WordPress 5.0 What you need to know

The release of WordPress 5.0 is just a couple of weeks away with the recent release of the 3rd beta versionof WordPress 5.0. Below is all you need to know about this release, and what to look out for.


When WordPress 5.0 is released this month your site needs to be running WooCommerce 3.5.1+ to avoid breaking changes.

WooCommerce Recommend making sure you have the latest version of WooCommerce installed BEFORE updating to WordPress 5.0

In case you missed it, WooCommerce 3.5 was released two weeks ago with some exciting new features and upgrades:

  • REST API v3
  • Friendlier transactional emails
  • Performance improvements

We strongly encourage you to install the latest version, following the best practice of first testing the update in a staging environment, rather than on your live store.

This is even more important if you have auto-updates toggled on.

Block Editor

The block editor has been updated to include all of the features and bug fixes from the upcoming Gutenberg 4.2 release. Additionally, there are some newer bug fixes and features, such as:

  • Adding support for the “Custom Fields” meta box.
  • Improving the reliability of REST API requests.
  • A myriad of minor tweaks and improvements.

Twenty Nineteen

Twenty Nineteen has been updated from its GitHub repository, this version is full of new goodies to check out:

  • Adds support for Selective Refresh Widgets in the Customiser.
  • Adds support for Responsive Embeds.
  • Tweaks to improve readability and functionality on mobile devices.
  • Fixes nested blocks appearing wider than they should be.
  • Fixes some errors in older PHP versions, and in IE11.

The Twenty Nineteen theme has also seen bug fixes and tweaks,which are available from it’s GitHub repository. The theme now comes with support for Selective Refresh Widgets in the Customizer section, as well as support for Responsive Embeds.

Twenty Nineteen theme has also been improved for readability and functionality on mobile devices. There are also bug fixes relating to older PHP versions and IE11.

WordPress users can try the Beta 3 version on a test site to play with WordPress 5.0. It is recommended not to use it on a production site before the general availability, as it is still under development.

WordPress 5.0 is expected to release on November 19.

To try the beta version, use WordPress Beta Tester plugin or download it from here.

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