WordPress Government Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy has printed a proposed schedule for 2024 that features three main core releases. The dates haven’t but been set in stone however have been deliberate to keep away from main holidays and WordPress occasions.
The primary launch of the yr, WordPress 6.5, is scheduled for March 26, adopted by 6.6 in July and 6.7 in early November.
Though WordPress had formally concluded Part 2 of the Gutenberg undertaking (centered on Web site Customiziation), 6.4 was centered totally on extending current options within the block and website editors alongside preliminary explorations of Part 3 (Collaboration). Releases in 2024 will go full power into collaboration options.
“Provided that 2024 will maintain a bulk of the work for Part 3, I anticipate that 6.5 and 6.7 will likely be centered on these Collaborative options,” Chomphosy mentioned. “I wish to suggest that 6.6 be held particularly for upkeep and common polish of the software program (as was wished for earlier this yr).”
Chomphosy requested for suggestions on the timing and focus of the deliberate releases. WordPress core committer Pascal Birchler prompt swapping the focuses for six.5 and 6.6, because it’s not clear how a lot of of Part 3 work will likely be prepared in time for six.5. The suggestion additionally is sensible in mild of the options that didn’t make the lower for the earlier launch.
WordPress 6.4’s launch squad needed to punt the planned typography management flagship features and these are anticipated to land in 6.5. This features a Font Library and server-side @font-face CSS generation and printing, which is able to permit customers to browse a library of fonts within the admin, much like managing media. It is not going to be depending on the theme that’s activated however will likely be a library that’s extensible for plugin builders.
The dialogue relating to 2024 releases continues to be ongoing within the feedback of the put up. WordPress customers might also hear extra about what’s coming within the subsequent yr throughout Matt Mullenwg’s State of the Word address, which will likely be delivered stay from Madrid on December 11, 2023.