For those with self hosted WordPress.org installs, WordPress 3.2 is in Beta testing and expected to launch at the end of June. The new version will have enhanced features, including a faster load time to conform to the new Google algorithm.
As WordPress.com site is on continuous roll-out on Thursday morning we awoke to find WorPress.com was running 3.2 . Immediately noticeable were Admin navigation bar, Dashboard and Visual Editor changes. Some users discovered Wordpress has dropped support for IE6. The dashboard will still load for IE6 users, it just won’t function very well. The bigger concern for users is that IE 6 is less secure. WordPress is made to work with modern browsers. If you visit your Dashboard using an outdated web browser, we’ll let you know there’s a newer version available. Browse Happy.
Jane Wells summarized the new WordPress 3.2 — in Now More Than Ever: Just Write
“In the spirit of making things faster and simpler, today we are introducing a couple of changes to your dashboard that will make it easier for you to just write.”
- A Fresher, Faster Dashboard
- Make your writing window/post box bigger on the editing screens (you can drag the lower right corner if you use the Visual editor, and/or change the default height of the writing window in Settings → Writing).
- Goodbye, IE6 – With this update, WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6.
- Simultanous Approve and Reply (comments)
- Introducing Distraction-free Writing – a major upgrade to the full-screen writing experience.
- Random rotating header images.
- Color and layout options.
- Additional post formats. ( Here is the official, current listing of all free themes provided by WordPress.com that support post formats. Asides, Links, and Galleries, etc.)
- CMS-style slider home page option.
I have tried out all the new features. I tend to be resistant to change and reluctant to adapt. However, I’m also curious so when any new feature appears I do try it out in my test blogs. I’m not overly impressed by most of the changes and I am grieving over the loss of some older features.
I do like the “Add New” drop down menu. I do like the simultaneous approval of moderated comments and replies.
I don’t appreciate the moving of the privacy setting notice that used to be right next to the blog tile and was immediately visible to me into the “Right Now” module. I now have to click into the “Right Now” module to confirm the visibility setting this is an added click and that fails to impress me.
I’m not finding that the page loading time is faster. It seems to me that every page takes longer to load but I haven’t timed this so perhaps my perception is incorrect.
I won’t be using the Distraction Free Writing feature. I have now experimented with this full screen writing feature in my test blogs and I’m grateful that it’s optional because I will not be using it.
- I found the white screen to be glaring and distracting.
- The full array of Visual editor icons are not available and I particularly missed the he undo and redo icons. I found the lack of the full array of icons to be inconvenient and having to switch back and forth to locate the icons I wanted to use to be an annoyance.
- I found this to be extremely disconcerting and annoying: “The formatting header is shown when you first arrive on the screen, to orient you, then fades away so you can focus on your writing. Move your mouse to indicate that you want access to these items and it will magically reappear.”
- I did not encounter a bug, or any breakage I simply found Distraction-free Writing to be distracting. Those with IE7 browsers report the toolbar is obscured by the dark-gray WordPress “universal toolbar.” Others have reported that it takes It also takes several attempts to successfully upload an image into a post.
I’m wondering feedback what my WordPress.com readers think of these WordPress 3.2 version changes and hoping they will post comments outlining their experiences with them and responses to them.
- WordPress.com says “Goodbye IE6″ (justjennifer.wordpress.com)