WordPress 5.4 Beta 1

WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 is now available for testing!

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 5.4 beta in two ways:

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

WordPress 5.4 is slated for release on March 31, 2020, and we need your help to get there!

While the primary goal for 2020 is full-site editing with blocks, contributors to WordPress are working across every area of the project to ensure the software continues moving forward.

Testing for bugs is an important part of polishing the release during the beta stage and a great way to contribute. Here are some of the big changes and features to pay close attention to while testing.

Block Editor: features and improvements

WordPress 5.4 Core will merge ten releases of the Gutenberg plugin. This means there’s a long list of exciting new features. Here are just a few:

Two new blocks: social links and buttons.More color options for Button, Cover, Group and Column blocks .A Welcome Guide modal.Tools for adding featured images in the Latest Posts block.Easier navigation in the block breadcrumbs.

Some additional changes to make note of:

On mobile, the toolbar stays on top, so you can’t lose it.Easier image sizing in the Gallery block.Drag-and-drop images into the featured-image box.Several new APIs.Friendlier offline error messages on REST API request failures.Table block captions.You can now color just parts of the text in any RichText block. Accessibility improvements Easier multi-block selection. Support for changing an image’s title attribute within the Image block.Easier tabbing. This had been one of the editor’s biggest accessibility problems, but now tabbing works with the block’s sidebar.Visual switch between Edit and Navigation modes and

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WordPress 5.4 Beta 1

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