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WordPress 4.2 Beta 3

Posted March 26, 2015 by Drew Jaynes. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 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 just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.2, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.2, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 3 include:

  • Removed Shiny Installs functionality due to concerns about the activation workflow. Please test the remaining “Shiny Updates” functionality from both the Plugins > Add New and Plugins screens to ensure in-line updating still works as well as before.
  • Fixed an issue with the Comments Quick Edit layout breaking on smaller screens. Please test on your mobile devices.
  • Improved accessibility of login screen errors. Screen reader users: please let us know if you encounter any issues.
  • Refined the emoji compatibility script to only load on the front- and back-end if the browser requires it. If you’re using a legacy web browser, please test.
  • Fixed several issues in Press This with inserted images being improperly linked to locations other than the source site. Go ahead, “press” a site with images on the page and tell us if the image links aren’t working as you’d expect.
  • Standardized the time display format in a variety of admin screens, switching to 24-hour notation where a.m. or p.m. are not specified. Please let us know if you notice you notice anything amiss!
  • Various other bug fixes. We’ve made more than 65 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Emoji loader
“Shiny Updates” still stand firm
Beta 3, please test!

WordPress 4.2 Beta 2

Posted March 19, 2015 by Drew Jaynes. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.2 Beta 2 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 just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.2, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.2, check out the Beta 1 blog post. Some of the changes in Beta 2 include:

  • Added support for entering FTP and SSH credentials when updating plugins in-place. FTP and SSH users, please test!
  • Improved cross-browser support for emoji throughout WordPress. If you’re using an older web browser, please tell us if you have problems using emoji.
  • Further refined Press This authoring with auto-embedded media and better content scanning. We’d love to know how auto-embeds work for you.
  • Added a constructor and improved method consistency in WP_Comment_Query. Developers: if you’re extending WP_Comment_Query, please let us know if you run into any issues.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 70 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Test some emoji
FTP and SSH
Let’s “Press” some embeds!

WordPress 4.2 Beta 1

Posted March 12, 2015 by Drew Jaynes. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.2 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 just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.2, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

4.2 is due out next month, but to get there, we need your help testing what we’ve been working on:

  • Press This has been completely revamped to make sharing content from around the web easier than ever. The new workflow is mobile friendly, and we’d love for you to try it out on all of your devices. Navigate to the Tools screen in your WordPress backend to get started (#31373).
  • Browsing and switching installed themes has been added to the Customizer to make switching faster and more convenient. We’re especially interested to know if this helps streamline the process of setting up your site (#31303).
  • The workflow for updating and installing plugins just got more intuitive with the ability to install or update in-place from the Plugins screens. Try it out and let us know what you think! (#29820)
  • If you felt like emoji were starkly missing from your content toolbox, worry no more. We’ve added emoji support nearly everywhere, even post slugs 👍 (#31242).

Developers: There have been a lot of changes for you to test as well, including:

  • Taxonomy Roadmap: Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will now be split into separate terms when one of them is updated. Please let us know if you hit any snags (#5809).
  • New wp.a11y.speak() functionality helps your JavaScript talk to screen readers to better inform impaired users what’s happening on-screen. Try it out in your plugin or theme and let us know if you notice any adverse affects (#31368).
  • Named clause support has been added to WP_Query, WP_Comment_Query, and WP_User_Query, allowing specific meta_query clauses to be used with orderby. If you have any complex queries, please test them (#31045, #31265).

If you want a more in-depth view of what changes have made it into 4.2, check out the weekly review posts on the main development blog.

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 the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Happy testing!

Press This: switch a theme
Save time installing plugins
Testing makes us 😃

See Also:

Want to follow the code? There’s a development P2 blog and you can track active development in the Trac timeline that often has 20–30 updates per day.

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