The first Release Candidate (RC1) for WordPress 5.9 is now available!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to reach this important milestone in the community’s progress towards a WordPress 5.9 release.
“Release Candidate” means the new version of the software is ready for release. It helps the community check that nothing is missed, given the thousands of plugins and themes and differences in how millions of people use the software.
WordPress 5.9 is slated for release on January 25, 2022. This is just three weeks to go – and there’s still time to help!
Testing the release
You can test the WordPress 5.9 release candidate in three ways:
Option 1: Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select the “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream).
Option 2: Direct download the beta version here (zip).
Option 3: When using WP-CLI to upgrade from Beta 1, 2, 3 or 4 on a case-insensitive filesystem, please use the following command sequence:
wp core update –version=5.9-RC1
wp core update –version=5.9-RC1 –force
Your help to test the RC1 is vital: the more testing that happens, the more stable the release, and the better the experience for users and developers—and the entire WordPress community.
Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the Beta releases and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is not just a critical part of polishing every release; it is also a great way to contribute to WordPress.
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