How Are You Liking WordPress 3.2?

While most people were celebrating on the 4th of July, WordPress decided to release version 3.2 of their blogging software. WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg, thought that doing a major release on U.S. Independence Day was somehow fitting.

Here in the U.S. we are observing Independence Day, and I can’t think of a more fitting way to mark a day that celebrates freedom than by releasing more free software to help democratize publishing around the globe.

Version 3.2 is the fifteenth major release of WordPress and comes just four months after 3.1. The focus for this release was making WordPress faster and lighter. The first thing you’ll notice when you log into 3.2 is a refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typography, design, and code behind the admin. If you’re starting a new blog, you’ll also appreciate the fully HTML5 new Twenty Eleven theme, fulfilling the plan to replace the default theme every year.

The redesigned post editor allows you to do “distraction-free writing.” This is just a full-screen button in the editing toolbar that puts the editing window into full-screen zen mode. All of the widgets, menus, buttons, and interface elements fade away to allow you to compose and edit your thoughts in a completely clean environment conducive to writing great blog posts.

The one thing I miss in the new WordPress is the New Post button at the top right of admin screen. It was there in version 3.1 but disappeared in 3.2. Please bring back the new post button and add it back to the admin bar as well! Another than this little gripe, I’m really enjoying WordPress 3.2. However, like previous WordPress releases, I expect version 3.2.1 any day now.

How are you liking WordPress 3.2? Please share your views in the comments!

59 thoughts on “How Are You Liking WordPress 3.2?”

  1. Vince Cianci says:

    Wow with the music, I thought I was sitting in a restaurant and it was a waiter explaining the content of the new WordPress menu!

    1. Adarsh says:

      Exactly my thoughts Vince. I am yet to upgrade to 3.2 because my current theme seems to have some issues with WP 3.2 and I am waiting for the developer to release a fix for it.

      1. d3so says:

        I just updated WP last week and now 3.2 comes out 😛

        1. PPC Ian says:

          Yeah, seems like there’s an upgrade almost every few weeks! WP team is so hard at work. I can’t believe we get this great platform for free! 🙂

          1. Abhik says:

            Yeah!! WordPress is free and they don’t seem to release a paid one in fur future.
            I am sure Automattic will make billions if they make wp a paid script.

          2. My blog is on blogger that’s why i am not good on wordpress. But, i think are wordpress are really awesome.

        2. @D3so that’s how technology is

        3. Gift Ideas says:

          Yes, I also notice it. It is really more advance version.

  2. craig says:

    i updated mine absentmindedly, then logged out. on logging in, i find a really cool new look, and nice fonts. i liked it, though like you, had a small problem posting an article. no complains though…

    1. Graham Lutz says:

      It doesn’t seem any different or better to me, aside from the obvious design change.

  3. James Hughes says:

    Hi John

    I’m liking the look of this wordpress.

    Not sure which one I use but it might be worth me updating.



  4. Full screen while writing is quite helpful.

    1. Abhik says:

      It is indeed. But I can’t all the editor buttons in full screen mode.

    2. Yes full screen is an owesum feature from WordPress..

      1. Yes this feature was most awaited …

        I would like to see one feature where one blogger can drag and drop format of any theme.

  5. Techsute says:

    It is really nice to work on WordPress 3.2, it’s quicker and has lots of options to navigate for bloggers, and yes full screen text writing is really nice. I am enjoying it

  6. DrDarko says:

    Interesting, I just updated the WordPress and When I’m viewing my site while logged in, there is that “Add new” button on the toolbar but on the Dashboard it’s missing! I would like to see it back too.

    One other thing, new WordPress also warned me that I should update my web browser. I never had that happening before…

    So far, I really like it and I had no issue with the theme or plug-ins which is most important for me. WP team again did some great work!

  7. I’m loving wordpress 3.2 and like you John, I am waiting on 3.2.1 anyday now.

    1. Abhik says:

      Yeah!! It should be released any time within a month.. after fixing the bugs left from the alfa/beta/rc tests.

  8. fas says:

    This is by far the best version of WORDPRESS. The new fonts are uber cool.

  9. definitely a fitting day to release it. I don’t see why they’d remove the add new post button.

    Everyone uses custom themes anyways, but there is a bit of ADD among us internet folk so maybe the distraction free was a good idea.

  10. Samuel Ho says:

    It sounds great for the WordPress 3.2 released. I am a newbie blogger and keen to learn everything about WordPress. I will try to update my WordPress later on.

  11. Mate Hegedus says:

    I just can’t thank them enough that it is FREE!

