WordPress 4.9 release candidate 2 is now available for testing!
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 4.9. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed. So, they’re requesting all the WordPress users to test the platform for any bugs and notify the authors, if they find any.
To test WordPress 4.9, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download WordPress 4.9 release candidate here (zip).
The team has made over 20 changes since the first release candidate. Click here to know more about what new features are coming in WordPress 4.9. You can also check out our previous blog posts on WordPress Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4 and the first Release Candidate.
Some of the specific areas to test in WordPress 4.9 Release Candidate 2 are:
- Theme installation in the Customizer
- Scheduling changes for publishing in the Customizer
- Switching themes with live preview in the Customizer
If you find any bug or issue, you can report them to the Alpha/Beta area. This will help the core development team to ship WordPress 4.9, on Tuesday, November 14. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers have been requested to test their plugins and themes against WordPress 4.9 and update their plugin’s Tested up to the version in the readme to 4.9. 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 4.9. You can check out the summative field guide to WordPress 4.9 developer notes on the core development blog.