The first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 6.0 is now available!
This is an important milestone on the 6.0 release cycle journey. “Release Candidate” means that this version of WordPress is ready for release! Before the official release date, time is set aside for the community to perform final reviews and help test. Since the WordPress ecosystem includes thousands of plugins and themes, it is important that everyone within the WordPress community check to see if anything was missed along the way. That means the project would love your help.
WordPress 6.0 is planned for official release on May 24th, 2022, three weeks from today.
This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, and test this version of WordPress on a production or mission-critical website. Instead, it is recommended that you RC1 on a test server and site.
You can test WordPress 6.0 RC1 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 release candidate 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:
wp core update –version=6.0-RC1
Additional information on the full 6.0 release cycle is available here.
Check the Make WordPress Core blog for 6.0-related developer notes in the coming weeks which will detail all upcoming changes.
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