Back on January 22, WordPress 5.1 Beta 2 was released and put to the test. The latest WordPress 5.1 Beta 3 was slated to be released on January 30 but was delayed by one day. It was reported that there was some security issue with the new PHP error recovery feature.
Yesterday (January 31, 2019), WordPress 5.1 Beta 3 was made available to the general public for testing. As the third beta version is in development mode, users are advised to avoid running WordPress 5.1 Beta 3 on a production site. If you want to have fun with this release, set up a test site. You can download the beta version or try the WordPress Beta Tester button.
Why Talk About WordPress 5.1 Beta 3?
Site Health Check
The feature of the PHP error protection handler was originally slated for this version. However, they are making you wait for this feature until the release of WordPress 5.2. Why are they doing so? There were some security issues discovered in this version. Do you want that insecure code? This is the reason why they decided to pull this insecure code out of this beta release. Work is in progress to address some security concerns.
Some Additional Changes
Some smaller bugs have been fixed including:
- A couple of bugs in block editor are fixed.
- TinyMCE is upgraded to version 4.9.2.
- Some behavioral differences between the old classic editor and the new block editor have been fixed.
- When it comes to adding rel attributes to links, make sure that the value is not empty. And, as expected, it works with customizer changesets.
If you are a developer, there are decent changes in WordPress 5.1 to enhance your experience. Checking out the developer’s notes will keep you further informed throughout the release cycle.
The big release, WordPress 5.1 is scheduled to come on February 21. Don’t forget to post if you find any bug.