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WordPress 3.2 Beta 1 Released

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Jane Wells yesterday announced the first beta release of WordPress 3.2. As I showed on Sunday, WordPress 3.2 brings some fantastic new features such as Distraction Free Writing Mode, a new admin interface and a brand new default theme (entitled Twenty Eleven).

Another big change is that Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported by the platform. Those who use an outdated browser will also see a message in their dashboard that encourages them to upgrade.

I have been particularly impressed with the new default theme Twenty Eleven. It has a very clean design and comes in white and black; which can be selected through the theme option page. In the option area you can also set your sidebar on the left or right or remove it altogether; and the default link colour can be changed too.

Twenty Eleven Admin Area

I do not recommend using the beta version on a live site as there are still some bugs though if you have time you may want to test it out in your WordPress test area. The file can be downloaded from the link below.

If you do take the time to test it out, please post your view on the new features below :)


Link: WordPress 3.2, Beta 1

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Comment by WordPress 3.2 Release Candidate Now Available For Download says:

[…] the beta release last month they have managed to close more than 350 bug tickets. Andrew noted that Twenty Eleven […]

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

Yes I agree. I’ve been testing it out on one of my sites and removed it because it was too big. I will be giving my first impressions of the theme over the next few days and will make sure I reference your plugin as I’m sure readers will find it useful :)

Comment by Dalton says:

The new WordPress release is looking great. I am particularly impressed with the new admin, although it’s still got a few rough edges.

I like the new Twenty Eleven theme, too, but that header image is crazy big! I came up with a quick plugin that allows you to change the size requirements of the header:

Maybe it will be useful to someone.


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