WordPress 5.2 Release Candidate is now available for the general public to test.
A release candidate means that the core team is almost ready with WordPress 5.2. However, with the millions of users and thousands of themes and plugins, there sure is a possibility that something might have been missed. Therefore, the core team wants users to test the release candidate in order to make the 5.2 update complete, smooth and bug-free.
The WordPress 5.2 Release Candidate is an important update since the release date for WordPress 5.2 is nearing. WordPress 5.2 has been scheduled to be released on 7th May 2019.
To test WordPress 5.2 Release Candidate, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want to select the “bleeding edge nightlies” option) or you can also directly download the release candidate here (zip).
Here is what you will find in WordPress 5.2:
- Site Health Check feature with two new pages – Site Health Status and Site Health Info
- Fatal Error Recovery Mode
- Block Editor Enhancements with new blocks like RSS block, Amazon Kindle Embed block, Cover Focal Point Picker, and more with the option to enable/disable blocks within the block inserter.
- Accessibility Improvements
If you want to know more about major changes in detail, check out the WordPress 5.2 Field Guide.
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 5.2. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.2 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.2. 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 5.2.