WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 released with detailed testing guide – WP Tavern

WordPress 5.9 beta 1 is now available for testing. With just eight weeks until the official release, the team is focused on testing, an important part of the development process that will keep 5.9 on track.

Due to the large number of interconnected parts of the Full Site Edition (FSE) that will debut in 5.9, contributors are organizing a more coordinated testing effort and have prepared a step-by-step guide. It includes testing instructions for all the main features of the next version, including the model editor workflow, new thematic blocks (focusing on the new navigation block), a list view, extended block design tools, the Gallery block refactor, the block pattern explorer, and more general base updates.

If this is your first time dipping your toes into the new FSE features, you might be wondering what this is supposed to look like. Anne McCarthy, who is co-leading testing for the release, has posted several videos demonstrating the new features over the past few months. The video below is for the new navigation block and a recent one explores the flow of block themes, styling, template explorer, and more. Sometimes it’s easier to start testing if you see it working in a video first.

Version 5.9 will also introduce WordPress’ first block-based default theme, Twenty Twenty-Two. Testing the theme is as easy as activating it from the Themes screen after installing version 5.9 beta 1, as shown in the testing guide:

You can test the theme by installing the beta and activating Twenty Twenty-Two from Appearance> Themes. To report issues with the theme, you can do so here.

There are only a handful of issues and blockers pending for version 5.9, but the version already contains 580 improvements and almost 450 bug fixes. Further beta releases are planned for December, followed by RC 1 on January 4, 2022. WordPress 5.9 is still on track for release on January 25.

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