The second release candidate for the next big release – WordPress 5.8 Release Candidate 2 is now available for testing.
To test WordPress 5.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” and Beta/RC Only” options) or you can also download WordPress 5.8 release candidate 2 here (zip). You can also use WP-CLI to test: wp core update –version=5.8-RC2
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.8. 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 5.8 has been scheduled to be released on 20th July 2021. 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.
You can check out the first Release Candidate or WordPress 5.8 Field Guide to know what to expect in the next big release.
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 5.8. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against 5.8. They can update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.8. If you find compatibility issues, please be sure to post to the support forums so the team can figure those out before the final release of WordPress 5.8.