WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate 3 Available for Download

WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate 3

WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate 3 is now available for the general public to test. The third release candidate includes improvements to the block editor and also several block enhancements.

A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.7. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed.

The major release, WordPress 5.7 will be released on March 9, 2021. Since this is a major change and includes big changes, the development team needs your help to test the release.

To test WordPress 5.7, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose ‘Bleeding edge’ and Beta/RC Only options) or you can directly download WordPress 5.7 release candidate 3 here (zip).

As mentioned above, WordPress 5.7 Release Candidate 3 addresses many block editor issues. Following are the blocking issues fixed:

  1. ([5046852646): Twenty Fifteen & Twenty Sixteen: Remove extra space around post editor
  2. ([5046952676): Twenty Twenty-One: Correct inner container background color for Cover Blocks
  3. ([5049452702): Twenty Twenty-One: Make text readable when the dark background is selected for the Media & Text block
  4. ([5050052524): XML-RPC: Pass an empty array to the xmlrpc_call action in methods that have no arguments
  5. ([5048952709): Block Editor: Fix color support for dynamic blocks
  6. ([5049752718): Block Editor: Drop zone: fix media lib duplicate issue
  7. ([5049752718): Block Editor: Fix cover block content position not migrating correctly from deprecated version
  8. ([5049752718): Block Editor: Fix solid-color only cover has a small gray border in the editor only
  9. ([5049752718): Block Editor: Add z-index to gallery fig caption to make sure it is still selectable over the absolute positioned border
  10. ([5049752718): Block Editor: Cover: Add missing align attr to deprecation

To know more about what you can expect in the next big release, v5.7, you can check out RC1RC2, or WordPress 5.7 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 5.7. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.7 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.7. 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 5.7.

The major release is nearing and with that, the excitement is at its peak. Are you guys ready for the WordPress 5.7 update? Drop your thoughts in the comment box.


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