“Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible something was missed. WordPress 5.7 is slated for release on March 9, 2021, but your help is needed to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.7 yet.
You can test the WordPress 5.7 release candidate in two ways:
- Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “Bleeding edge” channel and Beta/RC Only” stream options)
- Or download the release candidate here (zip).
Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the Beta releases and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is a critical part of polishing every release and a great way to contribute to WordPress.
What’s in WordPress 5.7?
- Robots API and Media Search Engine Visibility
- Detect HTTPS support
- Lazy-load iframes
- jQuery migrate-related Deprecation notice clean-up
- Admin color palette standardization
- The newest version of the Gutenberg plugin