Good news is that WordPress 3.2 is released today. Bad news is that get ready for chaos.
Before you upgrade your WordPress blog to latest 3.2 version make sure to check your server environment.
WordPress 3.2 needs PHP 5.2.4 or greater and MySQL 5.0 or greater.
Luckily I had already PHP 5.0+ and MySQL 5.0+ so I didn’t have to worry about PHP and MySQL upgrade which is a tedious task.
First I tested WordPress 3.2 upgrade on a not so popular blog and upgrade went through very well.
Next I tried this blog to WordPress 3.2 and it also went through well but after returning to Admin I see that Admin left column has disappeared.
First I thought it might be cache stuff but cleaning cache didn’t work.
Then I thought it might have been browser issue so I checked on other browsers and still same problem.
While I solve this problem I decided to write about it so that anyone having similar issues might be benefited.
I’m yet to find a solution, keep tuned.
Ok I’ve narrowed down the problem to some plugins as I expected.
First I disabled all plugins, and enabled them one by one to narrow down in the problematic plugins.
Since you can’t see the left menu you might be wondering how to go to Admin plugin page. To go to Plugin page add /wp-admin/plugins.php after your blog url and you will be on plugins page.
From here click on the top checkbox to select all plugins and select Deactivate to deactivate all plugins.
The problematic plugin is WP Insert.
I use WP Insert plugin on a lot of website to insert adverts in the middle of post and this is the best plugin for this purpose. Let’s see when WP Insert plugin developers release an upgrade for WorPress 3.2.
Here is the ultimate solution
Upgrade the plugin
Hit CTRL+F5 in Chrome/Firefox/IE to refresh the page. If it doesn’t work one time then press CTRL key and keep hitting F5 several time.
If CTRL+F5 doesn’t help then clean browser cache and WordPress 3.2 Admin Menu will be back again.