    I mean how lucky are we?!

  12. The new wordpress theme is absolutely powerful. In fact, I just tried uploading a plugin and see how fast it was? I’m glad I’ve upgraded, what a great concept it has on blogging. Who knows what else they have for bloggers? Lol!

  13. Jay says:

    I really like the new WordPress, especially the new admin-interface. I think this was a much needed upgrade and even some upgrades on the backend made my website slightly faster. So overall I really like the upgrade so far.

  14. SiteChoppers says:

    There seems to be a problem adding keyword tags as the add button does not work in my editor now so yeah they have some stuff to fix.

  15. That is cool and let me start my updates as I am the regular user of WP. Thanks John.

  16. Samantha says:

    3.2 is somewhat lacking one or two of the features 3.1 had but certainly liking the distraction free writing option. Roll on 3.2.1 and yes I agree bring back the add new feature.

  17. Its good to update WordPress with the latest version. Apart from all the new features, I just myself feel more secure with the new version installed. There are much security updates with every new version..

  18. its good so far no complaints.

  19. I am blogspot blogger. So, it’s only news for me.

  20. maxengage says:

    If you can’t bear not to have the add new post button then go into your profile (top right drop down menu. You have the option to “Show admin bar” when viewing site or in dashboard. Its not quite the same as WP 3.1 but should suffice 😉

    1. John Chow says:

      They got rid of the new post button on the admin bar as well! 🙁

      1. Abhik says:

        Its moved to Add New > Post.

    2. Abhik says:

      That was Favorites Menu and they announced the removal of it prior to release of WP 3.2

  21. Sugicloud says:

    I decided not to upgrade yet. From what I see in most reviews, there are many plugin conflicted with WordPress 3.2. Better wait until the bugs is fixed…

  22. Brian Humek says:

    Sometimes I’m wary of upgrading, but I’ve really enjoyed this latest version. I love wordpress and my blogging and websites would probably not exist if it weren’t for this platform.

  23. Shawn says:

    I got the new WordPress update 3.2. But I couldn’t finish it because it said I need to update my MSQL database. I was frustrated and still trying to figure it out.

  24. its should be every version and i dont prefer to you missin the new WordPress is the New Post button at the top right of admin screen.

  25. Great style of introducing WordPress in the video….

  26. Sadia Komal says:

    I like new version of wordpress

    1. Good going Sadia i also like New Version,nothing else…..

      1. Today i made a new blog on wordpress. It’s really cool.

  27. Curious if anyone has done any basic tests… I mean it iwll be different for everyone based on there server and where are they in the world…

    But do a pageload speedtest before and after the upgrade, as well as how much CPU time/MYSQL time and memory it uses.

  28. PPC Ian says:

    I’m happy with 3.2 working well for me.

  29. Abhik says:

    Well.. It’s the best WordPress version I ever used.. 🙂

  30. Adminto says:

    Great.. The best thing I’ve ever used

  31. Erwin Miradi says:

    Well, it doesn’t seems to have much changes except for colors. And anyway, I’m a bit worried about WordPress that keep on updating while not every plugin keeping up with it. Or am I the only who worried about this?

  32. Greg says:

    It was an easy as usual upgrade!I have yet to see the security feastures in wp2 but they usually improve with each release.
    The Editor is re-designed and the login page
    I am happy with it and we must remember it is FREE


  33. Whitney says:

    I’m lovin it!!! I just now switched over to WordPress from Blogger…man there is no limit to what you can do with WordPress!!

    1. @whitney wordpress rocks i run α̲̅ couple of blogs with wordpress and it’s better than blogger

  34. Michael says:

    I like WordPress 3.2! I think its great! The new design is good and the speed is great! Gotta love when they make software lighter and faster to use. That’s the one thing I hate about some software. If I can think faster than the software can load that is annoying. With this new software I can navigate around quickly and easy.

    Good work on updating the software Matt!

  35. Optimizations to WP_Filesystem — Updates over FTP are now much quicker and less error prone….

  36. Mona says:

    Hi, I came here through with keyword-how are you 🙂

  37. Forex News says:

    It sounds great for the WordPress 3.2 released. I am a newbie blogger and keen to learn everything about WordPress. I will try to update my WordPress later on.

  38. its really nice updated version works well then previous version love to have it for my blog

  39. arun says:

    I am loving it! this is the one word I can tell about WordPress 3.2

  40. i love wordpress because it can be easily accessable cms

  41. Technary says:

    Its good in wordpress 3.2 But i will go with your suggestions for making it as great as of the previous version.

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