It’s been a month since the release of WordPress 6.0, 2nd major release this year. And, now Executive Director of the WordPress project, Josepha Haden Chomphosy has offered some insights about the forthcoming major release WordPress 6.1. She also encouraged enthusiastic people to contribute to the project.
Josepha on the WordPress podcast offered a few insights about WordPress 6.1 and stated that the next major WordPress release will mainly focus on the Block Editor, refinement of template editor, global styles, block, and design tools, etc.
Talking about the importance of contributing to the project, Josepha said,
So if you’ve never contributed to a major release of WordPress before, and you’re interested to know how that works, there are some things to keep an eye out for over the next few weeks. We are in what is considered the planning phase for the next big release. And so there are two or three things you’re gonna see pretty soon.
First is a planning kickoff post. That post gets published on make.wordpress.org/core, and it includes notes on volunteering for the release squad, some guesses at areas of focus based on the tickets that we’re seeing in track, a schedule, the whole kit, and caboodle. It’s all in there. If you are wanting to know how to lend a hand and how to take your first steps to core contribution, apart from the new contributor meeting that happens before the dev chat, that post is the place to start.
Meanwhile, you can follow this link to read the transcript of the podcast Episode 34.
Furthermore, the milestone and dates for the proposed WordPress 6.1 schedule have been announced. According to the schedule, we can expect WordPress 6.1 General release on October 25, 2022.