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WordPress 5.6 Beta 4 is now available for testing!

This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site.

You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways:

  • Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option).
  • Or download the beta here (zip).

The current target for the final release is December 8, 2020. This is just over three weeks away, so your help is needed to ensure this release is tested properly.

Thank you to all of the contributors that tested the beta 3 development release and provided feedback. Testing for bugs is an important part of polishing each release and a great way to contribute to WordPress.

Some Highlights

Since beta 3, 42 bugs have been fixed. Here is a summary of a few changes included in beta 4:

  • There was a change to the auto-updates implementation for new installations of the software (#50907). Next steps, and rationale are both available.
  • Added better handling of unexpected values in Site Health (#50145).
  • Added a way for developers to filter the available authors list in Quick Edit (#47685).
  • More accessible handling of the tag cloud widget (#51455).
  • Multiple improvements in the Media component.
  • Multiple improvements in the Build/Test Tools component.

To see all of the features for each Gutenberg release in detail, check out the release posts: 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3.

Developer notes

WordPress 5.6 has lots of refinements to the developer experience. To keep up, subscribe to the Make WordPress Core blog and pay special attention to the developers’ notes for updates on those and other changes that could affect your products.

How to Help

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you!

If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

Props to @tonyamork, @audrasjb for technical notes and @angelasjin, @yvettesonneveld@cguntur, @cbringmann for final review.

Original source: https://wordpress.org/news/2020/11/wordpress-5-6-beta-4/

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