The second release candidate for the next big release – WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate 2 is now available for testing.
To test WordPress 5.1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can also download WordPress 5.1 release candidate 2 here (zip).
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.1. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed.
WordPress 5.1 has been scheduled to be released on 21st February 2019. Since the major release date is nearing, the core development team is requesting all the WordPress users to test the platform for any bugs and notify the authors, if any occur.
The WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate 2 update has introduced the final ‘About’ page design. It has also included fixes for the below issues:
- New WordPress Installs not setting the database table prefix correctly.
- An HTTP error occurring when opening browser developer tools.
- The legacy media dialog having incorrect pagination link styling.
- The comment form not appearing when clicking “Reply” on comments loaded via Ajax.
If you want to know more about the major changes in 5.1, check out the WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate.
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 5.1. 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 5.1 and update their plugin’s Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.1. 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 5.1.