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WordPress 3.2 Released

WordPress 3.6 Beta 1

This week WordPress released version 3.2. WordPress 3.2, nicknamed Gershwin after composer and pianist George Gershwin, is a major upgrade and recommended for all users.

For a full list of changes in WordPress 3.2 click here. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Requirements Changes
    • PHP 5.2.4 or greater (old requirement – since WordPress 2.5 was PHP 4.3 or greater)
    • MySQL 5.0.15 or greater (old requirement – since WordPress 2.9 was MySQL 4.1.2 or greater)
  • Enhanced Browser Compatibility
    • Drop Internet Explorer 6 support
    • Start End-of-life (EOL) cycle for Internet Explorer 7
    • Browse Happy notify users of out-of-date browser
  • WordPress is Faster and Lighter
    • Faster page loads — We’ve gone through the most commonly loaded pages in WP and done improvements to their load time
    • Faster Upgrades — The update system now support incremental upgrades so after 3.2 you’ll find upgrading faster than ever
    • Optimizations to WP_Filesystem — Updates over FTP are now much quicker and less error prone
    • Stream downloads to the filesystem — Improves update times and lowers the memory footprint
    • Performance improvements for wptexturize()
    • Remove PHP4 compatibility including timezone support
    • More efficient term intersection queries
    • Some optimizations in the HTML sanitizer (kses)
    • Speed optimizations for is_serialized_string()
    • Cache the Dashboard RSS Widgets HTML output to reduce unnecessary Ajax requests as well as the memory footprint
    • And many other improvements and tweaks

To download WordPress 3.2 click here.

If you need help upgrading to WordPress 3.2 feel free to contact us.

About Ryan Gatto

Project manager extraordinaire with hundreds of website designs created and managed from concept to execution. Results-oriented leader dedicated to client success through all relevant media channels, creative marketing and advertising design. Keen branding eye with the ability to generate creative concepts that deliver results based on client goals and input.