First release candidate of WordPress 5.0 now available

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WordPress 5.0

Following the release of 3rd beta version of WordPress 5.0, the core developers behind the leading content management system (CMS) have announced the availability of first release candidate (RC) for WordPress 5.0.

The RC means that this release has potential to be a final product, which will be released soon unless significant bugs emerge.

WordPress 5.0 will become generally available following feedbacks from developers and users. Since it is an important milestone, the core development team behind the CMS are taking enough time to fully test the latest version before releasing it.

Features of WordPress 5.0

  • Gutenberg editor

The most exciting feature in WordPress 5.0 is the Gutenberg editor that will transform the editing experience for authors, bloggers, and developers. It is a block-based post editor that will allow insertion of text, images, quotes, videos and more, in the form of blocks.

“You’ll have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or write code for a living,” wrote Matias Ventura, developer at Automattic and co-lead of Gutenberg project, in a blog post.

Currently, WordPress uses TinyMCE (Tiny Moxiecode Content Editor) as the default WordPress editor, that has been with the CMS for many years now. It provides a simple interface to users, giving them control over content creation and editing.

Since, users have got used to the classic editor, WordPress will provide them additional time to use the classic editor even after upgrading to WordPress 5.0. They’ll just need to install the Classic Editor plugin.

  • Twenty Nineteen theme

WordPress 5.0’s default theme will be Twenty Nineteen. The theme will feature custom styles for blocks available by default. It has been created for several use cases, whether users are launching a new business, running a photo blog, or supporting a non-profit.

Additionally, updates have been made to the previous default themes, from Twenty Ten to Twenty Seventeen, so that they can support Gutenberg editor.

More with WordPress 5.0

  • Users will be able to improve the accessibility of the content, as simple ARIA labels can be saved in posts and pages.
  • It will support the upcoming PHP 7.3 release.
  • There will new JavaScript language packs, allowing developers to add translatable strings directly to their JavaScript code.

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To try the WordPress 5.0, use WordPress Beta Tester plugin or download the release candidate from here.

WordPress is also on a mission to translate the CMS into more than 100 languages. It welcomes developers to contribute with coding or test changes to make the CMS error-free.

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