WordPress 5.0 Beta 5, the beta version of the next big release WordPress 5.0, was made available by WordPress.org earlier today.
The software is still in the development mode, and that is why it is best that you don’t run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the newest version. To get the taste of the future, WordPress 5.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
The major version expected to be released in late-November (official targeted date is November 27) this year. The WordPress development team has fixed some big issues since the Beta 4 release. You can know about them in detail below:
WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 has updated the block editor to match the Gutenberg 4.4 release. These are the changes and bug fixes you’re likely to find in the updated block editor:
- A permalink panel has been added to the document sidebar to make it easier to find.
- Editor document panels can now be programmatically removed.
- The uploading indicator for images and galleries has been replaced with a spinner and faded out image.
- The text and code editing blocks will now use the full width of the editor.
- Image handling has been improved. Images now take up the right amount of space for themes with wider editors (like Twenty Nineteen).
- Hover styles are now correctly disabled for mobile devices.
- The i18n module has been refactored to benefit from significant performance gains.
The new default theme, Twenty Nineteen has been updated and includes several changes, a few of which are:
- Add .button class support.
- Fix editor font-weights for headings.
- Improve support for sticky toolbars in the editor.
- Improve text-selection custom colors for better contrast and legibility.
- Fix editor to prevent Gutenberg’s meta boxes area from overlapping the content.
You can follow the polishing of Twenty Nineteen theme here.
In the WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 update, the final known PHP 7.3 compatibility issue has been fixed. You can brush up on what you need to know about PHP 7.3 and WordPress by checking out the developer note on the Make WordPress Core blog.
So, these were the changes that WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 has introduced since its last Beta 4 release.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.
What has got you excited about the WordPress 5.0? Let us know in the comments below.