WordPress 5.0 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to download for testing.
A release candidate means that the core team is almost done with WordPress 5.0. But, there are millions of users and thousands of themes and plugins, and the core team is fully aware of the possibility that something might have been missed.
The WordPress 5.0 release date has shifted from the 27th to give more time for the RC to be fully tested. A final release date will be announced soon, based on the feedback on the RC. So, the core development team is requesting all the WordPress users to test the platform for any bugs and notify the authors, if they find any issue.
To test WordPress 5.0, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can also download the release candidate here (zip).
Here is what you will find in WordPress 5.0:
A new Block-based Post Editor – Gutenberg Editor is introduced in WordPress 5.0. It is one of the buzzing features in the upcoming major released. The new default block editor will provide you with a new editing experience. You will have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, write code for a living.
For those who’re not quite comfortable working with new default block editor, you can install the Classic Editor Plugin and continue to use the classic post editor when you upgrade to WordPress 5.0.
The new default theme, Twenty Nineteen features custom styles for the blocks available by default in 5.0. The theme is designed to work for a wide variety of use cases. Twenty Nineteen can be used for a blog, a business website or any other type.
Some of the other notable changes in WordPress 5.0.
- All of the previous default themes, from Twenty Ten through to Twenty Seventeen, have been updated to support the block editor.
- You can improve the accessibility of the content you write, now that simple ARIA labels can be saved in posts and pages.
- WordPress 5.0 officially supports the upcoming PHP 7.3 release: if you’re using an older version, we encourage you to upgrade PHP on your site.
You can also check out our previous blog posts on WordPress Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4, and Beta 5.
If you find any bug or issue, you can report them to the Alpha/Beta support forum. This will help the development team to ship WordPress 5.0. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers have been asked to test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.0 and update their plugin’s Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.0. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so the team can figure those out before the final release of WordPress 5.0. An in-depth field guide to developer-focused changes is coming soon on the core development blog. In the meantime, you can review the developer notes for 5.0.