WordPress 3.8 updates

WordPress 3.8 updates

Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We hope you’ll think this is the most beautiful update yet.

Introducing a modern new design


WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!


Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality


WordPress just got a colorful new update. We’ve included eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, we’ve worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is our most intrepid default theme yet.

Beginning of a new era

This release was led by Matt Mullenweg. This is our second release using the new plugin-first development process, with a much shorter timeframe than in the past. We think it’s been going great. You can check out the features currently in production on the make/core blog.

There are 188 contributors with props in this release:

Aaron HolbrookAaron JorbinadamsilversteinadmiralthrawnAlexander Hoereth,Amy Hendrix (sabreuse)Andrew NacinAndrew OzzAndrey KabakchievAndy PeatlingAnkit GadeAnton TimmermansArkadiusz RzadkowolskiAubrey PortwoodbassgangBen DunkleBilly (bananastalktome)binarymoonBrady VercherBrandon KraftBrian RichardsBryan PettyCalin DonCarl Danley,Caroline MooreCaspieChris JeanClinton MontagueCorphiDan Bernardic,Daniel DudzicdatafeedrcomDave WhitleyDion HulseDominik Schilling (ocean90)Doug WollisonDrew JaynesdziudekEric Andrew LewisErick HitterEric MannEvan SolomonFaisonFrank KleinGary JonesGary PendergastGennady KovsheninGeorge Stephanisgnarf37Gregory KarpinskyhanniHelen Hou-Sandi,Ian DunnIpstenu (Mika Epstein)Isaac KeyetJ.D. GrimesJack Lenoxjanhenckens,Jeff BowenJeff ChandlerJen MyloJeremy BullerJeremy FeltJeremy HerveJeremy PryJesper Johansen (jayjdk)jhnedjim912Joan ArtesJoe DolsonJoen Asmussen,John BlackbournJohn FishJohn James JacobyJon CaveJoost de ValkJoshua AbenazerJunko NukagaJustin de VesineJustin SaintonK.Adam WhiteKailey (trepmal)Kat HaganKelly DwanKim ParsellKirk WightKonstantin Dankov,Konstantin KovsheninKonstantin ObenlandKrzysiek DrozdzLance WillettLee Willislessbloatlite3littlethingsstudioLucPLutz SchroerMakoMark Jaquith,Mark McWilliamsMarko HeijnenMatias VenturaMatthew DentonMatthew Haines-YoungMatt MullenwegMatt ThomasMatt Wiebemegane9988Mel ChoycemicahwaveMichael CainMichelMichelle LangstonMike BurnsMike HansenMike LittleMike SchroderMilan Dinicmitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine),Morgan Estesmoto hachiNaoko Takanoneil_pieNick DaughertyNick Halsey,Nikolay BachiyskininioninnypantsnofearincNowell VanHoesenodyssey,OriginalEXEPascal BirchlerPaul de WouterspavelevapPeter WestwoodPtah DunbarRaam DevrachelbakerRachel CardenRadicesRam Ratan Maurya,Remkus de VriesRescuework SupportRicky Lee WhittemoreRobert DallRobert Wetzlmayr, PHP-ProgrammiererRodrigo PrimoRyan BorenSamuel Wood (Otto),sanchothefatsboisvertScott BasgaardScott ReillyScott TaylorscribuSean HayesSergey BiryukovshaunandrewsSheri Bigelow (designsimply)ShinichiN,Simon WheatleySiobhanSiobhan Bamber (siobhyb)sirbrilligsolarissmoke,Stephen EdgarStephen HarrisSteven WordTakashi IrieTakayuki Miyauchi,Takuma MorikawaThomas GuillottierraTill KrussTLA MediaTobiasBg,tommcfarlinTorsten LandsiedelTracy RottontrishasalasTyler SmithUlrich,VladimirWeston RuterYoav Farhiyonasy, and Zack Tollman. Also thanks to Ben Morrison and Christine Webb for help with the video.

Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 3.9!

About Jeremy Broekman

As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, start-up and nonprofit C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads summits and seminars that show professionals how to launch successful marketing campaigns and manage effective promotions. He coaches and consults teams and individuals in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. His presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing teams how to overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision. Jeremy draws on his experience at Universal Television and Xerox Corporation to train senior managers of Fortune 500 companies.

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