WordPress 3.2 – faster and lighter

This major release include some interesting updates, such as a redesigned admin interface and a new theme called “Twenty Eleven”…

This major release include some interesting updates, such as a redesigned admin interface and a new theme called “Twenty Eleven”. The primary focus on this update was however to make WordPress both faster and lighter. In order to accomplish that, the developers had to raise the system requirements from PHP 4.3 and MySQL 4.1.2 to PHP 5.2.4 och MySQL 5.

Among the other updates you will find:

  • Redesigned post editor with fullscreen button
  • Extended Admin bar
  • No more IE6 support
  • Incremental upgrades (=faster)
More info can be found in the 3.2 Codex and in the Trac milestone, which includes over 400 closed tickets.

“Installation failed” when upgrading WordPress? Here’s the solution

There are a number of variations on this error message, some more descriptive than others. Here’s one solution…

After a few hours of trying to find a solution to the “Installation failed” error message, when using the automatic upgrade feature in WordPress, I found this thread

There are a number of variations on this error message, some more descriptive than others. This solution will however only work when you just get “Installation failed” as the error – nothing more, nothing less. In this case it was tested on a WordPress 2.8 to WordPress 2.8.4 upgrade with WordPress installed in the website’s root folder.

The solution

The FTP account, used for the automatic upgrades, did in this case have the WordPress installation folder as it’s root folder. By moving the FTP root up one level, above the WordPress installation folder. Example:

FTP root folder – before:
/home/domains/mydomain.com/public_html/

FTP root folder – after:
/home/domains/mydomain.com/

Your web host might be able to help you out if you can’t configure this using your control panel.

Happy upgrading!