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