WordPress version 3.2 codenamed ‘Gershwin’ has been released last night boosting over 400 enhancements including new user and developer features, performance improvement as well as addressing several bug fixes. It is available as an upgrade either from the wordpress.org website or within your admin panel.
Unlike previous upgrades, this fifteenth major release focuses primarily on making WordPress faster and lighter. It sports a refreshed adminstrative UI with tightened typography and overall aesthetic adjustments applied to different sections. Perhaps the most useful change is the new post editor which now includes a better full screen mode that provides a distraction free writing experience – when toggled, all interface elements (widgets, buttons, etc) fades out leaving you with a clean textarea for entering your content.
In terms of system requirements, this new version of WordPress only works with PHP 5.2.4 or greater and MySQL version 5 or greater. Before you hit the upgrade button, please check your hosting environment. Most web hosting companies provides support for both PHP4 and PHP5 that can be switched using directives via custom php.ini or .htaccess. Please note that WordPress has also ditched support for Internet Explorer 6 and the administrative area will no longer operate in IE6 and other legacy browsers.