WordPress just released version 3.8 today, I will try and give some thoughts and feelings that I got on first glance after update.
On first glance my whole dashboard changed from backgrounds with borders separating everything into one colour so everything looked like it was connected, it “shocked” me at first because this change was really massive on the eye. However I started reading the updates on the presentation page as usual and after a small amount of scrolling I saw they added more colour choices, this was brilliant considering the older version had 2 colours, and one of them just looked hideous to me.
The image above displays the different colour choices, I personally use the midnight one because it’s a mixture between a soft gray and soft red, really smooth and works like a charm. It doesn’t sore the eye or gets in the way either, appealing!
The front page for the dashboard changed a bit as well, it looks better now and more customization not filling up too much with the default settings, so it’s a great improvement in version 3.8.
A new theme!
WordPress 3.8 of course comes with the next theme in line for us, the amazing 2014 them to strike they new year once again, I haven’t had the change to test this yet sadly. I removed my local WordPress installation to test this however it seems like it fits with the new Dashboard UI pretty well! – However I am not a big fan of the default theme choice for WordPress, I like to find one and customize it for my needs!
Is it for the better?
WordPress 3.8 definitely looks like a break through, it keeps updated with today’s web design and follows it pretty nicely without changing too much. All features are the same accept for new features that we all like. So don’t worry if you think this update will break anything for you. Also I would highly recommend getting this update because of:
- Better UI.
- Smoother and more customization features.
- New 2014 theme included.
- And of course improvement in the code as always.
I’m surprised with this update, I can’t wait to see what 3.9 will bring us. I have a feeling not much will happen for a while since a UI change is a big deal!