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WordPress 5.9 “Josephine”

January 25th, 2022

Welcome to Joséphine! Introducing 5.9, “Joséphine”. Named in honor of acclaimed international jazz singer Joséphine Baker, this latest, most versatile WordPress release is here: download it or update it directly from your dashboard. As a lifelong civil rights campaigner, Joséphine Baker believed that all people could live in harmony together, just as different instruments in…

WordPress 5.9 RC3

January 18th, 2022

The third Release Candidate (RC3) for WordPress 5.9 is here! Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far toward testing and filing bugs to help make WordPress 5.9 a great release. WordPress 5.9 is slated to land in just one week—on January 25, 2022. You still have time to help! Since RC2 arrived last…

A letter from WordPress’ Executive Director

January 17th, 2022

As we greet a new year, WordPress’ Executive Director writes a letter to the project and community that speaks to the hopes of the year ahead. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to wpbriefing@wordpress.org, either written or as a voice recording. Credits Editor: Dustin Hartzler Logo: Beatriz Fialho Production: Chloé Bringmann Song: Fearless First…

WordPress 5.9 RC 2

January 11th, 2022

The second Release Candidate (RC2) for WordPress 5.9 is now available! “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. Thank you to everyone who…

WordPress 5.8.3 Security Release

January 6th, 2022

This security release features four security fixes. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 3.7 have also been updated. WordPress 5.8.3 is a short-cycle security release. The next major release will be version 5.9, which is already in the Release Candidate stage. You…

WordPress 5.9 RC 1

January 4th, 2022

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…

WordPress 5.9 Beta 4

December 21st, 2021

WordPress 5.9 Beta 4 is now available for testing! This software version is still under development. Please do not run this software on a production site; install it on a test site, where you can try out the newest features and get a feel for how they will work on your site. You can test…

Highlights from State of the Word 2021

December 15th, 2021

State of the Word 2021, the annual keynote from WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, happened on December 14. The hybrid event took place in New York City with a small audience (proof of vaccination required). As Matt said, “we had people join by plane, train, and automobile.” Those who didn’t make the trek to the live…

WordPress 5.9 Beta 3

December 14th, 2021

WordPress 5.9 Beta 3 is now available for testing! This software version is still under development. Please do not run this software on a production site; install it on a test site, where you can try out the newest features and get a feel for how they will work on your site. You can test…

WordPress 5.9 Beta 2

December 7th, 2021

WordPress 5.9 Beta 2 is now available for testing! This software version is still under development. Please do not run this software on a production site. Instead, install it on a test site, where you can try out the newest features to get a feel for how they will work on your site. You can…