The second release candidate for the next big release – WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 2 is now available for testing.
To test WordPress 5.3, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can also download WordPress 5.3 release candidate 2 here (zip).
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.3. 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 5.3 has been scheduled to be released on 12th November 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.
You can check out the first Release Candidate or WordPress 5.3 Field Guide to know what to expect in the next big release.
The update, WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 2 includes the new ‘About’ page improvements. Also, it includes 10 fixes for the following bugs:
- Three bugs contained in RC1 within the block editor have been fixed (see #48381).
- A bug has been fixed where links within comments did not get the correct rel attribute (see #48022).
- The scaled- string has been added to file names when images are downsized if determined “BIG” (see #48304).
- The buttons group layout has been fixed in IE11 (see #48087).
- A bug with boolean false meta values in the REST API has been fixed (see #48363).
- The error code encountered when the native PHP JSON extension is missing has been adjusted to be unique (see #47699).
- When uploading files, HTTP error code support has been expanded to include all 5xx errors (see #48379).
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 5.3. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.3. 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 5.3.