WordPress 5.3 Beta 1

WordPress 5.3 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend running it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version.

You can test the WordPress 5.3 beta in two ways:

Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)Or download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 5.3 is slated for release on November 12, 2019, and we need your help to get there. Here are some of the big items to test, so we can find and resolve as many bugs as possible in the coming weeks.

Block Editor: features and improvements

Twelve releases of the Gutenberg plugin are going to be merged into 5.3 which means there’s a long list of exciting new features. 

Here are just a few of them:

Group block and grouping interactionsColumns block improvements (width support + patterns)Table block improvements (text alignment support, header/footer support, colors)Gallery block improvements (reordering inline, caption support)Separator block improvements (color support)Latest Posts block improvements (support excerpt, content)List block improvements (indent/outdent shortcuts, start value and reverse order support)Button block improvements (support target, border radius)Animations and micro interactions (moving blocks, dropdowns, and a number of small animations to improve the UX)Accessibility Navigation Mode which will allow you to navigate with the keyboard between blocks without going into their content.Block Style Variations API

Plus a number of other improvements, amongst them:

Data Module API improvements (useSelect/useEffect)Inserter Help PanelExtensibility: DocumentSettingsPanelSnackbar noticesTypewriter ExperienceFix a number of Accessibility report issues

If you want to see all the features for each release, here are direct links to the release posts: 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, 6.1, 6.0, 5.9, 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.5, and 5.4.

Continuous effort on performance

The team working on the block editor managed to shave off 1.5 seconds of loading time


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