WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate Set to Come Out Tomorrow

The elusive WordPress update we’ve been waiting months to see has inched a little closer to release.

According to lead core developer Mark Jaquith, we can expect a release candidate by tomorrow.

WordPress lead core developer Mark Jaquith
WordPress lead core developer Mark Jaquith at WordCamp Orlando 2011.

In a post at Make WordPress Core, Jaquith says the pesky Post Formats UI that has held up the release of the long awaited version 3.6 has been extracted. He says revisions in the latest release have also been given an “intense” refactoring, allowing users to scale up to hundreds of versions without killing your server or browser.

“A backlog of many hundreds of tickets has been whittled down. As of this writing, we’re below 40 tickets for 3.6, and they’re actively being committed and punted as appropriate,” Jaquith says.

“The plan is to keep on those tickets and get to RC by Friday.

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“Help is appreciated! A bunch of people have been ‘pinged’ regarding tickets on report/6, so please scan through those and log on to IRC to check for messages.”

Post formats
The shiny new Post Formats UI was supposed to be a major feature of WordPress 3.6.

Last month Andrew Nacin, another lead core developer, told members of a developer chat WordPress 3.6 would be shipped “when it’s done” and “there is, very simply, still work to do.”

The new Post Formats UI was originally set to be a major feature of 3.6 but work on it was taking too long, prompting Jaquith to announce in May there was a “fundamental issue with the concept” and the release of 3.6 “can’t be held up any longer for this. It needs to come out.”

The UI has subsequently been stripped from the core and will live as a plugin – and will possibly be touted as the major feature of WordPress 3.7.

Are you still hanging out for the latest release or sick of hearing about it? Tell us in the comments below.

Image credits: Titanashyku

Comments (12)

  1. I’m indifferent. The release will launch when it launches. I’ve not heard of anything in this one that will change my life. Too busy working and keeping my clients happy with what we have now to worry about! :)

  2. Does anyone have a simple yet effective way to update their existing WordPress installations?

    With all these updates, it’s trying to constantly setup a mirrored, development server, load the update, text, revise, test again, etc. until I’m comfortable with migrating to our production site.

    Any alternatives to how I’m handling the updates?

    Thank you.

  3. With every WordPress update I am reminded how damned lucky we all are to have this incredible, always current, ever evolving resource and we have it for FREE!

    Whenever 3.6 arrives is up to the guys who know … and their decision is gonna be the right one! Thanks to all at WP.

  4. Good timing! I’ll be rolling out a multi-site on Monday so I’ll have a few day to see how it goes.

    @type0 I finally decide if I’m going to run a multi-site the right way I needed to have a development server. I run a different domain name and am having a fire wall set to only allow my IP and the host company to access it. Have to keep out traffic and especially the search engines.