WordPress 3.3

Our friends at WordPress have released Version 3.3, aka “Sonny,” — named to honor the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Check out the highlights below, but take care to read this entire article for directions on upgrading. This is another great update that you won’t want to miss.


  • New drag-and-drop uploader.
  • Hover menus for the navigation.
  • New toolbar.
  • Improved co-editing support.
  • New Tumblr importer.
  • Friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface.
  • Improved dashboard experience for the iPad and other tablets with touch support.
  • Check out the full story on the 3.3 Codex Page, or read the WordPress News

Important Requirements!

  • PHP 5.2.4 or higher
  • MySQL 5.0.15 or greater

How do I update?

In order to update to WordPress 3.3 your site needs to be running at least PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0.14. Don’t know what those are? No problem.

  1. To make sure you’re using the latest version of PHP 5, follow these instructions. Any new site created on your (gs) will use the latest stable version of PHP (5.3+), but older sites might be running a lesser, incompatible version and these will need to be updated before installing WordPress 3.3.
  2. Sites that are on (gs) Clusters 4,5,6,7,8 or 9 are already using MySQL 5. Some (gs) Grid-Service sites that use MySQL containers on Clusters 1, 2 or 3 may need to upgrade their databases. First, find out what Cluster your (gs) resides on. From there, you can discover what version of MySQL you are using inside of PHPMyAdmin. If you need to upgrade, please enter a support request from your AccountCenter.
  3. (mt) users who already have WordPress, you can update using your wp-admin panel.
  4. If you don’t have WordPress installed on your (mt) server just yet, we provide a 1-Click installer in the AccountCenter for (gs) users, and (dv) users can install from their Application Catalog.

We’d love to help if you have any questions. Feel free to call us at (877) 578-4000 for support.