The second beta for the next big release, WordPress 5.7 is available for the general public to test. WordPress 5.7 Beta 2 was released yesterday on 9th February 2021.
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 5.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
There have been 38 tickets closed since the first beta release. It includes numerous small bug fixes and improvements to help smoothen your WordPress experience. Have a quick look at the Beta 2 highlights.
- Italicized text removed to improve accessibility and readability
- Pause any playing media when closing the media modal
- Add Content-Security-Policy script loaders
- Twenty Twenty-One theme enhancements
- Gutenberg editor support for custom spacing
- Resolved Menu UI issues on medium-large screen sizes
- Admin UI color palette: ensure that all interactive elements have an appropriate contrast ratio
WordPress 5.7 Release is on for March 9, 2021, and the development team can surely use all the help they can get.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.
Check out the previous Beta 1 post to learn more about what’s coming in WordPress 5.7.