November 16th, 2018
WordPress 5.0 Beta 5 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.
Reminder: the WordPress 5.0 release date has changed. It is now scheduled for release on November 27, and we need your help to get there. Here are some of the big issues that we’ve fixed since Beta 4:
The block editor has been updated to match the Gutenberg 4.4 release, the major changes include:
- A permalink panel has been added to the document sidebar to make it easier to find.
- Editor document panels can now be programmatically removed.
- The uploading indicator for images and galleries has been replaced with a spinner and faded out image.
- The text and code editing blocks will now use the full width of the editor.
- Image handling has been improved. Images now take up the right amount of space for themes with wider editors (like Twenty Nineteen).
- Hover styles are now correctly disabled for mobile devices.
- The i18n module has been refactored to benefit from significant performance gains.
Additionally, there have been some pesky bugs fixed:
- Better handling for links without an href attribute, which were showing as
- Japanese text (double byte characters) are now usable in the list block.
- Better handling for different text encodings (e.g. emoji) within a block in block validation.
A full list of changes can be found in the Gutenberg 4.4 release post.
PHP 7.3 Support
The final known PHP 7.3 compatibility issue has been fixed. You can brush up on what you need to know about PHP 7.3 and WordPress by checking out the developer note on the Make WordPress Core blog.
- Fix editor font-weights for headings.
- Improve support for sticky toolbars in the editor.
- Improve text-selection custom colors for better contrast and legibility.
- Fix editor to prevent Gutenberg’s meta boxes area from overlapping the content.
How to Help
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If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.