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					5 Things to Know About WordPress 3.2, Nice Surprise Self-hosted
WordPress.org users got a nice surprise on Independence Day with the release of
WordPress 3.2, “Gershwin.” WordPress 3.2 is the fifteenth major WordPress
release in the project’s eight-year history. The focus in this release was to make
things faster, lighter and more streamlined. We’ve spent some time with
WordPress 3.2, both in its various betas and in the final version, and put together
this guide to what’s new, improved and enhanced. 1. New Minimum
Requirements One of the larger technical changes in WordPress 3.2: This release
officially drops support for older versions of PHP and MySQL. The new
requirements mean that PHP 4 and MySQL 4 will no longer be supported. This is
a good thing. PHP 5 and MySQL 5 have both been available since 2005, and
WordPress is actually one of the last major pieces of web software to drop support
for the old versions. Even though WordPress 3.2 doesn’t actually do anything that
requires PHP 5, this is the first step in that direction. Moving to PHP 5 and
MySQL 5 means that future versions of WordPress can be lighter, take advantage
of more new features and be better optimized for performance. The new basic
requirements are PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. The popularity of WordPress and the
fact that the team made the announcement of the switch a year in advance means
that most major hosts who weren’t already running newer versions of MySQL and
PHP have had a chance to upgrade. You can find out if your web server meets the
minimum requirements by installing the Health Check plugin from the WordPress
directory. It simply tells you what versions of PHP and MySQL you are running
and lets you know if that is appropriate for WordPress 3.2. 2. Goodbye, IE 6 In a
similar vein, WordPress.org is following in the footsteps of WordPress.com and
dropping support for IE 6. Supporting IE 6 has long been a struggle for the UI
team — many of the new features and additions just don’t play well with the
aging browser. You can load the WordPress dashboard in IE 6 but it won’t look
good or be very usable. For corporate users who are still forced to use IE 6 at
work, use this as yet another opportunity to convince the bean counters to move
away from IE 6 and onto modern browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera,
Safari or IE 9. 3. New Default Theme One of my favorite features in WordPress
3.2 is the new default theme, Twenty Eleven. When WordPress 3.0 was released
last year, it came packaged with a brand-new default theme, Twenty Ten. At the
time, the WordPress Theme Team said the goal was to introduce a new default
theme every year. Twenty Eleven is the spiritual successor to the Duster theme for
WordPress.com and WordPress.org users. Duster was developed by the gang at
Automattic (the people behind WordPress.com) and it was a visually and
technically impressive theme. Twenty Eleven has taken the work on Duster and
improved it, making it more stable and robust. Visually, the theme is clean and
modern and it supports responsive layouts, which means that the same website
will look great on a phone, an iPad or desktop monitors of varying sizes.

				
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