WordPress 5.8 Beta 2 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 it.
You can test the WordPress 5.8 Beta 2 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 the final release is July 20, 2021. That’s just five weeks away, so your help is vital to ensure that the final release is as good as it can be.
- Block Editor: Remove bundled block patterns and support the patterns directory. (#53246)
- Block Editor: Add a type property to allow Core to identify the source of the editor styles. (#53175)
- Build/Test Tools: Adds some tests for Quick Draft section in Dashboard. (#52905)
- Build/Test Tools: Replaced @babel/polyfill with core-js/stable. (#52941)
- Coding Standards: Further update the code for bulk menu items deletion to better follow WordPress coding standards. (#21603)
- External Libraries: Update Underscore to version 1.13.1. (#45785)
- General: A number of block editor, template mode and widget screen related fixes. (#51149)
- Login and Registration: Improve the unknown username error message. (#52915)
- Media: Restore AJAX response data shape in media library. (#50105)
- Site Health: Display a list of file formats supported by the GD library. (#53022)
- Twemoji: It’s the new one! (#52852)
How You Can Help
Do some testing!
Testing for bugs is a vital part of polishing the release during the beta stage and a great way to contribute.
If you think you’ve found a bug, please post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We would love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac. That’s also where you can find a list of known bugs.
Install won’t you please
WordPress 5-8 Beta 2?
We need your help: test!