WordPress 3.2 Released, Design Refresh

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 5, 2011
Updated • Jan 2, 2015

Update: WordPress 3.2 is an old release. You can download the most recent release of WordPress from the official website.

Two WordPress releases in short time, that puts some pressure on system administrators and website owners. That is, if you update your blogs as soon as the updates come out, and not weeks afterwards. WordPress 3.2 is not a security update, which means that webmasters have more time to update their blogs to the new version, as it is not something that they must do right away to protect it from hackers and exploits.

That's good because the new version introduces new system requirements that webmasters should make sure their server supports, before they upgrade. WordPress 3.2 requires as a minimum MySql 5.0.15 and PHP 5.2.4. That's a big step from MySQL 4.1.2 and PHP 4.3. Contact your hoster if you are not sure if you server supports the minimum requirements.

Experienced webmasters can also create a php file with <? PHPINFO(); ?> as the content and upload it to their server. The file displays the information, among many others, in the browser when opened there.

The highlights of WordPress 3.2 in 40 words or less: WordPress comes with a refreshed admin design, a full screen editor for distraction free blogging, a new default HTML5 theme and an extended admin bar.

There are other things, largely under the hood that will make webmasters happy. This includes faster page loading times, dropped support for Internet Explorer 6, additional performance and speed improvements and caching of admin dashboard widgets to reduce the site's memory footprint.

The new admin interface seems to use new typography as well, at least in some parts. Especially the font in HTML editing mode feels strange with its white space between words and a new line height. Editors who switch to the visual mode on the other hand seem to get a default font (does anyone know if it is possible to change the font in WordPress admin?)

The update notifications are as usual available right on the admin backend of the blog. Webmasters can update their blogs from within their, if configured this way. This is the fastest update option. An alternative is the download of the new version from the official website and updating via ftp or sftp.

I have updated five blogs yesterday evening and the update went well without difficulties. I will now continue to upgrade my other twenty or so blogs, such fun..

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  1. AstroGremlin said on July 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

    My experience was positive and love the writing interface. Takes some getting used to but truly Just Write. This piece chronicles my leap.

  2. Ricardus said on July 6, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Updated to the 3.2 and the flow and the enhancement is astonishing. After the security breach over the past weeks, now I hope they can enhance their security features as well. Way to go..

  3. Jon Wright said on July 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    If somebody doesn’t know how to find out what versions of php and mysql they are running, either from their control panel of by using the phpinfo() function then they shouldn’t be hosting their own wordpress blog – the advice to contact their hoster is moot. Anyway, isn’t there a wordpress plugin that helps people identify if the current blog is upgradeable?

  4. Bill Roehl said on July 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    If anyone knows how to quickly and easily change the horrid Courier font in the Admin side for authoring posts that would be excellent. God it hurts my eyes.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm
  5. Ivan K. said on July 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Have updated just recently. Looks and works as advertised. I have done some modifications on the main CSS and font styling to my liking. All of the plugins are working OK and so far so good. I like the new twenty eleven theme a lot. Much better than the 2010.

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