WordPress 5.0 Release Date Update to November 27

The WordPress 5.0 release date has been pushed back to November 27. The previous schedule outlined the possibility of a slip date where the first target date could slip by up to eight days if necessary.

“As discussed during the Core devchat this week, the initial November 19th target date is looking a bit too soon for a release date,” Gutenberg technical lead Matias Ventura said in today’s announcement on the make.wordpress.org/core blog. “After listening to a lot of feedback — as well as looking at current issues, ongoing pull requests, and general progress — we’re going to take an extra week to make sure everything is fully dialed in and the release date is now targeted for November 27th.”

Ventura outlined a new plan where beta 4 and beta 5 releases will coincide with Gutenberg 4.3 and 4.4 releases. RC1 is expected to be released November 19. He said contributors will be posting daily high level updates on the current status of the release, including things like open pull requests to be reviewed and outstanding bugs, to the #core-editor channel.

The announcement also includes a short video demonstration of Gutenberg fully integrated with the new default Twenty Nineteen theme.

Given the recent pushback on the timeline from prominent WordPress developers and business owners, the updated November 27 timeline may still not offer enough time to resolve the issues remaining and allow the ecosystem to prepare training materials that accurately reflect late stage UI changes.

At a spontaneous Q&A session at WordCamp Portland this weekend, Matt Mullenweg said WordPress 5.0 was branched from 4.9.8 so this release has been tightly wound to the previous one to allow for a more seamless transition.

The next targeted release day falls on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, which should be a relief to anyone running a WordPress-powered e-commerce site. If WordPress misses the updated November 27 release date, it will be pushed back to the secondary target date of January 22, 2019.

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  1. Relieved it got pushed back. The 27th is almost as bad an idea, though. The fact that this was even contemplated shows how out of touch developers are with actual WP and Woo users. It’s something the powers that be (Automattic) need to get their heads around as WP matures. In the commercial development world, things are very quiet in November and December for good reason. Release schedule be damned … Stuff just has to work.

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  2. This is the first time that I do hope, that WordPress will miss its release date (again).

    January will be so much better for everyone I can think of:
    – Gutenberg team (which works like crazy right now),
    – 2019 default theme team (which heavily relies on Gutenberg updates and is blocked by some of its issues),
    – regular users, that will get a more polished software.

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  3. I find it hard to believe that videos such as are present on this page and elsewhere on the Tavern are not accessible. Could we at least have audio to let us know what’s going on?

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    1. The video is silent, but I take your point in the general case.

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  4. I know not everyone is in the US but this to me is kind of like pushing it back just three days when considering how little gets done over the long Thanksgiving weekend and all that tends to surround Black Friday and Cyber Monday. January 22 would create some very nice breathing room all around and I’m guessing that’s pretty likely to happen. Hoping, anyway.

    It’s really nice to see how Twenty Nineteen handles Gutenberg. Things are coming together and that’s exciting.

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  5. Just move it to January!! There’s no such thing as too much time with a project like this.

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    1. It would be great for that to happen, few months will help polish the new release, but with WordCamp US in December, from the PR point, it is better to have WP 5.0 released before the camp. From where I stand, this is the only reason to push for such unrealistic release schedule in the first place.

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  6. Yes nice, Gutenberg works with the ‘in house’ theme.. Yay!
    Just move it to January already and stop this ridicule dance.
    Also would be nice, from time to time, to hear WHAT ELSE WP5 will bring, other than this lovelyhatedterribleamazingfuturisticbutidontwantitnowormaybeyes thing called Gutenberg.

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    1. Sorry to tell you but WP 5.0 basically will be WP 4.9.8 + Gutenberg! :-)

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      1. Basically not. Code differs a lot, issues differ a lot, code naming differs a lot… it might look similar, but that’s about it.

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      2. @Code Reader: Not one single end user will care about the code. They care about functionality and how WordPress has changed while using it. The code may be different, but in the end it‘s just 4.9.8 + Gutenberg…

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  7. It’s a shame they didn’t push back until January 2019 which many businesses have been asking for.

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  8. The next targeted release day falls on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, which should be a relief to anyone running a WordPress-powered e-commerce site

    There must be something I’m missing… This isn’t a forced upgrade on day 1…? One can surely take the decision to upgrade when it’s not mission critical, no?

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  9. Anyone worried can just use the ‘use_block_editor_for_post’ filter to disable it on WordPress 5.0

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  10. A major update during one of the busiest times for online businesses.

    What could possibly go wrong? :)

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  11. Anyone know of the updated release date?

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