WordPress recently decided that the release of the third major version for 2021 will be postponed until January 25, 2022. The project was so late that major contributors as late as last week, it expressed its concerns about the possibility of meeting the 2021 deadline.
What happened behind the scenes was a rush to meet a deadline with growing awareness that the 'Failure to stop the exit could result in "regrettable decisions" as the "big red flags" signaled that there was noa way that version 5.9 can be released on time.
High hopes for WordPress 5.9
WordPress version 5.9 represents a milestone for the WordPress community as it includes updates Significant level of full site block editing capabilities.
Full site editing is a fundamental feature that allows an editor to edit every aspect of a website using the Gutenberg blocking interface.
The purpose of the Gutenberg blocking based interface is to make WordPress easier to use through a visual interface.
The key components of the release 5.9 not ready
Many key components for an easy-to-use block-based editor were far from ready for release.
blocks represent the future of WordPress, but without these important components, the future of WordPress remains stuck in the future.
According to the timeline pForgotten by WordPress, they were faced with two decisions:
- Meet the deadline by deploying a significantly reduced version of WordPress
- Extend the deadline and publish the full and planned version of WordPress 5.9
According to WordPress , problems arose: proved insurmountable and subsequently forced the delay in the release of version 5.9:
WordPress instituted a freeze on the introduction of new features in order to focus resources on finishing version 5.9
The same ad noted:
WordPress rushed dangerously
Major contributors to the WordPress core have raised concerns there over a week ago, noting that the project was far from over and saying that itwas dangerously rushed, recommending that the release date be pushed back to a later date.
The kernel the contributor wrote :
Better to publish after the holidays
The sight of major WordPress contributors "rushing things in a dangerous way " to meet what is essentially an arbitrary deadline can seem frightening from the outside.
Yet it was the main contributors themselves who were also afraid that the time would pass to realistically deliver a finished product.
In a way it is better to release a major version upgrade after the holiday season.
There is always the possibility that something could go wrong and go wrong during the crucial holiday shopping period would be a disaster.
An argument could be argued that the decision to push the release date back long after the holidays works for the b is for several reasons.
Read the WordPress 5.9 deadline announcement
Revised WordPress 5.9 Release Schedule
Major WordPress Contributors Raise Red Flags on WP 5.9
Overview of outstanding issues and blockers in WP 5.9