WordPress 3.2 beta 1 is available and ready for testing


The announcement went out this morning: WordPress version 3.2 beta 1 is now available for testing. In a nutshell, that means that things are to a point that the community can begin testing out the new version to find things that are broken. Jane Wells posted the announcement, as well as that “we hope to release WordPress 3.2 by the end of June, though that is (again, as always) subject to change depending on how the beta period goes.”

Remember, 3.2 brings a number of exciting updates and changes to the WordPress we all know and love, including:

  • Performance improvements. The major focus of 3.2 has been performance, which means it will be faster.
  • Distraction-free writing is in there, which we previewed not long ago.
  • The admin UI refresh, which we posted a demo screencast for as well
  • Twenty Eleven, the new default WordPress theme (replacing Twenty Ten)
  • Tweaks to the admin bar

As you can see, there is plenty in there worth testing. The best way to help out and test WordPress is to run an installation of WordPress specifically for testing, since it’s not recommended that these in-development versions of WordPress be running in any sort of live production environment. You can use the Beta Tester plugin to run the latest version quickly and easily, and flag any issues you find in the beta support forum. You can read more about this release on the WordPress news blog.

So who is going to help out testing WordPress 3.2 and make sure it’s rock solid?

6 thoughts on “WordPress 3.2 beta 1 is available and ready for testing

  1. Wow. The new WordPress is really imPressive (sorry). It does seem faster, at least a bit. The new interface is, mostly, awesome and the distraction free writing is super elegant. This is not to mention the new default theme. I haven’t gotten into the code yet but it looks impressive and I like the custom home template.

    Some notes: I don’t like that my network admin link is now under a drop menu… annoying. Also, the white background seems too bright but I will probably get used to it.

    Still… thanks WordPress team! Awesome!

  2. Glad to see the UI got a polish from what has been in the nightly releases for the past week. (Specifically, the meta box headings and the footer look a lot better.) Trying to get used to it. Still not thrilled about the white backgrounds and all the Arial. I’ll let the actual designers do their thing though.

  3. Hi Ryan
    “The major focus of 3.2 has been performance”
    How much faster will 3.2 be?
    Just a little or a lot faster.
    One of the big disappointments of WordPress for me has been the page load time.
    Compared with a static site it runs oh so slowly.

    Guess I need to look at a caching plugin.

  4. I think we’re going to find a lot of plugin UI bugs in the admin. So far I’ve found two in fairly major plugins where metaboxes couldn’t be created and where the expand/contract on the sidebar was broken. They work fine in 3.1.3 but are broken in 3.2 beta-2. I hope plugin developers are testing against the beta or there will be a lot of headaches when this version comes out.

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