The release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available.
Weâ€™ve made a lotÂ of refinements over the last few weeks. RC means we think weâ€™re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, itâ€™s possible weâ€™ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.1 on Tuesday, December 16, but we need your help to get there. If you havenâ€™t tested 4.1 yet, now is the time! (Please though, not on your live site unless youâ€™re adventurous.)
To test WordPress 4.1 RC1, you can use theÂ WordPress Beta TesterÂ plugin or you canÂ download the release candidate hereÂ (zip).Â If youâ€™d like to learn more about whatâ€™s new in WordPress 4.1, visit the About screen in your dashboard (Â â†’ AboutÂ in the toolbar) or check out the beta announcement.
Developers,Â please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.1 and update your pluginâ€™s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.1 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.
Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where weâ€™ll continue to postnotes for developers for 4.1. (For example: if youâ€™ve written a child theme for Twenty Fifteen, some of the new pagination functions have been renamed for clarity.)