October 22nd, 2019
The second release candidate for WordPress 5.3 is now available!
WordPress 5.3 is currently scheduled to be released on November 12 2019, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.3 yet, now is the time!
There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.3 release candidate:
- Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)
- Or download the release candidate here (zip).
For details about what to expect in WordPress 5.3, please see the first release candidate post.
Release Candidate 2 contains improvements to the new About page, and 10 fixes for the following bugs and regressions:
- Three bugs contained in RC1 within the block editor have been fixed (see #48381).
- A bug has been fixed where links within comments did not get the correct
relattribute (see #48022).
scaled-string has been added to file names when images are downsized if determined “BIG” (see #48304).
- The buttons group layout has been fixed in IE11 (see #48087).
- A bug with
falsemeta values in the REST API has been fixed (see #48363).
- The error code encountered when the native PHP JSON extension is missing has been adjusted to be unique (see #47699).
- When uploading files, HTTP error code support has been expanded to include all 5xx errors (see #48379).
Plugin and Theme Developers
Please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 5.3 and update the Tested up to version in the readme to 5.3. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.
The WordPress 5.3 Field Guide has also been published, which details the major changes.
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.