WordPress 5.8 Launch Candidate

The primary launch candidate for WordPress 5.8 is now obtainable! 🎉

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

“Launch Candidate” means the brand new model is prepared for launch, however with 1000’s of plugins and themes and variations in how the tens of millions of individuals use WordPress, it’s attainable one thing was missed. WordPress 5.8 is slated for launch on July 20, 2021, however your assist is required to get there—in case you have not tried 5.8 but, now could be the time!

You may take a look at the WordPress 5.8 launch candidate in 3 ways:

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

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

What’s in WordPress 5.8?

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

  • Handle Widgets with Blocks
  • Show Posts with New Blocks and Patterns
  • Edit Put up Templates
  • Overview of the Web page Construction
  • Prompt Patterns for Blocks
  • Model and Colorize Photographs
  • theme.json
  • Dropping assist for IE11
  • Including assist for WebP
  • Including Further Block Helps
  • Version 10.7 of the Gutenberg plugin

WordPress 5.8 additionally has a lot of refinements to reinforce 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 modifications that might have an effect on your merchandise.

Plugin and Theme Builders

Please take a look at your plugins and themes in opposition to WordPress 5.8 and replace the Examined as much as model within the readme file to five.8. In the event you discover compatibility issues, please make sure you publish to the support forums, so these will be found out earlier than the ultimate launch.

The WordPress 5.8 Subject Information, attributable to be printed very shortly, provides you with a deeper dive into the main modifications.

The best way to Assist

Do you communicate a language apart 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.

In the event you suppose you’ve got discovered a bug, you may publish to the Alpha/Beta area within the assist boards. We’d love to listen to from you! In case you are snug writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, the place you may as well discover a list of known bugs.

Props to @audrasjb, @cbringmann, @webcommsat, and @pbiron for copy options and ultimate evaluate.


We’re nearly there,
WordPress 5.8 comes subsequent month.
We’d like your assist: take a look at!

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