WordPress 5.2.1 is now available! This maintenance release fixes 33 bugs, including improvements to the block editor, accessibility, internationalization, and the Site Health feature introduced in 5.2.
WordPress 5.2 is slated for release on April 30, and we need your help to get there! Thanks to the testing and feedback from everyone who tried beta 2, nearly 40 tickets have been closed since then. Here are the major changes and bug fixes:
The new Site Health feature has continued to be refined.
Plugins no longer update if a site is running an unsupported version of PHP (see #46613).
It’s now more apparent when a site is running in Recovery Mode (see #46608).
The distraction free button no longer breaks keyboard navigation in the Classic Editor (see #46640).
Assistive technologies do a better job of announcing admin bar sub menus (see #37513).
Subject lines in WordPress emails are now more consistent (see #37940).
Personal data exports now only show as completed when a user downloads their data (see #44644).
Plus more improvements to accessibility (see #35497 and #42853).
Minimum PHP Version Update
Important reminder: as of WordPress 5.2 beta 2, the minimum PHP version that WordPress will require is 5.6.20. If you’re running an older version of PHP, we highly recommend updating it now, before WordPress 5.2 is officially released.
WordPress 5.2 has lots of refinements to polish the developer experience. To keep up, subscribe to the Make WordPress Core blog and pay special attention to the developers notes for updates on those and other changes that could affect your products.