Having beta-tested the forthcoming release of WordPress, the focus is very much on “faster, lighter” so we won’t see as much of a difference as last time to what you work with (I hear that sigh of relief from those of you only just getting used to the new toys we were given earlier in the year).
One important thing that you do need to prepare for is that WordPress 3.2 requires your hosting to run MySQL 5 and PHP 5.2.4 as a minimum.
This is the behind the scenes gubbins that your hosting server needs so that your WordPress works. So we need to know if that the server is nicely up-to-date before we try updating with the new WordPress when it is released (soon, soon).
You can either ask your hosts directly – simply saying “I’m using WordPress and the next release will need MySQL 5 and PHP 5.2.4 – please confirm that my hosting includes this” or you can check yourself using a plugin called Health Check and the screencast below shows you how to install and use this.
There will be speed improvements to the next WordPress – that seems to be the main focus with this new release – faster and leaner. We’ll post further when it’s out and prepare you to update…
And of course there will be some shiny things too but we’ll introduce you to those later. For now check your hosting to see if it’s up to the task. Or if you’re unsure, pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check for you.