WordPress 3.2 – Good, But Wait!

I’m really just posting to test that everything is working in WP 3.2 – I’ve just done the upgrade here as a test.  So far it’s looking good, but you should be aware this is a major level upgrade and also is the point at which WP leaves behind legacy support for older versions of PHP and MySQL – you should have:

  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater
This upgrade means that not all hosts are ready (although, if your host isn’t supporting this level, you should change hosts).  It’s also a problem for some dependencies in plugins like FeedWordpress, Tweet This and Facebook Comments.  Fixes are available, but you’ll be cracking open a code editor if you want them right away.
Otherwise, lots of admin changes, promises of speedier performance (I see it…) and a new theme with all the features (I have it turned on, but will be constructing one of my own soon).  Full feature list here…and here is a summary:
  • Refreshed Administrative UI – Admin redesign
  • New Default Theme “Twenty Eleven” – Uses the latest Theme Features
  • Full Screen Editor – Distraction free writing experience
  • Extended Admin Bar – More useful links to control the site
My advice, as always, with this major level release is this: if you aren’t technical, have someone who is do the upgrade just in case.  If you are, do your backups and make sure you meet the minimum requirements for the upgrade.  In general, I suggest you wait a couple weeks and let the plugin makers get caught up, and let the bugs get sorted out by the community.

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