WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 1 Now Available for Testing!

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WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC) is now available for the general public to test.

A release candidate means that the core team is almost done with WordPress 6.0. However, with the millions of users and thousands of themes and plugins, there sure is a possibility that something might have been missed. Therefore, the core team wants users to test the release candidate to make the 6.0 update complete and enhanced.

This first RC, WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate is one of the most important as this is one of the first steps to moving forward to the major release, v6.0. It features the latest advances in the block editor. Most importantly, this release is the first version of full site editing in Core. Therefore, as WordPress users, it is our responsibility to help the team deliver the finest version of WordPress by testing it.

The WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate is an important update since the release date for WordPress 6.0 is nearing. WordPress 6.0 has been scheduled to be released on 24th May 2022.

To test the WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want to select the “bleeding edge” channel with the “Beta/RC Only” stream) or you can also directly download the release candidate here (zip).

You can also test WordPress 6.0 using WP CLI using the following command:

Command One:
wp core update –version=6.0-RC1

Command Two:
wp core update –version=6.0-RC1 –force

Here’s what you will find in WordPress 6.0:

  • Easy Style Switch
  • More Template Options
  • Easy Selection of Texts across Multiple Blocks
  • Retain Styles
  • More Exciting Patterns
  • List View Improvements
  • Refined Design Tools
  • New Blocks
  • Many Block Feature Improvements


If you find any bugs or issues, you can report them to the Alpha/Beta support forum. This will help the development team to ship WordPress 6.0. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

Developers have been asked to test their plugins and themes against WordPress 6.0 Release Candidate 1 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 6.0. 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 6.0.





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