WordPress 3.8 “Parker”

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 Holbrook · Aaron Jorbin · Adam Silverstein · admiralthrawn · Alex · Allan Collins · Amy Hendrix (sabreuse) · Andrew Nacin · Andrew Ozz · Andrey Kabakchiev · Andy Keith · Andy Peatling · Ankit Gade · Anton Timmermans · Arkadiusz Rzadkowolski · Aubrey Portwood · avryl · Ben Dunkle · Billy S · binarymoon · Brady Vercher · Bram Duvigneau · Brandon Kraft · Brian Richards · Bryan Petty · Calin Don · Carl Danley · Caroline Moore · Caspie · Chris Jean · Clinton Montague · Connor Jennings · Dan Bernardic · danieldudzic · Daryl Koopersmith · datafeedr · Dave Martin · Dave Whitley · designsimply · DH-Shredder · Dion Hulse · Dominik Schilling · Doug Wollison · Drew Jaynes · edik · Eric Andrew Lewis · Eric Mann · Erick Hitter · Evan Solomon · Faison · fboender · Frank Klein · Gary Jones · Gary Pendergast · Gennady Kovshenin · George Stephanis · gnarf37 · gradyetc · Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet) · hanni · Helen Hou-Sandi · Ian Dunn · Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) · Isaac Keyet · J.D. Grimes · Jack Lenox · janhenckens · janrenn · Jeff Bowen · Jeffro · Jen · Jeremy Buller · Jeremy Felt · Jeremy Herve · Jeremy Pry · Jesper Johansen (jayjdk) · jhned · jim912 · Joan Artes · Joe Dolson · Joen Asmussen · John Blackbourn · John Fish · John James Jacoby · Jon Cave · Joost de Valk · Joshua Abenazer · Junko Nukaga · Justin de Vesine · Justin Sainton · K. Adam White · Kailey (trepmal) · Kat Hagan · Kate Whitley · Kazuto Takeshita · Kelly Dwan · Kim Parsell · Kirk Wight · Konstantin Dankov · Konstantin Kovshenin · Konstantin Obenland · Krzysiek Dróżdż · Lance Willett · latz · Lee Willis · lite3 · LucP · Mako · mallorydxw-old · Mario Peshev · Mark Jaquith · Mark McWilliams · Marko Heijnen · Matt Mullenweg · Matt Thomas · Matt Wiebe · Matthew Denton · Matthew Haines-Young · mattonomics · Matías Ventura · megane9988 · Mel Choyce · micahwave · Michael Cain · Michael Erlewine · Michel – xiligroup dev · Michelle Langston · Mike Hansen · Mike Little · Milan Dinić · Mohammad Jangda · Morgan Estes · Naoko Takano · Neil Pie · Nick Daugherty · Nick Halsey · Nikolay Bachiyski · ninio · nivijah · Nowell VanHoesen · odyssey · OriginalEXE · Pascal Birchler · Paul de Wouters · Paul Vincent Beigang · pavelevap · Payton Swick · Peter Westwood · Philipp Cordes · Pieter Bos · Ptah Dunbar · Raam Dev · Rachel Baker · Rachel Cherry · Radices · Ram Ratan Maurya · Remkus de Vries · Ricky Lee Whittemore · Robert Dall · Robert O’Rourke · Robert Wetzlmayr · Rodrigo Primo · Ryan Boren · Samir Shah · Samuel Wood · Scott Basgaard · Scott Reilly · Scott Taylor · scribu · Sean Hayes · Sergey Biryukov · Shaun Andrews · ShinichiN · Simon Wheatley · Siobhan · Siobhan · Stéphane Boisvert · Stephen Edgar · Stephen Harris · Steven Word · Takashi Irie · Takayuki Miyauchi · Takuma Morikawa · Tellyworth · Thomas Guillot · tierra · Till Krüss · TLA Media · TobiasBg · Tomasz Dziuda · tommcfarlin · Torsten Landsiedel · Tracy Rotton · Trisha Salas · Tyler Smith · Tyrel Kelsey · Ulrich · undergroundnetwork · Vladimir Tufekchiev · Weston Ruter · Yoav Farhi · yonasy · Yuri Victor · Zack Tollman · 水野史土

Also thanks to Ben Morrison and Christine Webb for help with the video.

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

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