The third Beta has been released for the upcoming major release, WordPress 5.6. The WordPress 5.6 Beta 3 includes 20 fixes and enhancements. The enhancements were made after the Beta 1 and Beta 2 release in order to smoothen your WordPress experience.
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 5.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
Let’s now have a quick look at the highlights in WordPress 5.6 Beta 3.
Highlights in WordPress 5.6 Beta 3
- Added block patterns for Twenty Twenty and Twenty Nineteen themes.
- Added theme support for navigation-widgets.
- Fixed incorrect slashes in the URL if the parent is empty for REST API.
- Added a test to Site Health to verify that the Authorization header is working as expected for Application Passwords.
- 10 additional bugs fixed in the block editor.
The Beta 3 version also has a handful of changes for the developers to play around with. Check out the developer notes on the WordPress Core.
WordPress 5.6 Release schedule date is on 8th December 2020. And to make the major release smooth and bug-free, the developers need your help. Therefore, we suggest you start testing right away!
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Moreover, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.