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WordPress 4.5 Release Candidate

Posted March 24, 2016 by Mike Schroder. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.5 is now available.

We’ve made 49 changes since releasing Beta 4 a week ago. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.5 on Tuesday, April 12, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.5 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.5, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.5, check out the Beta 1Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 blog posts.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.5 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.5 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.5.

Free as in Freedom
It is WordPress 4.5
Also free as in beer

WordPress 4.5 Beta 4

Posted March 17, 2016 by Mike Schroder. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.5 Beta 4 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 4.5, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.5, check out the Beta 1Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides on make/core. This is the final planned beta of WordPress 4.5, with a release candidate scheduled for next week.

Some of the changes in Beta 4 include:

  • Add support for oEmbed moments and timelines from Twitter (#36197).
  • More changes to better support HHVM with Imagick. Please test with HHVM setups and resizing/rotating images (#35973).
  • Tightened up the Inline Link feature (#33301, #30468).
  • Support <hr> editor shortcut with 3 or more dashes (---); no spaces. To give more time to study the best shortcuts for users, text patterns for bold and italic have been removed and won’t ship with for 4.5 (#33300).
  • Fixes for SSL with Responsive Images. Please test with SSL, especially on sites with mixed http/https setups (#34945).
  • Allow rewrite rules to work in nested WordPress installations on IIS (#35558).
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made almost 100 changes during the last week.

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.

Happy testing!

Llegamos al fin
del tiempo pa’ beta
¡Pruébalo Ahora!

WordPress 4.5 Beta 3

Posted March 10, 2016 by Mike Schroder. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.5 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 4.5, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.5, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides on make/core. Some of the fixes in Beta 3 include:

  • Many Theme Logo Support (#33755) fixes, including support for bundled Twenty Fifteen (#35944).
  • Add Responsive Preview to theme install previewer (#36017).
  • Support Imagick in HHVM (#35973).
  • Whitelist IPTC, XMP, and EXIF profiles from strip_meta() to maintain authorship, copyright, license, and image orientation (#28634).
  • Support Windows shares/DFS roots in wp_normalize_path() (#35996).
  • New installs default to generating secret keys and salts locally instead of relying on the wporg.ibadboy.net API. Please test installing WP in situations where it can’t connect to the internet (like on a 🛳, ✈️, or 🛰) (#35290).
  • OPTIONS requests to REST API should return Allow header (#35975).
  • Upgrade twemoji.js to version 2 (#36059) and add extra IE11 compatibility (#35977) for Emoji.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 100 changes during the last week.

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.

Happy testing!

Beta one, two, three
so many bugs have been fixed
Closer now; four, five.

WordPress 4.5 Beta 2

Posted March 3, 2016 by Mike Schroder. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.5 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 4.5, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.5, check out the Beta 1 blog post. Some of the fixes in Beta 2 include:

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.

Happy testing!

It’s peer pressure time
Testing: all cool kids do it
Help find ALL the bugs!

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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