WordPress 5.7: What’s Ahead

WordPress 5.7: What's Ahead

With WordPress 5.6 officially launched, the WP core team has turned their attention to WordPress 5.7

It will be the first major release of 2021, and the first of four releases planned for the upcoming year. 

This article will cover the overview of the planned releases and features.

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Planned Features

The main goal for WordPress in 2021 is Full Site Editing via Gutenberg. WordPress 5.7 will be the first step in that direction. 

Here are some of the key features that will be likely worked on in WordPress 5.7:

  • Update WordPress Core to include current releases of the Gutenberg plugin.
  • Gutenberg: ship additional blocks, refine the UI, add tools for themes and design, and continue working on the widgets screen.
  • Continue work on auto-updates and jQuery.

The core team has said that it is possible they will add more items to the above list, but they will not be revisiting the proposed items until after the end-of-the year holidays. 

For more details on what is expected to be included in WordPress 5.7, you can check out the full status report

As with all WP releases, all component maintainers and teams are invited to prioritize their bug-fixes and enhancements for 5.7. To help with WordPress 5.7 tickets, check out the 5.7 report in Trac. Likewise, they are also asked to continue polishing all of their current interactions and making the UIs more user-friendly.

WordPress 5.7 Release Schedule

The WP 5.7 cycle will have a similar timeframe to that of 5.6:

  • Alpha: 78 days – 5.6 had 84 days
  • Beta: 21 days – same as 5.6
  • Release Candidate: 14 days – same as 5.6

The WP core team has proposed the following schedule for WordPress 5.7 based on the tentative schedule and experiments from the past twelve months.

  • Alpha: November 17, 2020 – trunk is open for 5.7 alpha contributions
  • Kickoff: December 15, 2020 – first bug scrub of the new cycle
  • Planning Roundup: December 21, 2020 (covered in this post)
  • Betas: February 2, 2021 – 11 weeks from branching off trunk, seven weeks from kickoff
  • Release Candidates: February 23, 2021 – three weeks from beta 1
  • General Release: March 9, 2021 – two weeks from release candidate 

Bookmark this post to keep up with all WordPress 5.7 updates and stay tuned for the official release. 

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Sam Brown
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Sam is a Content Marketing Writer at InMotion Hosting. He covers a wide range of topics but focuses primarily on WordPress, thought leadership, and help articles for bloggers and small businesses.

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