WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin” – Important News

WordPress 3.2 Gershwin

We’re excited to hear that WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin” (named after American Composer George Gershwin) is now available to the world, both as an update in your dashboard and a download on WordPress.org. Version 3.2 is the fifteenth major release of WordPress and comes just four months after 3.1 (which has just passed the 15 million download mark), reflecting the growing speed of development in the WordPress community and WordPress’s dedication to getting improvements in your hands as soon as possible.

Important theme updates

Here at frogsthemes.com we’re committed to providing our users with the best possible support and as a result we have thoroughly tested and updated all our premium WordPress themes in this new version of WordPress. We If you use one of our themes and you haven’t changed any of the theme files them the update will be easy to make and we highly recommend it.

Firstly, simply login to your account and download the updated version of your purchased theme. Then before you do anything else make a backup of your current theme, then upload the new theme, replacing the current one.

WordPress 3.2 Minimum requirements

As of 3.2, you’ll need to be running PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. Log in to your hosting account, and check to make sure you have at least PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. Most of the major hosts already default to these or newer versions, but there are some exceptions. Check to see which versions you are running, and if you’re still on an older version, it should be as simple as changing a dropdown menu and clicking Save to get up to date.

If you don’t know how to find this information in your hosting account or you don’t even know how to access your hosting control panel because someone else manages that for you, don’t fret. You can find out if you’re ready for 3.2 with the Health Check plugin. In your dashboard, go to Plugins → Add New and search for “health check” (it should be the first result). Install it, activate it, and it will tell you if you need to update anything.

If you need more help, contact your host’s customer service and use this email template to ask them to help you.

Hi there. I host my domain [example.com] with you, and I run WordPress on my site. The minimum requirements are changing to PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0, and I would appreciate your help in confirming that my site’s setup meets these requirements. If I’m currently running an older version of PHP or MySQL, could you update it for me, or tell me how to do it? Thanks so much!

IE6 and Outdated Browsers

With 3.2, WordPress are also dropping support for Internet Explorer 6, a 10-year-old outdated browser that even Microsoft is ready to leave behind.

If your browser is out of date, you’ll see a friendly orangey-yellow box in your dashboard letting you know you a newer version is available (which you can dismiss, of course). If you’re using IE6, though, the box will be red, and your dashboard will not function properly. If you’re stuck on IE6 because the computer you use is maintained by a business, library, school, or the like, and you are not able to download a newer browser, here’s a sample email you can use to ask your boss/administrator/IT guys to update the browser.

Hi there. The computer I use at [where you use the computer] is equipped with an out-of-date web browser. Internet Explorer 6 was created 10 years ago, before modern web standards, and does not support modern web applications. More and more sites and applications are dropping support for IE6, including the new version of WordPress. Even Microsoft, the makers of IE6, are counting down until IE6 goes the way of the dinosaur (see http://www.ie6countdown.com/ for more information). Can you please install an updated version of IE or any modern browser (see http://browsehappy.com for more information) on the available computers? Thank you very much.

Finally, an introduction to WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin”