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WordPress 6.2 Reaches Key Milestone with Release Candidate 1

Last Updated on March 23rd, 2023


The first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 6.2 is now available for testing, marking a significant milestone in the release cycle. While we believe RC1 is ready for final release, community testing can only improve its quality. The official release is scheduled for March 28, just three weeks away. As is common in open-source development, we believe that many eyes make all bugs shallow,  so we encourage everyone in the WordPress ecosystem to help test this release, including theme and plugin developers, educators, agencies, and creators.

Please note that this version of WordPress is still under development, and we advise against installing, running, or testing it on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, we recommend testing RC1 on a test server and site. 

You can test WordPress 6.2 RC1 in three ways: 

1. installing and activating the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choosing the “Bleeding edge” channel and “Beta/RC Only” stream), 

2. directly downloading the RC1 version (zip)

3. using the WP-CLI command: “wp core update –version=6.2-RC1.”

wp core update --version=6.2-RC1

If you’re a first-time tester, we’ve provided a guide to help you get started.

// Team WPLift




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