WordPress 5.3 – last big release of 2019

WordPress 5.3 will be the final major release of 2019 and aims to polish current interactions and make the UIs more user friendly and aims to release around November 12, 2019.

Note that WordCamp US will be from November 1-3 and the US Thanksgiving holiday is November 28-29. Both tend to involve travel for a number of people and reduced activity; thus the schedule was crafted to allow ~2 weeks buffer from the target release date until Thanksgiving week. Given the effort that goes into a major release, WCUS, and the end-of-year holidays, it is safe to assume that activity on core will slow dramatically after the 5.3 release until January 2020.

WP Beta

If you’re interested to give the Beta a try, you can either use the Beta Tester Plugin, or you can download it here. Never use Beta’s on live websites or critical projects and always have a proper backup plan!

New features:

  • This release will come with a new default WordPress theme called Twenty Twenty. This theme is designed by Anders Norén, and is based on Chaplin.
  • Several changes in the overall appearance of the WordPress user interface. Some users might not notice them at all, however, they will bring coherency to the overall appearance of the admin area.
  • New and improved blocks
  • Group blocks
  • Improved image block
  • Improved columns block
  • Improved table block
  • Improved button block
  • Improved latest posts block.
  • Social links
  • Improved image uploads (also from mobile and fix EXIF image rotation)
  • WordPress Admin Email check
  • Improved site health report
  • Etc.