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WordPress 4.4 Release Candidate

Posted November 25, 2015 by Scott Taylor. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.4 is now available.

RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.4 on Tuesday, December 8, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.4 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.4 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta blog post.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.4 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.4 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.4.

Tickets are all closed
Help test the latest changes
New WordPress for All

WordPress 4.4 Beta 4

Posted November 12, 2015 by Scott Taylor. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.4 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.4, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta 1 blog post. This our final planned beta. Next week will be our first Release Candidate.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Closer To The End
Tickets Are Being Shuffled
Onward to RC

WordPress 4.4 Beta 3

Posted November 4, 2015 by Scott Taylor. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.4 Beta 3 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site. To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more of what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta 1 blog post.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Four-four beta three
Even more activity
Nary a shared term

WordPress 4.4 Beta 2

Posted October 28, 2015 by Scott Taylor. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site. To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more of what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta 1 blog post.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Four-four beta two
Another week of progress
REST API lives!

WordPress 4.4 Beta 1

Posted October 22, 2015 by Scott Taylor. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.4 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.4, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 4.4 is slated for release on December 8, but to get there, we need your help testing what we have been working on, including:

  • Twenty Sixteen — The newest default theme for WordPress.
  • Responsive Images — WordPress automatically delivers a more appropriate image to users depending on a variety of conditions like screen size, viewport size, and screen resolution.
  • Embeds — WordPress can now embed rich content from nearly all sites that support the oEmbed standard — not just YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and the like. You can even embed previews of posts from other WordPress sites by pasting the URL on its own line.

There have been a lot of changes for developers to play with as well:

  • REST API (phase 1) — The underlying infrastructure of the WordPress REST API plugin has been included in WordPress 4.4. Plugin authors can take advantage of this by adding custom endpoints.
  • Term Metadata — Taxonomy term metadata is now included in WordPress 4.4. If you’ve already been using a plugin to implement term metadata, you should read this post on how to prepare. Also, the underlying WP_Term class improves caching when working with terms. (#14162)
  • Improved <title> outputwp_title() is now deprecated; WordPress can handle the rendering of the document title automatically.
  • Comments — Comment queries are now split for performance. Also, the underlying WP_Comment class improves caching and introduces strong-typing. (#8071#32619)

If you want a more in-depth view of what major changes have made it into 4.4, check out all 4.4-tagged posts on the main development blog, or check out a list of everything that’s changed.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs.

Happy testing!

Many small changes
Some groundbreaking new features
Fun times had by all

WordPress 4.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted September 15, 2015 by Samuel Sidler. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.3.1 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release addresses three issues, including two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation.

  • WordPress versions 4.3 and earlier are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting vulnerability when processing shortcode tags (CVE-2015-5714). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.
  • A separate cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the user list table. Reported by Ben Bidner of the WordPress security team.
  • Finally, in certain cases, users without proper permissions could publish private posts and make them sticky (CVE-2015-5715). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.

Our thanks to those who have practiced responsible disclosure of security issues.

WordPress 4.3.1 also fixes twenty-six bugs. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.3.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.3.1.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.3.1:

Adam Silverstein, Andrea FerciaAndrew Ozz, Boone Gorges, Brandon Kraft, chriscct7, Daisuke Takahashi, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Drew Jaynes, dustinbolton, Gary Pendergast, hauvong, James Huff, Jeremy Felt, jobst, Marin Atanasov, Nick Halsey, nikeo, Nikolay Bachiyski, Pascal Birchler, Paul Ryan, Peter Wilson, Robert Chapin, Samuel Wood, Scott Taylor, Sergey Biryukov, tmatsuur, Tracy Levesque, Umesh Nevase, vortfu, welcher, Weston Ruter

WordPress 4.2.4 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted August 4, 2015 by Samuel Sidler. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.2.4 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection that could be used to compromise a site, which were discovered by Marc-Alexandre Montpas of Sucuri, Helen Hou-Sandí of the WordPress security team, Netanel Rubin of Check Point, and Ivan Grigorov. It also includes a fix for a potential timing side-channel attack, discovered by Johannes Schmitt of Scrutinizer, and prevents an attacker from locking a post from being edited, discovered by Mohamed A. Baset.

Our thanks to those who have practiced responsible disclosure of security issues.

WordPress 4.2.4 also fixes four bugs. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.2.4 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.2.4.

Already testing WordPress 4.3? The second release candidate is now available (zip) and it contains these fixes. For more on 4.3, see the RC 1 announcement post.

WordPress 4.3 Release Candidate

Posted July 29, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.3 is now available.

We’ve made more than 100 changes since releasing Beta 4 a week ago. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.3 on Tuesday, August 18, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.3 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.3 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 blog posts.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.3 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.3 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.3.

Drei Monate Arbeit
Endlich das Ziel vor Augen
Bald hab ich Urlaub!

WordPress 4.3 Beta 4

Posted July 22, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 4 include:

  • Fixed several bugs and broken flows in the publish box in the edit screen.
  • Addressed a number of edge cases for word count in the editor.
  • Site icons can now be previewed within the customizer. The feature has been removed from general settings.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Few Tickets Remain
Edge Cases Disappearing
You Must Test Today

WordPress 4.3 Beta 3

Posted July 15, 2015 by Konstantin Obenland. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.3 Beta 3 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.3, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 3 include:

  • Performance improvements for Menus in the Customizer, as well as bug fixes and visual enhancements.
  • Added Site Icon to the Customizer. The feature is now complete and requires lots of testing. Please help us ensure the site icon feature works well in both Settings and the Customizer.
  • The improvements to Passwords have been added to the installation flow. When installing and setting up WordPress, a strong password will be suggested to site administrators. Please test and let us know if you encounter issues.
  • Improved accessibility of comments and media list tables. If you use a screen reader, please let us know if you encounter any issues.
  • Lots and lots of code documentation improvements.
  • Various other bug fixes. We’ve made more than 140 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Want to test new things?
Wonder how four three shapes up?
Answer: beta three

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