WordPress 3.8

You may have noticed a change to the admin area when you logged into Faculty Websites. We have recently updated to the latest release of WordPress, 3.8.

3.8 Dashboard

3.8 Dashboard

Admin Area Refresh

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a new look to the entire admin dashboard. The new design moves towards a cleaner, more simple design with a new typeface and bolder colors. The goal is to make it more legible and easier to use. It is designed to adapt to different size screens, so it should work well on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

You also get more options to change the color scheme of the admin area. If you don’t like the default colors, you can try another style. WordPress now has eight color schemes.

  1. Go to Howdy, [your name] in the top right admin toolbar and select Edit My Profile.
    Howdy - Edit My Profile
  2. Select one of the other Admin Color Schemes to preview the color change.
    Admin Color Scheme
  3. When you find one you like, click Update Profile at the bottom of the page.

Revised Theme Management

It is now easier to preview and select themes. Hover over the available themes to see more details, get a live preview, or activate the theme. While viewing more details, you can click the arrows or use your keyboard arrows to view details on each of the available themes.

3.8 Theme ChooserTheme Details

Improved Widget Management

The drag and drop widget experience can be tricky. WordPress 3.8 makes widget management easier by allowing you to choose the widget area without dragging and dropping. That option is still available, but you can now choose the widget area from a drop down and click a button to add the widget.

Widget Management

New WordPress Theme – Twenty Fourteen

3.8 also came with the release of a new WordPress designed theme called Twenty Fourteen. Twenty Fourteen is a mobile friendly, responsive design that works well for magazine style sites. You can choose a grid or slider to display featured content on your homepage. It includes three widget areas and two page templates.

Twenty Fourteen Theme