WordPress 3.2 Plans Revealed; Faster, Lighter, Drops PHP4 and MySQL4 Support And Will Be Anti-IE6

has been out for almost a month now and is pretty much stable. Now, that the last major release of WordPress is out of the way, the developers have already started to focus on the next version; WordPress 3.2.

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According to a blog post by the lead developer at WordPress; Mark Jaquith, the plans for WordPress 3.2 include several new and exciting changes which will make WordPress more faster and lighter than ever before. WordPress 3.2 will also have a faster release cycle than WordPress 3.1 and include several other changes.

Dropping PHP4 and MySQL4 Support – Welcome PHP5 and MySQL5

For starters WordPress 3.2 will drop support for PHP4 and MySQL4 and will require users to use PHP 5.2 and MySQL5. However, the developers have been asked to refrain from using PHP5 specific code in this build.

IE6 Nagging

In addition to that WordPress 3.2 may also include a nag for IE6 users and ask them to “use a real browser”. This change is related to the BrowseHappy campaign.

Distraction Free Writing in Admin Panel

The Admin write panel may get a major overhaul with WordPress 3.2. The Full screen editor may get a overhaul similar to WriteRoom where users can focus on writing and avoid distractions. It will be interesting to see how this shapes up. One of the developers is actively working on this and may release a plugin for distraction free writing well before WordPress 3.2 comes out.

Improvements in Auto Upgrading

WordPress 3.2 may have better support for upgrading your installation. The developers will focus more on upgrading just the updated files rather than upgrading the entire installation and core files.

Speed Improvements

WordPress can slow down a website, specially with a large database. Also the admin menu loads a bit slowly at times. WordPress 3.2 will address the speed issues by introducing PHP lazy loading and disabling certain things which leads to the slowdown.

The new features in WordPress 3.2 have not been revealed yet, but from the WordPress 3.2 plans definitely look interesting. Speed and stability are a major part of any platform and outdating older versions of PHP4 and MySQL4 should help with adding more features in the future.

WordPress 3.2 is just a stepping stone towards adding more speed, stability and features to the best blogging platform in the world.

Fix WordPress Permalink Problem After WordPress 3.1 Upgrade

If you have upgraded to recently and are seeing problems with permalinks redirects specially for category pages, you are not alone. There are several people who have reported similar issues and are seeing 500 errors on permalinks and redirects.

There is no straightforward way to fix this issue and it might take a bit of time to figure out what is going wrong. However, some of the core WordPress team members have come up with a plugin that fixes this particular permalink and redirect issues with WordPress 3.1 upgrades.

According to the plugin description, there seems to be a problem with the REQUEST_URI variable being set on certain WordPress 3.1 installations.

This plugin ensures the REQUEST_URI variable is set during the initialization of WordPress, allowing permalinks to work correctly.

So if you are facing the permalink and canonical redirects problem with WordPress 3.1 go ahead and install the Permalink Fix & Disable Canonical Redirects Pack.

(h/t @lorelleonwp)

Using Internal Linking in WordPress 3.1 To Link to Existing Posts

was released yesterday and it added a lot of new features which make it a very exciting prospect. Most of the new features that were added were under the hood, but there are a few features which can be used by regular users like the new Internal linking feature which allows you to link to your existing posts easily while writing articles.

Link to Existing Content WordPress 3.1

The Internal Linking feature is available as part of the regular linking workflow, however, in addition to adding a link, WordPress 3.1 also allows you to search for existing posts and link to them.

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When you use the link option in the write panel, you will now see an option called "Or link to existing content". Expanding this option will allow you to search and link to existing posts quickly and easily. The feature also allows you to use search terms so that you can narrow down the posts.

One of the good things I saw about internal linking is that it is fast and would definitely increase your productivity if you link to your own posts pretty often.

Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.1 yet? If yes, have you used this feature? Do you find it useful and productive? Do let me know your views through about it.

How To Disable/Hide Admin Bar in WordPress 3.1

WordPress 3.1 was released yesterday and it added a lot of features which can be used by developers. Additionally, it has also added features like the admin bar which provides easy access to administration functions in WordPress. This feature is pretty similar to what WordPress.com users see.

WordPress 3.1 Admin Bar

However, there are several people who do not like this new feature and there is an easy way to disable it. To disable the admin bar follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to your WordPress dashboard.

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Step 2: In the right hand side, click on your name.

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Step 3: Clicking on your name will take you to your profile page. On this page, uncheck the boxes next to the "Show Admin bar" and save your settings.

This should disable the admin bar in WordPress 3.1 for your profile. However, you will have to do this for multiple profiles. If you are looking to disable it site wide you can use the plugin Disable Admin Bar.

WordPress 3.1 Released; More CMS Features Introduced

Update: Check update below to see the renamed release

The fourteenth major version of WordPress; WordPress 3.1 has finally been released to the public. WordPress 3.1 codenamed "Django" "Reinhardt" is named in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and follows the naming trend for WordPress releases with musicians names.

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WordPress 3.1 has a lot of new features which include:

  • Redesigned linking workflow which makes it easier to link to your older posts (Internal linking is good for SEO)
  • A new admin bar which will allow you to quickly access your dashboard pages while you are browsing your website.
  • A better writing interface which hides rarely used panels by default.
  • A new refreshing blue admin scheme
  • New Post Formats which makes it easier for themes to create micro blogs with different styles
  • New CMS features like archive pages for custom content types
  • Overhaul of the import and export system
  • Advanced taxonomy and custom field queries

Most of the new features in WordPress 3.1 is not targeted towards the regular users, but more towards advanced theme developers who can make use of these functions to create themes that will transform your WordPress installation into a CMS.

More info on the WordPress 3.1 release and downloads can be found on the official blog.

Update: The release was renamed to "Reinhardt" after a controversy came up on Hacker News related to naming WordPress 3.1 release "Django" which is also a popular programming web framework for Python.