it’s been a while, this detailed guide can help you get started. 

If you think you have run into an issue, please report it to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you are comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, you can file one on WordPress Trac. You can also check your issue against a list of known bugs.

Test your plugins and themes

As you test your latest versions against RC4, make sure you update the “Tested up to” version in your plugin’s readme file to 6.2. If you find compatibility problems, please post detailed information to the support forums.

Check out the WordPress 6.2 Field Guide for more details about the major changes in this release.

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Release the haiku

What’s this? RC4?
Get those fixes out the door
Release day is close

Thank you to the following contributors for collaborating on this post: @audrasjb @hellofromtonya

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