WordPress 3.2 was just released and if you experienced a problem with upgrading it was most likely caused by the fact that your host is running an outdated version of MySQL. WordPress 3.2 requires that your web server be running not only PHP 5.2.4 or higher, but also MySQL 5.0 or higher. There’s a good chance that your web host has already upgraded to the latest MySQL version, but I experienced an issue with Media Temple.
As it turns out, my databases were still running on an older version of MySQL, and if you’re in the same boat and try to update WordPress, you’ll see the error message shown above.
Media Temple has a tool which will upgrade you to the latest version of MySQL and you will just need to call in to get a link to that tool.
You should always upgrade to the latest version of WordPress, and if you’re ready to upgrade, just make sure your web host has MySQL version 5.0 or higher running as well as PHP 5.2.4 or higher. If not, you’re going to have a problem.
WordPress had made the announcement about these requirements quite some time back, but I’m sure many people who run WordPress based sites will not have been aware of this. I’ve provided some links below with more information on this.
If you haven’t upgraded yet, I’d recommend you install and run this Health Check plugin which will check to see if you have the minimum requirements on your web host to run WordPress 3.2
What’s new in WordPress 3.2
So, what’s new in this version of WordPress? Well, there are some very cool updates. A new look for the dashboard which is real nice. Cleaner lines and just an overall improved interface.
I really like the new fullscreen writing environment. When creating posts, you can switch to this mode and everything on the screen except your post will fade out and you can focus on your writing without any distractions.
There are other updates and enhancements and you can watch the official video for more:
- Are you ready for WordPress 3.2
- EOL for PHP4 and MySQL4
- WordPress 3.2 Now Available
- Health Check plugin
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