WordPress 5.8 Release Candidate


The first launch candidate for WordPress 5.8 is now accessible! ?

Please be a part of us in celebrating this crucial milestone in the neighborhood’s progress in direction of the ultimate launch of WordPress 5.8!

“Release Candidate” means the brand new model is prepared for launch, however with hundreds of plugins and themes and variations in how the hundreds of thousands of individuals use WordPress, it’s potential one thing was missed. WordPress 5.8 is slated for launch on July 20, 2021, however your assist is required to get there—when you have not tried 5.8 but, now could be the time!

You can check the WordPress 5.8 launch candidate in 3 ways:

  • Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the Bleeding edge channel after which Beta/RC Only stream)
  • Directly obtain the discharge candidate model (zip)
  • Using WP-CLI to check: wp core replace --version=5.8-RC1

Thank you to the entire contributors who examined the Beta releases and gave suggestions. Testing for bugs is a vital a part of sprucing each launch and an effective way to contribute to WordPress.

What is in WordPress 5.8?

The second launch of 2021 continues to progress on the block editor in direction of the promised way forward for full web site enhancing with these updates:

  • Manage Widgets with Blocks
  • Display Posts with New Blocks and Patterns
  • Edit Post Templates
  • Overview of the Page Structure
  • Suggested Patterns for Blocks
  • Style and Colorize Images
  • theme.json
  • Dropping assist for IE11
  • Adding assist for WebP
  • Adding Additional Block Supports
  • Version 10.7 of the Gutenberg plugin

WordPress 5.8 additionally has plenty of refinements to boost the developer expertise. To be taught extra, subscribe to the Make WordPress Core blog and pay particular consideration to the developer notes tag for updates on these and different adjustments that would have an effect on your merchandise.

Plugin and Theme Developers

Please check your plugins and themes in opposition to WordPress 5.8 and replace the Tested as much as model within the readme file to 5.8. If you discover compatibility issues, please make sure to submit to the support forums, so these could be found out earlier than the ultimate launch.

The WordPress 5.8 Field Guide, resulting from be printed very shortly, offers you a deeper dive into the main adjustments.

How to Help

Do you converse a language aside from English?  Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!  This launch additionally marks the hard string freeze level of the 5.8 launch schedule.

If you assume you’ve discovered a bug, you may submit to the Alpha/Beta area within the assist boards. We would love to listen to from you! If you’re snug writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, the place you can even discover a list of known bugs.

Props to @audrasjb, @cbringmann, @webcommsat, and @pbiron for copy strategies and closing overview.

We are nearly there,
WordPress 5.8 comes subsequent month.
We want your assist: check!


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