WordPress 3.8: What’s New

wordpress 3.8: what's new

WordPress have been rolling out updates quite rapidly in recent times, with yet another release (3.8) going live a few days ago. Codenamed 'Parker' in honor of Charlie Parker, this release focuses on the aesthetics and usability of the WordPress Dashboard. I'm sure this release will be praised by many developers and designers and with the new responsiveness it's sure to please mobile WordPress users as well.

The new Dashboard

wordpress 3.8 dashboard

Parker brings the WordPress Dashboard into a modern and familiar 'flat design' – akin to the UI updates recently seen from Windows Mobile, Android and iOS 7 from Apple. Leaving the dull grey-on-grey colours behind, Parker provides multiple easy to decipher colour themes. But it's not just about looks and contrast, the new Dashboard also focuses on readability. With brand new Open Sans typefaces, typing and editing has become easier and cleaner for both desktop and mobile.


wordpress 3.8 mobile dashboard

Parker's change is unapologetically dramatic for mobile users. With a new responsive backend you'll admire an identical WordPress Dashboard on your desktop, tablet and mobile. Super admins can now successfully run their sites on any device from anywhere in the world.

New Twenty Fourteen Theme

wordpress twenty fourteen theme preview

To complement the Dashboard change, WordPress developed the brand new Twenty Fourteen Theme. Bloggers will love the magazine layout, with a solid responsive backbone. We can't wait to see how our developers will adapt, reuse and redesign it!

How do I update to WordPress 3.8?

Updating WordPress is designed to be as easy as possible, but don't jump on the upgrade button too soon. The first step before any major software update is to ensure you have a complete backup.

Support Article: Updating WordPress →

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Tim Butler

With over 20 years experience in IT, I have worked with systems scaling to tens of thousands of simultaneous users. My current role involves providing highly available, high performance web and infrastructure solutions for small businesses through to government departments. NGINX Cookbook author.

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