WordPress 5.8 Release Candidate 3, the third Release Candidate for the next big release is now available for testing. Let’s test!
To test WordPress 5.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option) or you can also download WordPress 5.8 release candidate 3 here (zip). Also, you can use WP-CLI function to test: wp core update –version=5.8-RC3
A release candidate (RC) means that the core development team is almost ready with WordPress 5.8. But, with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, they’re fully conscious of the possibility that something might have been missed.
WordPress 5.8 has been scheduled to be released on 20th July 2021. Since the major release is just around the corner, the core development team is requesting everyone to test the platform.
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 5.8. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.
Developers can test their plugins and themes against 5.8. They can update the “Tested up to” in the readme to 5.8. If you find compatibility issues, please be sure to post to the support forums. This will help the team to figure those out before the final release of WordPress 5.8.