Chapter 3: Understanding Development and Release Cycles
In This Chapter
Delving into WordPress release cycles
Exploring betas, release candidates, and final release versions
Navigating WordPress release archives
Tracking WordPress development
Using bleeding-edge builds
If you’re planning to dip your toe into the WordPress waters (or you’ve already dived in and gotten completely wet), the WordPress platform’s development cycle is really good to know about and understand because it affects every WordPress user on a regular basis.
WordPress and its features form the foundation of your website. WordPress is a low-maintenance way to publish content on the web, and the software is free in terms of monetary cost. However, WordPress isn’t 100 percent maintenance free, and part of maintenance is ensuring that your WordPress software is up-to-date to keep your website secure and safe.
This chapter explains the development cycle for the WordPress platform and shows you how you can stay up-to-date ...