WordPress 3.1: 15 Million Downloads

13 September

WordPress 3.1: 15 Million Downloads

WordPress recently released version 3.2 of its software; coincidentally the previous version, 3.1m hit the 15 million download mark on the same day WordPress announced the upgrade. 3.2 is poised to achieve similar success; within 24 hours of its release, 333,000 million copies were downloaded. What does WordPress 3.2 have to offer?

In the WordPress News blog announcement for 3.2, Matt Mullenweg writes, “The focus for this release was making WordPress faster and lighter.” Changes include:

• Updated dashboard design. The design and typography is more clean and simple, allowing for an enhanced experience.
• HTML5 Twenty Eleven theme. This replaces the default theme for new blogs. One of the features of the theme is the ability to have rotating header images.
• “Zen mode.” The redesigned post editor allows you to go full screen and write. The idea is for a “distraction-free” writing environment. Most-used shortcuts are available at the top if you scroll your mouse over them, and you will have access to menus, buttons, widgets, and interface elements you need.
• Retiring of PHP4, IE6, and older versions of MySQL to make way for new technologies.
• More shortcuts on the admin bar so you can get to your most-used actions easily.
• Approve and Reply feature to facilitate faster conversation management.
• Enhanced security features. Only versions 3.1.4 and 3.2 are sufficiently patched to close up security risks that were common in other versions.

WordPress 3.2 is available for download via the WordPress.org site. Set-up is easy and fast, particularly if you are upgrading from a previous version.

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