WordPress 3.7 was released this October and a new version 3.8 is announced so soon with some visual changes to the update. WordPress 3.7 had some behind the scene performance improvement and automatic update feature but had no visual change. Following are the features noticed in the new beta version.

New minimalistic “Flat-UI” admin interface with color schemes

Today, the beta version of WordPress 3.8 is released, concentrating on a new admin interface and customizability. The visual change is seen in terms of “new color schemes” to the admin interface and no complete overhaul to the experience. In this version, users can choose between different predefined color schemes for their admin interface. This feature is really good and and gives a fresh view to the admin panel. The admin interface is informed to be responsive suiting mobile device screens.

Also, folks at WordPress have created a plugin called MP6 ( doesn’t stand for anything ) which changes the admin interface. This is made for developers to work and debug with the change.

The following screenshots were taken in WordPress.com site which is running in WordPress 3.8

Admin interface screenshots

New default theme Twenty Fourteen

This is also a cool addition to the change. I personally not a fan of the current twenty thirteen theme. It doesn’t suit all type of people. But the new theme is really good featuring various design standards and has a new layout. The theme is lot more rich and looks more premium compared to the previous ones. Try the live demo here.

Twenty fourteen theme

Twenty fourteen theme

Other features

  • Friendlier and easier widget choosing page
  • Better live preview of themes.
  • Less bloated dashboard (looks good !)
  • Over 250 issues which were informed are now fixed.

List of all bug fixed in the new version

The final and the stable version (v3.8) is informed to be released on December 12th.

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