WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 4 Now Available!

WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 4 Available

Good morning WordPressers! The fourth Release Candidate for the next major release is here. WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 4 is now available for the general public to test. The RC4 update includes 3 bug fixes for the new default theme along with a few other updates.

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.

The next major release this year is nearing. WordPress 5.3 will be released on November 12, 2019. Since this is a major change and includes big changes, the development team needs your help to test the release.

To test WordPress 5.3, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download WordPress 5.3 release candidate 4 here (zip).

As we mentioned above, this fourth Release Candidate includes 3 bug fixes for Twenty Twenty, the new default theme that will be introduced in the major release.

Bug Fixes for Twenty Twenty theme:

  • A fix for broken ‘Continue Reading’ link.
  • A fix for missing touch events in submenu items of the main nav.
  • Add missing credits for _s theme.

Along with the bug fixes come a few other enhancements:

  • Updated the Twemoji library from 12.1.2 to 12.1.3 (#48293).
  • Two regressions in the Media component (#48451 and #48453).
  • One bug in the Upload component (#48472)
  • Five bugs in the Block Editor component (#48502)

If you want to know what you can expect in the next big release, you can check out RC1RC2, RC3, or WordPress 5.3 Field Guide.

A new dev note has been published since the Field Guide was released, Use of the “wp_update_attachment_metadata” filter as “upload is complete” hook. Plugin and theme authors are asked to please read this note and make any necessary adjustments to continue working well in WordPress 5.3 or share any difficulties encountered on #48451.

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. After testing, they can 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.

Are you guys ready for the WordPress 5.3 update?

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