WordPress 5.02 to bring performance boost

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Announced this week, is the first of what’s likely to be quite a few fast iterative updates to WordPress core, following the release of the huge 5.0 update.

WordPress 5.02 is schedule to come along on December 19th mainly addressing performance concerns with the new Gutenberg editor.   Talk amongst the core team suggests improvements of 2-5 times for posts using 100s of Gutenberg blocks.

Milestone dates for the new release are as follows

  • Release Candidate 1: December 14, 2018
  • Release Candidate 2 (if needed): December 17, 2018.
  • General Release: December 19, 2018.

The 5.0.2 release is also expected to address a raft of other general issues fixing issues with the 2019 theme and also PHP 7.3.x compatibility.

The team won’t be resting on their laurels either.  Coming early in 2019, WordPress 5.1 is expected to come along in late February.  At the time of writing 215 bugs have been fixed already, bundled together for this release. Expect more in the final version, though the upcoming holidays should slow things down.  

Milestone dates for this release are as follows:

  • Beta 1: January 10, 2019
  • Release Candidate 1: February 7, 2019
  • General Release: February 21, 2019

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