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04 July 2011, 11:51

WordPress 3.2's new needs: developers issue reminder

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WordPress Logo In a news post, the developers have reminded users that the upcoming release of version 3.2 of WordPress has new set of minimum system requirements; the major update to the open source blogging and publishing platform will require PHP 5.24 and MySQL 5.0. The reminder comes nearly one year after they originally announced that PHP 4 and MySQL 4 would be reaching their End-of-Life (EoL).

As previously reported, WordPress 3.2 no longer supports Internet Explorer 6 (IE6). It has had a "major overhaul" to the visual editor’s full-screen composing experience, which is now also available in HTML mode, as well as a refreshed Admin user interface. Other changes include performance improvements, the addition of more links on the admin bar and the removal of the favorites menu. A new default theme called "Twenty Eleven", based on the popular Duster theme, has also been added.

Users can check if they are ready for 3.2 by using the Health Check plug-in; this will need to be installed by signing into the dashboard, going to Plug-ins -> Add New and searching for "health check". Once installed, it will advise users if they need to update any parts of the WordPress installation.

The latest stable release of WordPress is version 3.1.3, while the latest development version is 3.2 RC3 (release candidate 3). According to the developers, the final version of WordPress 3.2 is expected to arrive "very soon". WordPress is licensed under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).

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