The WordPress CMS is the most popular content management system, at it is believed that, WordPress is what is used to build over 35% of the website available on the internet.
To keep WordPress secure, easy and productive, it gets regular updates. Every year, WordPress gets 2 major updates, and this year will not be an exception.
This year (2020), WordPress has gotten a major update back in March, and now, they are looking at 11th of August as the next date for the second major update to WordPress. Hence work has already began in producing the 5.5 version of WordPress.
What to Expect
The major feature that is coming to WordPress version 5.5, which will be glaring to all WordPress users is the inclusion of a navigation menu for Blocks, Automatic updates for plugins and themes, a block directory, XML sitemaps, Lazy loading and an update of Gutenberg to the latest release version.
WordPress 5.5 Beta 4
In order to ensure that the WordPress that will be released to the public by the 11th of August is free from bugs, the developers is beckoning on advance WordPress users and developers to help them field test their work so far.
If you are interested in testing out the version 5.5 of WordPress before it is release on August, here is how to get it.
Get WordPress 5.5 Beta 4 Now
There are basically two ways in which you can use to get the WordPress 5.5 Beta 4. These are:
- Through the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option).
- Downloading the Beta Zip file.
WordPress 5.5 Beta 4 is still under development; hence it is not advisable to use it in a live site yet.
After the release of WordPress 5.5 Beta 3, 43 bugs have been discovered and fixed. Among them are:
- A bug that is making WordPress request that a user upgrade their Database when an AJAX request is triggered
- A bug that triggers a warning whenever you delete a post from block editor
- There is also a bug that is causing people see unreliable server name error when they are generating email host. This as been fixed.
- A bug that is causing site using translation plugin not to work properly
And many others. For the complete list, click here.
Beta Testing is not the only way to help
You might not want to beta test WordPress 5.5 because you might not be good at haunting for bugs. Anyway, that is not the only way to help improve this free CMS.
WordPress is also seeking to translate the CMS to more than a hundred languages so that more and more people who do not speak English can use it for FREE.
You can help make this dream a reality for WordPress by volunteering here.
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