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2019-02-14T10:00:31+00:00 February 10th, 2019|Newsroom|By WP Hosting Editor|

WordPress 5.1 Release Candidate Now Available For Testing

Major features for WordPress 5.1

Before the scheduled release of WordPress 5.1 on February 21st, the WordPress core team has released the WordPress 5.1 release candidate. This release candidate signifies that the WordPress 5.1 is ready to be shipped, after incorporating bug fixes in the beta versions 1, 2 and 3. It is made available for the public to test to ensure the stability of the WordPress 5.1 update.

Some of the major features integrated into WordPress 5.1 are: Site Health, Gutenberg Block Editor, Multisite Metadata, Cron API, Javascript Build Process, and other updates.

There are two ways for you to check out the WordPress 5.1 release candidate: (1) install the Beta Tester plugin on your site and manually update to the latest build; (2) or, download its zip file. The core team encouraged developers to test the latest build as well as check their plugins and themes compatibility with WordPress 5.1. Developers can report bugs and other issues by creating a ticket or posting in the forum.

Site Health

One of the major updates of 5.1 is the Site Health which will prompt site administrators to upgrade to the latest PHP version. As WordPress is powered by PHP, updating the site, themes and plugins to the latest PHP version will prevent fatal errors in the future.

The Site Health feature will also post a notification when a plugin is incompatible with your site or uses outdated versions of PHP, and block its usage.

Improved Gutenberg Editor

The WordPress 5.1 will feature a more improved and enhanced block editor with Gutenberg 4.8. Gutenberg was introduced in WordPress 5.0 and has been improved to include performance enhancements, bug fixes, Javascript integrations, and other updates.

Javascript Build Process

WordPress 5.1 will integrate Javascript build process to its core. All the Javascript codes in WordPress 5.1 will be placed under src/js file to improve development workflow. It will require knowledge of NodeJs and grunt to manually build WordPress. Documentation for the Javascript build process is available for those who want to know more about this feature.

For the full list of features, check out the WordPress 5.1 Field Guide.

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