WordPress 3.2 has just been released. It comes with some features that require new PHP and MySQL version requirements.
As of 3.2, you’ll need to be running PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. As we mentioned almost a year ago when we announced that this change was coming, the percentage of people running older versions of PHP and MySQL is relatively low. With more than 45 million people using WordPress, though, even a small percentage can mean a lot of people! Don’t caught with your pants dashboard down — make sure you’re running compatible versions of PHP and MySQL before you update tomorrow when WordPress 3.2 is released.
The WordPress teams suggests that if you don’t know your PHP or MySQL versions or just want to make sure, you can use the Health Check plugin. The plugin will run immediately upon activation and display a message box with the results. My results were like so:
Excellent: Your server is running PHP version 5.2.17 and MySQL version 5.0.91 which will be great for WordPress 3.2 onward.
My host, 1and1, appeared to be running an older version of PHP, but it’s not. 5.2.4 is a lesser version that 5.2.17, so it’s actually quite capable. Had this not worked though, I might have had to try my special 1and1-hack to enable PHP 5.3-support.
I’ve been testing WordPress 3.2 for the last three weeks and I love it. The Distraction Free Writing mode is awesome and the refined Administration pages look sleek and up-to-date. Of course, those are just some of the updates. There are more and they are certainly worth upgrading for.