WordPress 5.1 Beta 3 Now Available for Testing!

The third beta version, WordPress 5.1 Beta 3 is now available for the general public to test. The Beta 3 was released just an hour ago.

Since the software is still in development mode, it’s best that you don’t run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 5.1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

Highlights in WordPress 5.1 Beta 3

Site Health Check

One of the features originally slated for WordPress 5.1—the PHP error protection handler—will target WordPress 5.2 instead. Some potential security issues were discovered in the implementation: rather than risk releasing insecure code, the team decided to pull it out of WordPress 5.1. The work in #46130 is showing good progress towards addressing the security concerns if you’d like to follow development progress on this feature.

Additional Changes

A handful of smaller bug fixes have been introduced. Some of which includes:

  • TinyMCE has been upgraded to version 4.9.2 (#46094).
  • The block editor has had a couple of bugs fixed (#46137).
  • A few differences in behavior between the classic block and the classic editor have been fixed (#46062, #46071, #46085).
  • When adding rel attributes to links, ensure the value isn’t empty (#45352), and that it works as expected with customizer changesets (#45292).

Developer Notes

WordPress 5.1 has many changes aimed at polishing the developer experience. To stay informed, you can check out the developers’ notes on the Make WordPress Core blog throughout the release cycle.

For more information on what’s new in WordPress 5.1, check out our blog posts for Beta 1 and Beta 2.

The big release, 5.1 is targeted to be released on February 21, according to the schedule updates.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post it to the Alpha /Beta area in the support forums. If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.


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