WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate, the first RC for WordPress v5.5 is now available for testing! It includes updates that you will find in the next big release, WordPress 5.5.
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.5. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed. As WordPressers, it is our responsibility to help the team by testing the new updates.
The major release, WordPress 5.5 is on for August 11, 2020.
In WordPress 5.5, you will be finding many enhancements and features. For instance, Block Editor UI Improvements, New Block Directory, Block Patterns, Inline Image Editing, WP Plugins and Themes Auto Updates, Default WP XML Sitemaps, Default Lazy Loading Images, and many others.
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 5.5. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.5. After testing, you can update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.5. 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 5.5.