WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was released yesterday with many new features and enhancements. First and foremost are WordPress’s first Site Health features, significant performance improvements (especially in the editor), and numerous developer features. Developers, make sure you check out the field guide. 📕
This release had contributions from 561 different people, and Jon Desrosiers points out that 231 (41%) of these were contributing to their very first WordPress release. As a result, 5.1 will surpass 4.4 as the release with the highest total number of contributors.
Looking forward, WordPress 5.1.1 will be a “short-cycle maintenance release” and a “2-week minor release” with the following schedule:
- March 4, 2019: 5.1.1 RC
- March 7, 2019: 5.1.1 Release Date