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WordPress 4.7 Beta 3

Posted November 11, 2016 by Helen Hou-Sandi. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.7 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 4.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.7, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides on make/core. Some of the changes in Beta 3 include:

  • REST API: The unfiltered_html capability is now respected and rest_base has been added to response objects of wp/v2/taxonomies and wp/v2/types, while get_allowed_query_vars() and the rest_get_post filter have been removed.
  • Roles/Capabilities: Added meta-caps for comment, term, and user meta, which are currently only used in the REST API.
  • I18N: Added the ability to change user’s locale back to site’s locale. (#38632)
  • Custom CSS: Renamed the unfiltered_css meta capability to edit_css and added revisions support to the custom_css post type.
  • Edit shortcuts: Theme authors should take a look at the developer guide to the customizer preview’s visible edit shortcuts and update their themes to take advantage of them if not already implementing selective refresh.
  • Various bug fixes: We’ve made over 50 changes in the last week.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

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 WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

Building the future
A global community
Stronger together

WordPress 4.7 Beta 2

Posted November 4, 2016 by Helen Hou-Sandi. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.7 Beta 2 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 4.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

Notable changes since WordPress 4.7 Beta 1:

For more of what’s new in version 4.7, check out the Beta 1 blog post.

If you want a more in-depth view of what major changes have made it into 4.7, check out posts tagged with 4.7 on the main development blog, or look at a list of everything that’s changed. There will be more developer notes to come, so keep an eye out for those as well.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

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 WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

Happy testing!

Ya es la hora
Time for another beta
请您帮下忙!

WordPress 4.7 Beta 1

Posted October 28, 2016 by Helen Hou-Sandi. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.7 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 4.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 4.7 is slated for release on December 6, but we need your help to get there. We’ve been working on a lot of things, many of them to make getting your site set up the way you want it much easier. Here are some of the bigger items to test and help us find as many bugs as possible in the coming weeks:

  • Twenty Seventeen – A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images, video headers, and subtle animations. With a focus on business sites, it features multiple sections on the front page as well as widgets, navigation and social menus, a logo, and more. Personalize its asymmetrical grid with a custom color scheme and showcase your multimedia content with post formats. Our default theme for 2017 works great in many languages, for any abilities, and on any device.
  • Video Headers – Sometimes a big atmospheric video as a moving header image is just what you need to showcase your wares; go ahead and try it out with Twenty Seventeen. Need some video inspiration? Try searching for sites with video headers available for download and use.
  • Set up your site in one flow – From finding and installing themes right inside the customizer, to automatically staged theme-specific starter content, to clickable shortcuts that jump directly to editing an item from the preview pane, to adding pages while you’re building a nav menu or setting a static front page: getting a new site spun up and ready to share with a friend or a coworker is faster and easier than it’s ever been. Note: starter content appears when live previewing brand new sites and is currently only available in Twenty Seventeen. We’ll be expanding this to other bundled themes very soon, and perhaps to sites with existing content in future releases of WordPress.
  • Custom CSS with live previews – Ever needed to hide or tweak the look of something in your theme or from a plugin? Now you can do it with CSS and live preview the results while customizing your site. CSS can be a powerful tool; you may find that you won’t need the theme editor or child themes anymore.
  • User admin languages – Just because your site is in one language doesn’t mean that everybody helping manage it prefers that language for their admin. To try this out, you’ll need to have more than one language installed, which will make a user language option available in your profile.
  • PDF thumbnail previews – Uploading PDFs will now generate thumbnail images so you can more easily distinguish between all your documents.

As always, there have been exciting changes for developers to explore as well, such as:

  • REST API content endpoints – If you only test one thing as a developer, please test these. This phase is particularly helpful for people building plugins, themes, and in-admin interfaces. Can you build the things you need? Are these ready for release, and is the world ready for them? (#38373)
  • WP_Hook – The code that lies beneath actions and filters has been overhauled. You likely aren’t affected, but if you’ve done things to the $wp_filter global or experienced funky recursion bugs in the past, please take a moment to read the dev note and test your code.
  • Custom bulk actions – List tables, now with more than bulk edit and delete.
  • Expanded Settings Registration API via register_setting().
  • For theme developers: Post type templates (#18375)
  • More goodies for theme developers!
  • Locale switching (#26511)
  • Comment allowed checks have the potential for a back-compat break.

