The first RC for the next big release, WordPress 5.6 is here. WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate includes updates that you’ll find in the upcoming major release.
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.6. 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 5.6 is on for 8th December 2020.
To test WordPress 5.6, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “Bleeding edge” channel and Beta/RC Only” stream options) or you can directly download the WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate here (zip).
In WordPress 5.6, you will find a brand new default theme, Twenty Twenty One. You will also find many enhancements and features, for instance, Block Editor Enhancements, New Blocks, Improved drag-and-drop functionality, Better Accessibility, and many more.
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 5.6. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.6. After testing, you can update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.6. 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 5.6.