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?