Just posted this morning WordPress announced (on their blog) the release of the WordPress 3.2 Beta which is available for testing. It has been three months since the release of WordPress 3.1 and the crew has been working hard on making further improvements to the CMS.
It’s really cool that WordPress is releasing the Beta to the public as it will encourage the community to take some part in the development process – such as reporting bugs over at the alpha/beta forum. Plus, this way people can get familiar with 3.2 before the final release which is said to be sometime by the end of June (hopefully).
New Stuff In 3.2
- Performance improvements to make things faster
- Distraction-free writing – improved full-screen visual editor with HTML mode available as well
- Admin UI refresh – a little facelift of the admin UI to keep it looking young
- New Default Theme – Twenty Ten will be replaced by Twenty Eleven
- Some admin bar tweeks (more links)
- New Requirements: PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0.
- Internet Explorer 6 will no longer be supported – YAY!
- Favorites menu has been removed
For Theme & Plugin Developers
It’s important to keep on top of the latest WordPress updates and if you are planning on releasing any new themes or plugins this year you may want to read up on WP 3.2 and you can check out the WordPress Beta Tester plugin which will allow you to install the beta for testing.
Download WordPress 3.2 Beta
Don’t forget that this software is still in it’s development stages so you shouldn’t run it on any production site, but if you wish to install the Beta on a dummy site to test it out.