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WordPress 3.2 Released

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.

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