Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordpress 3.2 released

Wordpress 3.2 released - Faster, Lighter and BETTER

Finally something was done to Wordpress loading speeds. I'm using both Blogger and Wordpress blogs, and Wordpress has always been very slow. (Yes, I know that there are plugins that should speed up things, but I like to have less plugins.)

Wordpress 3.2 -  Changelog Highlights

  • Refreshed Administrative UI - Admin redesign
  • New Default Theme "Twenty Eleven" - Uses the latest Theme Features
  • Full Screen Editor - Distraction free writing experience
  • Extended Admin Bar - More useful links to control the site
  • Requirements Changes -
    • PHP 5.2.4 or greater (old requirement - since WordPress 2.5 was PHP 4.3 or greater)
    • MySQL 5.0.15 or greater (old requirement - since WordPress 2.9 was MySQL 4.1.2 or greater)
  • Enhanced Browser Compatibility -
    • Drop Internet Explorer 6 support
    • Start End-of-life (EOL) cycle for Internet Explorer 7
    • Browse Happy notify users of out-of-date browser
  • WordPress is Faster and Lighter -
    • Faster page loads -- We've gone through the most commonly loaded pages in WP and done improvements to their load time
    • Faster Upgrades -- The update system now support incremental upgrades so after 3.2 you'll find upgrading faster than ever
    • Optimizations to WP_Filesystem -- Updates over FTP are now much quicker and less error prone
    • Stream downloads to the filesystem -- Improves update times and lowers the memory footprint
    • Performance improvements for wptexturize()
    • Remove PHP4 compatibility including timezone support
    • More efficient term intersection queries
    • Some optimizations in the HTML sanitizer (kses)
    • Speed optimizations for is_serialized_string()
    • Cache the Dashboard RSS Widgets HTML output to reduce unnecessary Ajax requests as well as the memory footprint
    • And many other improvements and tweaks
Whole list of changes is available here.
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