WordPress 3.2 has been released and now available. The focus of this release is
- Launch of a new default theme: Twenty Eleven
- Full screen “Distraction Free” post editing
- A faster and lighter WordPress core
- A refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typhography, design, and coding
This issue has been posted by Matt Mullenweg at WordPress.org:
WordPress 3.2 has been released on July 4, 2011, the same date where US celebrates its Independence day . This was another free software that released and published around the world as an update in your dashboard and a download on WordPress.org
Version 3.2 is the fifteenth major released of WordPress and comes in four months after 3.1 was released, which actually just passed the 15 Million download mark on the same date where 3.2 has announced and published. This is evidence of the fast growth of WordPress development in the community.
The main focus of this release was making WordPress faster and lighter. You will notice that when you log in, 3.2 has a refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typhography, design, and code behind the admin. If you are going to start a new blog, you will appreciate the full HTML 5 Twenty Eleven Theme. This is to fulfill the WordPress plan to replace the default theme every year. You can now start write a post from a redesigned post editor and venture to the full-screen button in the editing toolbar to enter the new distraction-free writing or zen mode, the personal and special feature of this released. All of the widgets, menus, buttons, and interface elements fade away to allow you to compose and edit your thoughts in a completely clean environment conducive to writing.
There are number of improvements in this released, not the least of which is the streamlining enabled by the previously announced plan of WordPress in retiring support for PHP4, older versions of MySQL, and legacy browsers like IE6, which allows us to take advantage of more features enabled by the new technologies. The admin bar has a few additional shortcuts to your commonly-used actions. On the comment moderation screen, the new approve & reply feature speeds up your conversation managment.
For your first update after 3.2, you will notice that only updating the files will be going to change with each news release instead of every file in your WordPress installation. This will make your updates significantly faster on all hosting platforms. There are also some addtional fun new theme features shown off by Twenty Eleven, like the ability to have multiple rotating header images to highlight all your favorite photos.
You can update immediately from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.
Please contact us anytime if you require assistance with your WordPress upgrade.