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WordPress 5.1 Beta 1

January 11th, 2019

WordPress 5.1 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.1 beta: try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want to select the “bleeding…

WordPress 5.0.3 Maintenance Release

January 9th, 2019

WordPress 5.0.3 is now available! 5.0.3 is a maintenance release that includes 37 bug fixes and 7 performance updates. The focus of this release was fine-tuning the new block editor, and fixing any major bugs or regressions. Here are a few of the highlights: 15 block editor related bug fixes and improvements have been added…

The Month in WordPress: December 2018

January 8th, 2019

New features, a big event, and important announcements marked December as a milestone month for the WordPress community. Release of WordPress 5.0 On December 6 WordPress 5.0 was released. This release includes the much anticipated new block editor as the default editing experience. While some users have chosen to continue using the Classic Editor on…

WordPress 5.0.2 Maintenance Release

December 20th, 2018

WordPress 5.0.2 is now available! 5.0.2 is a maintenance release that addresses 73 bugs. The primary focus of this release was performance improvements in the block editor: the cumulated performance gains make it 330% faster for a post with 200 blocks. Here are a few of the additional highlights: 45 total Block Editor improvements are…

WordCamp US 2019 dates announced

December 13th, 2018

Save the date! The next WordCamp US will be held on November 1-3, 2019, in beautiful St Louis, Missouri. One of our largest events of the year, WordCamp US is a great chance to connect with WordPress enthusiasts from around the world. This is also the event that features Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the…

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Release

December 13th, 2018

WordPress 5.0.1 is now available. This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. Plugin authors are encouraged to read the 5.0.1 developer notes for information on backwards-compatibility. WordPress versions 5.0 and earlier are affected by the following bugs, which are fixed in version…

Plan for Drupal 9

December 12th, 2018

At Drupal Europe, I announced that Drupal 9 will be released in 2020. Although I explained why we plan to release in 2020, I wasn’t very specific about when we plan to release Drupal 9 in 2020. Given that 2020 is less than thirteen months away (gasp!), it’s time to be more specific. Shifting Drupal’s…

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

December 6th, 2018

Say Hello to the New Editor We’ve made some big upgrades to the editor. Our new block-based editor is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site. You’ll have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or…

Drupal’s commitment to accessibility

December 5th, 2018

Last week, WordPress Tavern picked up my blog post about Drupal 8’s upcoming Layout Builder. While I’m grateful that WordPress Tavern covered Drupal’s Layout Builder, it is not surprising that the majority of WordPress Tavern’s blog post alludes to the potential challenges with accessibility. After all, Gutenberg’s lack of accessibility has been a big topic…

WordPress 5.0 RC3

December 4th, 2018

The third release candidate for WordPress 5.0 is now available! WordPress 5.0 will be released on December 6, 2018. This is a big release and needs your help—if you haven’t tried 5.0 yet, now is the time! To test WordPress 5.0, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). For details about…