WordPress 6.2 beta 1

WordPress 6.2 Beta 1 is available for download and testing!

This version of the WordPress software is still under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical sites. Instead, you should watch Beta 1 on the test server and website.

You can test WordPress 6.2 Beta 1 in three ways:

Option 1: Install and activate the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (select “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream).

Option 2: Beta 1 (ZIP) Direct Download.

Option 3: Use this WP-CLI command:

wp core update --version=6.2-beta1

The current planned final release date is March 28, 2023, so another seven weeks. Your help in testing this release is important to ensure that everything in this release is tested as well as possible.

Get an overview of the 6.2 release cycle and stay tuned for 6.2 posts on the Make WordPress Core blog in the coming weeks for more details.

How you can help: Check it out!

Error testing is an essential part of software development and a valuable way for anyone to contribute, whether you have experience or not. If you’ve never beta tested before, this step-by-step guide is a good place to start.

If you develop products for WordPress, you probably realize that the sooner you can test this version with your themes, plugins, and templates, the easier it will be for you to offer your users a flawless experience.

Want to learn more about version testing in general? You can track your testing initiatives in Make Core. You can also join the #core-test channel in the Making WordPress Slack workspace.

If you believe you have encountered an issue, please report it in the Alpha/Beta support forum. If you want to write a reproducible bug report, you can submit it to WordPress Trac. You can also check the problem using the list of known errors.

Are you interested in Gutenberg’s features? Find out what’s new since WordPress 6.1 (the last major version of WordPress). See currently available for details What’s new in Gutenberg– Contributions for 15.0, 14.9, 14.8, 14.7, 14.6, 14.5, 14.4, 14.3 and 14.2.

This release includes 292+ improvements and 354 editor bug fixes, including 195+ tickets for WordPress 6.2 core.

An important release for an important project milestone

WordPress 6.2 is one of the last major releases planned for Phase 2 of the Gutenberg Project roadmap. The platform has come a long way in the past few years. Version 6.2 celebrates this progress while providing a glimpse into the future of publishing with increasingly powerful tools.

Next stop: collaboration tools and more in Phase 3!

Prominent accents

Want to know what’s new in WordPress 6.2? Read on to find out what’s new.

  • The beta label is gone, showing that the site editor is stable and ready for everyone to explore, build and try!
  • Distraction-free mode for a focused writing experience.
  • The new site editor interface first previews your templates and template parts, so you can choose exactly where to start editing.
  • Scaled block settings with split controls organize your style and setting options so it’s easy to find what you need and clearly see what a block can do.
  • Color-coded labels help you quickly find template parts and reusable blocks, no matter where you’re looking: in the list view, the blocks toolbar, or even on the canvas.
  • Improved navigation makes it easy to create and manage menus right in the block settings sidebar.
  • Templates are easier to find and post – with even more categories like headers and footers!
  • A new stylebook provides a central location where you can view all of your styles for each block to get a complete view of your site’s design details.
  • Custom CSS support for specific blocks or your entire site for another level of control over the look you want.
  • With Openverse integration, you can include free, openly licensed media directly into your content at runtime, as well as a faster method for inserting media from your existing library.
  • The widgets become part of the templates when you switch from the classic to the block theme, making the transition much smoother.

Please note that information from this list may be subject to change prior to final release.

Haiku for 6.2

Das letzte Stück von Phase 2 jetzt
Lasst uns die Party beginnen
WordPress wird 20

Many thanks to the following people who contributed to this translation: @presskopp