WordPress 3.2 is Here: Born on the 4th of July

WordPress 3.2, dubbed Gershwin, has arrived and is ready for download, coinciding with the American Independence Day. Nice little touch for GPL software, isn’t it? ;)

What’s New and Exciting in WordPress 3.2?

If you’ve been following WordPress 3.2 development, then you know it’s packed full of goodies. The major new features include:

  • Refreshed dashboard design
  • Fully HTML5 new Twenty Eleven theme with optional rotating header images
  • Distraction-free writing or zen mode
  • Retiring support for PHP4, older versions of MySQL, and legacy browsers like IE6
  • Performance updates to make WordPress significantly faster on all hosting platforms
  • More shortcuts to your most commonly-used actions in the admin bar
  • Comment moderation screen includes the new approve & reply feature to speed up conversation management

Here’s a quick video introduction to WordPress 3.2, courtesy WordPress.tv:

Fancy, isn’t it? I know you’re probably itching to upgrade at your earliest opportunity. I think I’m more excited about Twenty Eleven than I was for TwentyTen. However, if you’re running BuddyPress on your site, you’ll need to be aware of a few extra things.

WordPress 3.2 and BuddyPress 1.2.9: Upgrade Together

WARNING: If you’re using BuddyPress, it’s advised for you to update both WordPress and BuddyPress at the same time. You’ll experience a few funky jQuery issues if you don’t. They MUST be updated together. BuddyPress 1.2.9 dropped today to ensure full compatibility with WordPress 3.2

For a full list of everything that’s new, check out the codex page on WordPress 3.2.

Also, if you’re drinking and celebrating today, I don’t advise you to update until tomorrow. ;) You’ll want to make a decent backup of your WordPress site first and then continue on with the automatic or manual upgrade.

Enjoy WordPress 3.2 and Happy Independence Day!

Feature pic CC hto2008