The WordPress team is excited to announce the release of the 6.4 Beta 1 version. Kindly avoid using it on main or critical sites. For best results, test this Beta on a designated test platforms.
Three methods to test the 6.4 Beta 1:
- Plugin: Opt for the WordPress Beta Tester plugin. Choose the “Bleeding edge” option along with “Beta/RC Only”.
- Direct Download: Secure the Beta 1 zip file and set it up on your WordPress platform.
- Command Line: Execute this WP-CLI command: wp core update –version=6.4-beta1.
The goal is to launch WordPress 6.4 by November 7, 2023. WordPress value your testing feedback to refine the release. The 6.4 release emphasizes inclusivity, being led by a team primarily from gender-underrepresented groups in the WordPress community.
Stay updated with the 6.4 release journey by visiting the Make WordPress Core blog for related articles.
Want to Contribute? Start Testing! Software development relies heavily on testing. Your input is crucial—regardless of your expertise. A comprehensive guide is available to assist you in exploring WordPress 6.4’s features. If you spot any glitches, use the WordPress support forums or the WordPress Trac. For existing issues, consult our known bugs list. Join our Make Core #core-test Slack channel to dive deeper into testing.
Are you keen to learn about Gutenberg’s latest additions since 6.3? Review the “What’s New in Gutenberg” posts, ranging from 16.2 to the awaited 16.7 release.
Beta 1 of WordPress 6.4 boasts over 400 enhancements, 370 editor bug fixes, and addresses over 190 core tickets.
Double Your Bounty During Beta 1 From Beta 1 until the final release candidate, rewards for spotting new security flaws will be doubled. Please adhere to responsible reporting guidelines mentioned on our HackerOne page.
Dive into a few more WordPress 6.4 Features:
- Twenty Twenty-Four Theme: This versatile theme is perfect for diverse users, from business professionals to creatives.
- Font Management: Introducing the Font Library and Font Face for enhanced typography control.
- Interactive Images: New lightbox functionality for Image blocks.
- Writing Upgrades: Enhanced keyboard shortcuts, better pasting capabilities, and a redesigned toolbar.
- Design Enhancements: From background images to alignment settings, 6.4 adds tools for creativity.
- Workflow Improvements: Updates to the Command Palette and List View ensure seamless site editing.
- Pattern Innovations: Organize, transfer, and manage patterns with ease.
- Block Hooks: Inspired by WordPress Hooks, Block Hooks allow for automated block insertions.
- Accessibility: Over 60 accessibility upgrades in Beta 1, focusing on improved UI.
- Performance: Expect over 100 performance tweaks, including enhanced template loading and new script loading methods.