WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 3 is now available for the general public to test. The third release candidate includes 3 crucial enhancements and 9 bug fixes.
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.3. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed.
The major release this year, WordPress 5.3 will be released on November 12, 2019. Since this is a major change and includes big changes, the development team needs your help to test the release.
To test WordPress 5.3, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download WordPress 5.3 release candidate 3 here (zip).
As mentioned above, the WordPress 5.3 Release Candidate 3 update introduces 3 enhancements including About Page improvements and bug fixes for the new default theme, Twenty Twenty. It also includes 9 fixes for the following bugs and regressions:
- Four bugs in the block editor have been fixed (see #48447).
- Three Date/Time related bugs have been fixed (see #48384).
- A regression in date_i18n() has been fixed (see #28636).
- An accessibility color contrast regression for primary buttons when using alternate admin color schemes was fixed (see #48396).
If you want to know what you can expect in the next big release, you can check out RC1, RC2 or WordPress 5.3 Field Guide.
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 5.3. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to the version in the readme to 5.3. 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 5.3.
The major release is nearing and with that, the excitement is at its peak. Are you guys ready for the WordPress 5.3 update? Drop your thoughts in the comment box.