WordPress 5.3 Beta 2 is available for testing!

The second beta for the next big release, WordPress 5.3 is available for the general public to test. WordPress 5.3 Beta 2 was released on September 30.

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 5.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

There have been more than 45 tickets closed since the first beta release. It includes numerous small bug fixes and improvements to help smoothen your WordPress experience. Have a quick look at the Beta 2 highlights.

  • Work continues on the block editor.
  • Bugs fixed on Twenty Twenty.
  • Accessibility bugs fixes and enhancements on the interface changes introduced with 5.3 Beta 1:
    • Iterate on the admin interface
    • Reduce potential backward compatibility issues
    • Improve consistency between admin screens and the block editor
    • Better text zoom management
  • Support rel=”ugc”attribute value in comments (#48022) – this particular ticket shows the WordPress project ability to integrate quick solutions to things that are changing unexpectedly – like Google new features.

The Beta 2 version also has a handful of changes for the developers to try out. Check out the developer notes on the WordPress Core.

WordPress 5.3 Release is on for November 12 and the development team can surely use all the help they can get. If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

 

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