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WordPress 5.6 “Simone”

December 8th, 2020

Meet Simone, our latest and greatest WordPress release. Named for the legendary performer Nina Simone, who is known for tunes like “Feeling Good”, “Young, Gifted and Black”, and “Four Women”. Fire up a playlist with her best work and read on to discover what we have in store for you. Welcome to WordPress 5.6 Sharing…

State of the Word 2020

December 4th, 2020

State of the Word is an annual keynote address delivered by the project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. This year’s keynote will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on Thursday, Dec 17th, 2020  at 1600 UTC. Have a question? A Question and Answer period with pre-recorded videos will follow State of the Word. To take part,…

The Month in WordPress: November 2020

December 2nd, 2020

November 2020 saw several updates to the WordPress 5.6 release. Read on to follow all the latest news from the WordPress world! WordPress 5.6 updates The Core team released WordPress 5.6 Beta 3 on Nov. 2, Beta 4 on Nov. 12, release candidate 1 on Nov. 17, and release candidate 2 on Dec. 1. You…

WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate 2

December 1st, 2020

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.6 is here! WordPress 5.6 is slated for release on December 8, 2020, and we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.6 yet, now is the time! You can test WordPress 5.6 release candidate 2 in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the release…

WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate

November 17th, 2020

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.6 is now available! This is an important milestone in the community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.6. “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress 5.6…

WordPress 5.6 Beta 4

November 12th, 2020

WordPress 5.6 Beta 4 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). The current target for the…

My WordPress Comments Wishlist

November 11th, 2020

A built-in commenting system is one of the reasons people reach for WordPress (and often stay there long-term). While I do think having a comment system is compelling (and as big of a fan of building on WordPress as I am), I find the comments system on WordPress quite crusty. It needs some love! There…

Getting the WordPress Block Editor to Look Like the Front End Design

November 4th, 2020

I’m a WordPress user and, if you’re anything like me, you always have two tabs open when you edit a post: one with the new fancy pants block editor, aka Gutenberg, and another with a preview of the post so you know it won’t look wonky on the front end. It’s no surprise that a…

WordPress 5.6 Beta 3

November 2nd, 2020

WordPress 5.6 Beta 3 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site. You can test the WordPress 5.6 beta in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option). Or download the beta here (zip). The current target for the…

The Month in WordPress: October 2020

November 2nd, 2020

October 2020 was a notable month for WordPress lovers, thanks to the release of several products and updates. Read on to keep up with all the latest news! The 2020 WordPress Annual Survey is out The team published the 2020 WordPress Annual survey —  to help those who build WordPress to understand more about our…