WordPress 5.9 “Josephine” is released today. This version is name after jazz musician Joséphine Baker.

This is the also the 24th consecutive release with contributions by rtCampers. Props to Deepak, Juhi, Kapil, Rakib, Sanket and Sourov. 🎉

Extra cheers for Kapil also featuring as a contributor for the latest release of WP-CLI (ver. 2.6.0).

Some quick stats about WordPress 5.9

  • There were 624 volunteer contributors
  • Over 370 trac tickets
  • Finally over 1900 pull requests on GitHub.

WordPress 5.9 Features

The big new update is Full Site Editing (FSE). You can edit the header, footer, archive page and all other parts of your theme by using the editor.

If you want to give Full site editing a spin, you might like to check out this free course on WordPress.org.

The new FSE compatible Twenty Twenty-Two Theme is also shipped with the new version.

Along with that, we have a host of updates on the new version from better block controls, renewed list view block and a better gallery block. For developers there are several updates but the main one would be Theme.json being available for child themes.

For a complete list of all the updates, you can read the release post.

Links: WordPress 5.9 Release post | 5.9 Handbook

Do you find joy in open-source and want to work with us? We are hiring for the roles below 👇