If you are a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you must be aware of How to upgrade WordPress to beta releases. Now WordPress 3.2 beta is out and we are testing it on our test server to see what’s new and how it’s going to change your experience with WordPress. Here I’m outlining what’s new in WordPress 3.2 and what all features you going to love in WordPress 3.2.
Twenty Eleven theme:
So we all know that from now on we can expect a new WordPress theme from WordPress team every year. WordPress 3.2 will come preloaded with Twenty eleven WordPress theme. Here is a screenshot of Twenty eleven WordPress theme:
Though this theme is not perfect for any professional blog, but as a personal blog or non serious blogger, this theme is a good place to start. More over if you are one of those who emphasize more on typography, you will like this free WordPress theme.
Distraction free Writing:
Being a blogger, we all know how important it is to not to be distracted while writing. WordPress 3.2 brings a new feature call Distraction free writing which I’m sure every blogger is going to love. Distraction free writing gives you full screen environment where you can focus on writing and it also offers text formatting option.
Here is a video which shows how to get into WordPress distraction free writing mode and how to come out of it. Do notice the way background fades away when you starts writing.
Dropped support for outdated browser:
IE6 is a history now but people are still using it. Many online web apps and sites have already removed their support for IE6. WordPress3.2 will show a warning message for using an insecure browser. Also if you are using an outdated version of your browser, you will get a message on your WP dashboard to upgrade your browser to latest version.
The Approve and Reply Commenting System
A new feature added to the way comments are approved and replies are left. Earlier you’d have to approve the comment first and then reply to it, now the new WordPress 3.2 Beta adds the Approve and Reply option. This new option will let you reply and approve a pending comment at the same time, by displaying the Approve and Reply. A nice feature don’t you think, as it will surely help you discuss more on your blog and reply to all the comments easily.
PHP and MySQL requirement:
I have already informed you that WordPress 3.2 will require latest technology and if you wish to upgrade your blog to WordPress 3.2 you need to have PHP 5.2.4+ & MYSQL5. So you need to check with your hosting. Specially if you are on free webhosting, I would suggest check with your custom care or host if they support PHP 5.2.4+ and MYSQL5. Else you should consider switching to any of the recommended WordPress hosting.
Apart from all above changes, WordPress 3.2 will also offer better speed and other improvements. Specially WordPress team are focusing more on making WordPress more faster with future updates.
Overall it will be fun to see WordPress 3.2 rolling out soon and we will make most out of distraction free writing feature. Do let us know what feature in WordPress 3.2 you liked the most and also let us know what feature you might like to see in future upgrade?