If you want a more in-depth view of what major changes have made it into 4.7, check out posts tagged with 4.7 on the main development blog, or look at a list of everything that’s changed. There will be more developer notes to come, so keep an eye out for those as well.

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 WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

Happy testing, and please enjoy this extended haiku break, courtesy of Rami Abraham.

Exquisite endpoints
Extol epic exabytes
Enabling earthlings

Careful interfaces
Considerately conjured
Customizer chic

Ring in the new year
With elegance and balance
Twenty Seventeen

Hooks hook healthily
17817
Sane iterations

Admin in your tongue
One site, many languages
We all speak WordPress

WordPress 4.6.1 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted September 7, 2016 by Jeremy Felt. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.6.1 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.6 and earlier are affected by two security issues: a cross-site scripting vulnerability via image filename, reported by SumOfPwn researcher Cengiz Han Sahin; and a path traversal vulnerability in the upgrade package uploader, reported by Dominik Schilling from the WordPress security team.

Thank you to the reporters for practicing responsible disclosure.

In addition to the security issues above, WordPress 4.6.1 fixes 15 bugs from 4.6. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.6.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.6.1.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.6.1:

Andrew OzzbongerBoone GorgesChaos EngineDaniel Kanchev, Dion Hulse, Drew Jaynes, Felix ArntzFredrik ForsmoGary PendergastgeminorumIan Dunn, Ionut Stanciu, Jeremy Felt, Joe McGillMarius L. J. (Clorith)Pascal BirchlerRobert D PayneSergey Biryukov, and Triet Minh.

WordPress 4.6 RC2

Posted August 11, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

The second release candidate for WordPress 4.6 is now available.

We’ve made over 30 changes since the first release candidate. 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 4.6 on Tuesday, August 16, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.6 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 4.6, 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 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4, and RC 1 blog posts.

A few changes of note since the first release candidate:

  • Support for custom HTTP methods and proxy authentication has been restored.
  • Various fixes for the streamlined updates, including better failure messages and error handling, basic back-compat styling for custom update notifications, and additional and standardized JavaScript events.
  • Unnecessary reference parameters have been removed from new multisite functions.
  • A compatibility issue with PHP 7.0.9 (and PHP 7.1) has been fixed.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.6 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.6. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release – we never want to break things.

Be sure to read the in-depth field guide, a post with all the developer-focused changes that take place under the hood.

Translators, strings are now frozen, including the About Page, so you are clear to translate! Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

Happy testing!

The verdict is in,
Can I haz all the features,
Your best WordPress yet.

🏳️‍🌈

WordPress 4.6 Release Candidate

Posted July 27, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

The release candidate for WordPress 4.6 is now available.

We’ve made a few refinements 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 4.6 on Tuesday, August 16, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.6 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 4.6, 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 4.6, check out the Beta 1Beta 2, Beta 3, and Beta 4 blog posts.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.6 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.6. If you find compatibility problems please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release – we never want to break things.

Be sure to read the in-depth field guide, a post with all the developer-focused changes that take place under the hood.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

Happy testing!

Der Sommer ist da,
Zeit für ein neues Release.
Bald ist es soweit.

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4

Posted July 20, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.6 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 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides. This is the final planned beta of WordPress 4.6, with a release candidate scheduled for next week.

Some of the fixes in Beta 4 include:

  • Media: alt attributes are now always added to images inserted from URLs (#36735).
  • Object subtype handling has been removed from register_meta(). Details about this change are explained in a post for developers.
  • Resource hints are now limited to enqueued assets (#37385).
  • A regression with query alterations introduced by the new WP_Term_Query has been fixed (#37378).
  • The Ajax searches for installed and new plugins have been enhanced to fix several accessibility issues and to improve compatibility with older browsers. (#37233, #37373)
  • The media player MediaElement.js has been updated to 2.22.0 to fix YouTube video embeds (#37363).
  • The Import screen was overhauled, improving accessibility and making it much easier to install and run an importer (#35191).
  • Emoji support has been updated to include all of the latest Unicode 9 emoji characters (#37361). 🤠🥕🥓🕺🏽🤝🏿
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes during the last week.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

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.

Happy testing!

This is Beta 4,
The last before RC 1.
Please test all the things.

WordPress 4.6 Beta 3

Posted July 13, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.6 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 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.6, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides on make/core. Some of the fixes in Beta 3 include:

  • Revisions: Autosaves can now be restored when revisions are disabled (#36262).
  • An improved handling of PHP’s memory limit which doesn’t lower the limit anymore (#32075).
  • TinyMCE has been updated to 4.4.0 (#37327).
  • HTTP API: Proxy settings weren’t honored by the new HTTP library. This has been fixed (#37107).
  • Improved handling of UTF-8 address headers for emails (#21659).
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 65 changes during the last week.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

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.

Happy testing!

Beta 3 is here,
The more testing, the better.
Gotta catch ‘em all!

WordPress 4.6 Beta 2

Posted July 6, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.6 Beta 2 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 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

Notable changes since WordPress 4.6 Beta 1:

  • Meta: The fallback authentication for the previous registration method has been restored. Also, retrieving registered metadata now works and non-core object types are no longer forcibly blocked. See #35658.
  • REST API: The order of setting sanitization and validation has been reversed; validation now occurs prior to sanitization. Previously, the sanitization callback ran before the validation callback. See #37192.
  • Customize: The order of setting sanitization and validation has been reversed; validation now occurs prior to sanitization. See #37247.
  • HTTP API: WP_Http::request() returns an array again. See #37097.
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made just over 50 changes in the last week.

For more of what’s new in version 4.6, check out the Beta 1 blog post.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

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.

Happy testing!

Teenage Beta 2
Thirteen years of pressing words
Rejoice with testing!

WordPress 4.6 Beta 1

Posted June 30, 2016 by Dominik Schilling (ocean90). Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 4.6 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 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 4.6 is slated for release on August 16, but to get there, we need your help testing what we have been working on, including:

  • Shiny Updates v2 ([37714]) – Shiny Updates replaces progress updates with a simpler and more straight forward experience when installing, updating, and deleting plugins and themes.
  • Native Fonts in the Admin (#36753) – Experience faster load times, especially when working offline, a removal of a third-party dependency, and a more native-feeling experience as the lines between the mobile web and native applications continue to blur.
  • Editor Improvements – A more reliable recovery mode (#37025) and detection of broken URLs while you type them (#36638).

There have been changes for developers to explore as well:

  • Resource Hints (#34292) – Allow browsers to prefetch specific pages, render them in the background, perform DNS lookups, or to begin the connection handshake (DNS, TCP, TLS) in the background.
  • New WP_Site_Query (#35791) and WP_Network_Query (#32504) classes to query sites and networks with lazy loading for details.
  • Requests (#33055) – A new PHP library for HTTP requests that supports parallel requests and more.
  • WP_Term_Query (#35381) is modeled on existing query classes and provides a more consistent structure for generating term queries.
  • Language Packs (#34114#34213) – Translations managed through translate.wordpress.org now have a higher priority and are loaded just-in-time.
  • WP_Post_Type (#36217) provides easier access to post type objects and their underlying properties.
  • The Widgets API (#28216) was enhanced to support registering pre-instantiated widgets.
  • Index definitions are now normalized by dbDelta() ([37583]).
  • Comments can now be stored in a persistent object cache (#36906).
  • External Libraries were updated to the latest versions – Masonry to 3.3.2 and imagesLoaded to 3.2.0 (#32802), MediaElement.js to 2.21.2 (#36759), and TinyMCE to 4.3.13 (#37225).
  • REST API responses now include an auto-discovery header (#35580) and a refreshed nonce when responding to an authenticated response (#35662).
  • Expanded Meta Registration API via register_meta() (#35658).
  • Customizer – Improved API for setting validation (#34893#36944).

If you want a more in-depth view of what major changes have made it into 4.6, check out posts tagged with 4.6 on the main development blog, or look at 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!

More Shiny Updates
In 4.6 Beta 1.
And Font Natively.

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