WordPress Major Release Schedule

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A new WordPress releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. schedule has been published with provisional dates for the next two years. Produced by the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team, it responds to feedback from the community to help with planning.

The timeline goes up to the end of 2021 and to a version 6.0. The dates may need to be revised when the work on the release begins, to accommodate changes in technology and the project. But this new outline of dates will give developers and other WordPress users time to be more aware of any implications for their own product timelines and work.

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With more than 35% of the web using WordPress for their online platform, users are increasingly asking for timescale information to plan for new releases. Users may want to test and tweak their websites with new releases and this may need careful planning. It is hoped this provisional schedule will help them do this and raise awareness of future release dates.

For 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 or theme creators, this roadmap provides timeframes to help them get involved with each release’s development. It will also aid their planning for new features or testing. 

The schedule

Version Provisional release date
5.4 April 21, 2020
5.5 August 11, 2020
5.6 December 8, 2020
5.7 March 9, 2021
5.8 June 8, 2021
5.9 September 14, 2021
6.0 December 7, 2021

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Thanks to contributors @mikerbg, @webcommsat, @francina, @megphillips91, @mta1 @yvettesonneveld, @OGlekler, @aurooba, @nullbyte for contributing to the marketing of this release plan.