WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin” Now Available

WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin”, fifteenth major release of WordPress is now available.

Yesterday, we updated that WordPress 3.2 will be available by this week and today it is available. WordPress 3.2, codename “Gershwin”, dedicated to the noted composer and pianist George Gershwin, is the fifteenth major release of WordPress. This major release of the most popular content management system (CMS) comes just four months after 3.1 (which coincidentally just passed the 15 million download mark this morning).

Matt Mullenweg, in the announcement blog post said:

The focus for this release was making WordPress faster and lighter. The first thing you’ll notice when you log in to 3.2 is a refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typography, design, and code behind the admin. (Rhapsody in Grey?) If you’re starting a new blog, you’ll also appreciate the fully HTML5 new Twenty Eleven theme, fulfilling our plan to replace the default theme every year. Start writing your first post in our redesigned post editor and venture to the full-screen button in the editing toolbar to enter the new distraction-free writing or zen mode, my personal favorite feature of the release. All of the widgets, menus, buttons, and interface elements fade away to allow you to compose and edit your thoughts in a completely clean environment conducive to writing, but when your mouse strays to the top of the screen your most-used shortcuts are right there where you need them. (I like to press F11 to take my browser full-screen, getting rid of even the OS chrome.)

We already posted what’s new in this release in our earlier article about 3.2, you can go through it to find out yourself (screenshots included).

Interested users should check out Codex page on 3.2 or the Trac milestone which includes the 400+ tickets closed in this release for more insight about this major release of the popular CMS.

Since, this is a major upgrade, we will test our present site’s configuration on a test site with 3.2 to see if everything is good to go before upgrading. Users can either upgrade from within their admin dashboard or download a copy of 3.2 and manually upgrade or do a fresh install of it.

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