WordPress 3.2 Released

July 4th, 2011
WordPress, WordPress News

WordPress 3.2 has been released! WordPress is now faster and lighter, with a new Dashboard, new default theme, distraction free writing, admin bar enhancements, and much more.

WordPress now requires a minimum of PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0, so make sure that you’re ready before upgrading. Support for the long-outdated Internet Explorer 6 has been dropped too, but there are many alternatives.

To avoid any potential issues, make sure that you temporarily deactivate all of your plugins before upgrading, and refer to the WordPress 3.2 Troubleshooting Master List if you run into any problems.




  1. Sahas Katta (6 comments.) says:

    Really loving the new Admin Panel. Feels a lot faster, not to mention space saving too. the “Just Write” feature is pretty neat too.

  2. Tushar Agarwal (1 comments.) says:

    The new wordpress 3.2 is very improved and feels much faster than earlier. I simply love the new fullscreen mode / zen mode.

  3. John Silva (2 comments.) says:

    Upgraded to 3.2 this morning and I received this:

    Surprised that IE8 is not new enough?

    • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

      It’s a very literal warning. True to the point, IE8 is not the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE9 is.

      There’s a link at the bottom to dismiss the message.

      • John Silva (2 comments.) says:

        LOL, Not to quibble, I was under the impression the whole idea was “Support for the long-outdated Internet Explorer 6 has been dropped”. Since IE9 was only released 3 months ago, I take it that this is new functionality of WP 3.2 and not a bug. Now waiting till WP tells me that my IE9 minor version is out of date. (joking :D)

        • Tom Coburn (67 comments.) says:

          what would get me about this, what happens when IE 10 comes out? do they have to write all new code into a new version to support checking of that browser? I mean that doesn’t make any sense does it? shouldn’t it be like “if < ie6 warning" else "no warning" that kind of thing? I mean that seems like boat to me to check for every browser. what does it do for firefox, chrome, and opera? especially since chrome and firefox come out with new versions every 3-6 months now… it doesn't make any sense to me to check if the browser is the latest one, long as its not IE6 or below it shouldn't matter would be my point.

          • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

            No new code to write actually. It just checks to see what the latest version of the browser is and whether you’re using it or not. It’s just there to encourage you to use the most up-to-date browser. As mentioned before, the notice can be dismissed with a simple click.

  4. Dana (1 comments.) says:

    I have installed it and kind like it even though I do not fell the difference yet except for the dashboard.

  5. Tracy says:

    Really sad to see the requirements for this release :-(

    Setting the minimum PHP version to one only released on June 25, 2011 is not only ridiculous it is down right reckless. This is illustrated in the post above where IE 8 isn’t working. We have always relied on WordPress to be a stable environment that can be upgraded with little concern, but that is no longer the case.

    I use two different major hosting companies for multiple customer sites and neither one of them have upgraded from 5.2.17 to 5.2.4, so I couldn’t upgrade even if I wanted to. I guess for now, we stick with what works and hope for the best down the road.

    • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

      Actually, PHP 5.2.4 was released August 30 of 2007, and 5.2.17 is a higher version than 5.2.4 (17 > 4):

      Also, IE 8 still works, there’s just a dismissible notice informing you that you are not using the latest version, which is IE 9.

    • Leng (2 comments.) says:

      Yes sorry but your thoughts are a little crooked. Not trying to be mean but never doubt wordpress till you figure everything out. WordPress is fantastic and even if they mess up a little you still can’t be mad because either way your still going to be using wordpress. But just be patient if things aren’t working well for you right now, eventually they will fix it.

  6. Uwe (18 comments.) says:

    works like a charm \o/

  7. Leng (2 comments.) says:

    Well Thanks James for all the info. This is my first time on this blog and i really needed to find one like this. I was kind of worried myself about upgrading atm but I think everything will be fine if I do, so all worries are gone, Have a nice one.

  8. Patrick B (6 comments.) says:

    Nice! I’m glad to see they’re focusing on speed. Being on a shared hosting platform drives me crazy! Anything that will help my admin area work a bit more smoothly is certainly welcomed.

  9. joecr (20 comments.) says:

    My only question for the drop of IE 6 support was that only in the admin interface. I ask because of most of the IE traffic on my site for some reason is still IE 6 & most of the traffic is on IE. If it was only for the admin area I have no issues otherwise I may need to find a theme that supports IE 6.

    • James Huff (184 comments.) says:

      IE 6 support was only dropped in the Dashboard. Browser support on the front-end is still entirely up to your theme.

  10. Kent Mauresmo (1 comments.) says:

    I love the new wordpress layout. It looks really cool. I like the font change.

    This is the only update I’ve seen in the past 2 months that have actually made the dashboard look different.

  11. Matt Hempsell (1 comments.) says:

    The new admin panel is great, makes things a lot more intuitive!
    My sites also seam to run quicker under the latest update.
    thank god people are now dropping support for ie6, the sooner that vanishes in to the wilderness the better.

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