Are You Ready for WordPress 3.2?

WordPress support for PHP 4, MySQL 4 and Internet Explorer 6 to end


WordPress News – Announcement

The popular blogging platform WordPress have announced on their official blog the end of support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4 in the near future.

WordPress 3.2 is going to be released very soon, and will require PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0.

The popular blogging platform WordPress have announced on their official blog on July 3, 2011 about this requirement.

WordPress News:
Are You Ready for WordPress 3.2?
WordPress 3.2 is going to be released very soon, and we want you to be ready! Take note: the minimum requirements are changing.
Read the full story on WordPress Blog

WordPress had mentioned almost a year ago when they announced that this change was coming, the percentage of people running older versions of PHP and MySQL is relatively low.

I had published that on my blog on July 26, 2010 to alert my readers about the change:

Did You Miss Out?
WordPress Support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4 to End
Start planning upgrade to WordPress 3.2


As of 3.2, you will need to be running PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. Don’t caught with your pants dashboard down — Make sure you’re running compatible versions of PHP and MySQL before you update when WordPress 3.2 is released.

Log in to your hosting account, and check to make sure you have at least PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. Most of the major hosts already default to these or newer versions, but there are some exceptions.

You can find out if you are ready for 3.2 with the Health Check plugin.

Health Check Plugin

WordPress users will not be able to upgrade to WordPress 3.2 if their hosting environment does not meet these requirements. WordPress have created the Health Check plugin to determine which versions your web host provides. Right now, Health Check will only tell you if you are ready for WordPress 3.2. In a future release it will provide all sorts of useful information about your server and your WordPress install. It is advisable to install this plugin!

Install the Health Check plugin to see if you are ready!

Health Check Plugin

Once I installed the plugin and activated it, I got the following message:

Excellent: Your server is running PHP version 5.2.17 and MySQL version 5.1.56 which will be great for WordPress 3.2 onward.

IE6 and Outdated Browsers

With 3.2, WordPress is also dropping support for Internet Explorer 6, a 10-years-old outdated browser that even Microsoft is ready to leave behind. From now on, if you access your WordPress dashboard from an outdated browser, WordPress will let you know.

If your browser is out of date, you will see a friendly orangey-yellow box in your dashboard letting you know you a newer version is available. If you are using IE6, though, the box will be red, and your dashboard will not function properly.

Did You Miss Out?
Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
Microsoft launches IE6 countdown website to say farewell to IE6!
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Admin/Author Admin/Author: Subrato Paul, owner of GoldenTwine Informatics founded in April 2003, lives in Kolkata, India. He is a freelance website designer, Internet marketer, social media enthusiast, and blogger. He writes in his blogs and as a guest writer about marketing and social media, eCommerce, website design and development, and his website.
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