WordPress 6.1 Beta 1

WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 was released on September 21, 2022. Alpha, beta and RC versions should not be installed on online sites, only in test environments.

The final version of WordPress is still 6 weeks away (probably November 1, 2022), so there is plenty of time for extensive testing to identify and fix as many bugs and incompatibilities as possible before release.

There are three ways to test WordPress 6.1 Beta 1:

  1. Using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (here select the “Bleeding Edge” channel and the “Beta/RC only” stream)
  2. By directly downloading and installing the Beta 1 file as a ZIP,
  3. Using WP-CLI with the following command
    wp core update --version=6.1-beta1
    This option should only be used on case-sensitive file systems.

Additional information is available for the 6.1 release cycle. Stay tuned to the Make-WordPress-Core blog in the coming weeks for 6.1 related development notes detailing all the upcoming changes.


Issue testing is critical to the stability of a release throughout its development. Testing is also a great way to contribute. If you’ve never beta tested, this guide is a good place to start.

Testing helps ensure that this and future versions of WordPress are as stable and bug-free as possible. Want to learn more about testing these releases? Then read more about the testing initiatives happening at Make Core. Those interested in learning more about such trials can read posts on the Make WordPress Test site and join a public channel in the Making WordPress Slack workspace.

For a review of Gutenberg’s features since WordPress 6.0 (the current major version of WordPress), see What’s New in Gutenberg 14.1, 14.0, 13.9, 13.8, 13.7, 13.6, 13.5, 13.4, 13.3, and 13.12.

WordPress 6.1 Beta 1 includes 350+ improvements and 350 bug fixes for the editor, including 250+ tickets for WordPress 6.1 core.

Some updates

functions in the application

  • Standard design with 10 individual style variations (learn more)
  • More design tools in more blocks (learn more)
  • Improved and improved template creation and template options
  • More intuitive settings for documents
  • Header and footer templates for all themes
  • Improved quote and list blocks with inner block support
  • More durable placeholders for different blocks
  • New modal interfaces and settings improvements
  • Automatic selection of navigation blocks with fallback options and easy menu management
  • One-click lock settings on all indoor units
  • Block design recognition improvements
  • Updates to improve accessibility Resolved over 60 tickets
  • Performance updates with over 25 resolved tickets

developmental functions

  • Apply rendering tools to make the theme more powerful
  • A new iteration of the styling system
  • Add launch templates for each content type (learn more)
  • Further development of layout options, including new constrainedoptions and the ability to disable layout options
  • Content blocking templates for more monitoring options
  • Extended support for query loop blocks
  • Allow block-based template parts in classic themes (give feedback)
  • theme.json-Filter data (learn more)
  • Flowing typography allows for greater responsiveness (give feedback)
  • Ability to include elements such as buttons, headings or captions in blocks theme.json to design

Note. All features listed are subject to change before the final version of WordPress is released.

Report a bug

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post it in the alpha/beta sections of the support forums. If you know how to write a reproducible error report, you can create one in WordPress Trac, which also has a list of known errors.