What’s new in WordPress 3.8

In this article we are going to take a look at the new features of the recently released version of WordPress 3.8.

As a reference, this version was released on the 12th December 2013.

At a first glance it seems that 3.8 is just an overhaul of the User Interface (UI)

But in truth it is much more than that.

Aside from the new look WordPress dashboard, WordPress 3.8 also upgrades the following features.

  • On opening or upgrading to WordPress 3.8, you arrive at the new Welcome Screen which gives an overview of what has changed, and there are some really cool things to look at.
  • For the first time, the dashboard is fully responsive, giving it a clean look on almost any tablet, mobile, laptop or desktop.
  • The new look dashboard uses font icons in place of images, images have previously been used in the editor and in the contextual menu on the left hand side, these new icons look crisp and clear, even on hi res screens such as Retina iPads.
  • Also the dashboard includes 8 different colour schemes, allowing you to change the look and feel of your personal user experience.
    • Default
    • Blue
    • (New) Light
    • (New) Coffee
    • (New) Ectoplasm
    • (New) Midnight
    • (New) Ocean
    • (New) Sunrise
    • The Themes page has had a makeover to bring it up to speed with the new dashboard design.
    • The theme preview has been upgraded to borrow the styling from the customiser to give you a more consistent experience.
    • The Widget section has also been overhauled. Simply bty clicking on any of the available widgets allows to assign which widgetised area or sidebar that widget should appear in. The drag and drop functionality still work in the same way it did before.
    • Finally, the new WordPress 2014 theme has been released with the 3.8 release.

For a really cool video from Morten Rand-Hendriksen of Lynda.com that details the new features of WordPress 3.8 CLICK HERE

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