For the last couple of weeks WordPress has come with several release candidates for the next version: 3.2. We have been playing around with the new version already for a bit, if only to see what things have changed that you as a user should be aware of.
The final version will most likely be released within this week, so with this article we want to give you a head’s up of the upcoming changes for you.
Upon login you will already see that something has changed, the font. It used to be Lucida Grande and it has now become Helvetica Neue Light; a subtle change and very good on the eye.
Depending on what kind of version of browser you are using, you will see some bigger changes in the Dashboard after login. WordPress 3.2 has completely gotten rid of support for the dreaded “browser” Internet Explorer version 6.0.
For other versions/browsers a warning is automatically shown when you are not using the latest version of that particular browser. This warning contains a link to update to this latest version automatically, but if you don’t want that (yet) then you can dismiss the message and it will not be shown to you when you login the next time.
The general changes of the WordPress 3.2 Dashboard are that the header (top of the screen) has been made more compact and the sidebar has become thinner, using different colors. Once you go deeper into the dashboard, you will see these – mostly subtle – changes come back too.
So far the changes for the eye. In the core there are also some changes, generally to make WordPress run faster. The 3 biggest changes or perhaps with the most impact for some users are:
- PHP 5.2.3 or greater (was PHP 4.3 or greater)
- MySQL 5.0.15 or greater (was MySQL 4.1.2 or greater)
- updated jQuery to 1.6.1
If you are hosted on Senlin Hosting Club, you don’t have to worry about these changes as we are running on these specs already for a long time. The jQuery update, used to run certain scripts like for example a slider on your website, can have some effect as it uses slightly different coding.
We are trying to test all sites of clients before the update, but if you notice anything going wrong on your site after the WordPress update to version 3.2, please let us know immediately, then we will look into it some more.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming update, please let us know.