WordPress 5.7 Beta 1

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WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test the WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 in two ways: Install/activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select the Bleeding edge channel and the Beta/RC Only stream) Direct download the beta version here (zip). The current target for final release is March 9, 2021. That’s just five weeks away, so your help is vital to making sure that the final release is as good as […]

The Month in WordPress: December 2020

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We bid goodbye to 2020 in style with the release of WordPress 5.6 and the launch of Learn WordPress. But these weren’t the only exciting updates from WordPress in December. Read on to learn more! WordPress 5.6 is here The latest major WordPress release, version 5.6 “Simone”, came out on December 8. The release ships with a new default theme called Twenty Twenty One. It offers a host of features, including: Greater layout flexibility More block patterns Video captioning support Auto-updates Beta-compatibility for PHP 8.0 Application password support for the REST API Updates to jQuery In addition, WordPress 5.6 is […]

Introducing Learn WordPress

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Learn WordPress is a learning resource providing workshops, quizzes, courses, lesson plans, and discussion groups so that anyone, from beginners to advanced users, can learn to do more with WordPress. Learning how to use, build for, and contribute to WordPress is essential for anyone wanting to dive deeper into the software and its community.  Learn WordPress This cross-team initiative is part of the WordPress.org network and features content from contributors from the global community. It will be updated weekly and will help connect new and existing WordPress users with the broader community while they learn. What can you learn about […]

State of the Word 2020

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State of the Word is an annual keynote address delivered by the project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. This year’s keynote will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on Thursday, Dec 17th, 2020  at 1600 UTC. Have a question? A Question and Answer period with pre-recorded videos will follow State of the Word. To take part, record a video of you asking your question to Matt on your computer or phone (landscape format, please). Don’t forget to include your name and how you use WordPress! Try to keep your video to under a minute so Matt can answer as many questions […]

The Month in WordPress: November 2020

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November 2020 saw several updates to the WordPress 5.6 release. Read on to follow all the latest news from the WordPress world! WordPress 5.6 updates The Core team released WordPress 5.6 Beta 3 on Nov. 2, Beta 4 on Nov. 12, release candidate 1 on Nov. 17, and release candidate 2 on Dec. 1. You can test the Beta versions and the release candidates by downloading them from WordPress.org or by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Check out the WordPress 5.6 field guide to understand the features of WordPress 5.6 and learn how you can incorporate them into your […]

WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate 2

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The second release candidate for WordPress 5.6 is here! WordPress 5.6 is slated for release on December 8, 2020, and we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.6 yet, now is the time! You can test WordPress 5.6 release candidate 2 in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the release candidate here (zip). Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the Beta releases and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is a critical part of polishing every release and a great way to contribute to WordPress. Plugin and Theme Developers Please test your plugins and […]

WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate

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The first release candidate for WordPress 5.6 is now available! This is an important milestone in the community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.6. “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress 5.6 is slated for release on December 8, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.6 yet, now is the time! You can test the WordPress 5.6 release candidate in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “Bleeding edge” channel and Beta/RC Only” stream options) […]

WordPress 5.6 Beta 4

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WordPress 5.6 Beta 4 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). The current target for the final release is December 8, 2020. This is just over three weeks away, so your help is needed to ensure this release is tested properly. Thank you to all of the contributors that tested the beta 3 development release and provided feedback. Testing for bugs is an important […]

WordPress 5.6 Beta 3

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WordPress 5.6 Beta 3 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). The current target for the final release is December 8, 2020. This is just five weeks away, so your help is needed to ensure this release is tested properly. Thank you to all of the contributors that tested the beta 2 development release and provided feedback. Testing for bugs is an important part […]

The Month in WordPress: October 2020

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October 2020 was a notable month for WordPress lovers, thanks to the release of several products and updates. Read on to keep up with all the latest news! The 2020 WordPress Annual Survey is out The team published the 2020 WordPress Annual survey —  to help those who build WordPress to understand more about our software usage and our contributors’ experience. The Annual Survey will be open for at least 6 weeks and is available in French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The survey results (once complete) will be posted on WordPress.org/news. The 2019 survey results have also been released […]