The third release candidate (RC3) of WordPress 5.9 is released! This marks the countdown to the official version of WordPress 5.9, which is scheduled to be officially released on January 25, 2022. Since RC2 was released last week, testers have found and fixed two bugs, 14 of which came from Gutenberg’s fixes. There is an additional Gutenberg fix today.
Take part in the WordPress 5.9 beta
WordPress 5.9 release candidates can be tested in three ways:
Option 1: Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream ).
Option 2: Download the beta version ( zip ) here.
Option 3: When upgrading from Beta 1, 2, 3, 4, RC1, or RC2 using WP-CLI on a case-insensitive filesystem, use the following sequence of commands:
wp core update --version=5.9-RC3
wp core update --version=5.9-RC3 --force
Your help in testing the third release candidate is critical: the more testing, the more stable the version, and the better the experience for users, developers, and the WordPress community.
How to Help WordPress 5.9
Help Test WordPress 5.9 Features – This post provides guidelines for setting up a testing environment, a list of features to test, and information on how to submit feedback on what you find.
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Developers and those interested in more background on the feature can find more information in the field guide. You can also follow the 5.9 Development Cycle and Timeline.
If you find a bug, you can post the details to the Alpha/Beta area of the support forum.
If you’re willing to write a reproducible bug report, you can file a report on WordPress Trac, where you can also check for issues against a list of known bugs.