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!
The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.
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.
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
We 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
The 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
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, Alex Shiels, Allan Collins, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrey Kabakchiev, Andy Keith, Andy Peatling, Ankit Gade, Anton Timmermans, Arkadiusz Rzadkowolski, Aubrey Portwood, avryl, bassgang, Ben Dunkle, Billy Schneider, 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, dziudek, edik, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Mann, Erick Hitter, Evan Solomon, Faison, fboender, Frank Klein, Fumito MIZUNO, 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, Jan Henckens, janrenn, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Chandler, 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, Kelly Dwan, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, Konstantin Dankov, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Krzysiek Dróżdż, Lance Willett, Lee Willis, lite3, LucP, Lutz Schröer, Mako, 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, morganestes, moto hachi ( mt8.biz ), Naoko Takano, Neil Pie, Nick Daugherty, Nick Halsey, Nikolay Bachiyski, ninio, ninnypants, nivijah, Nowell VanHoesen, odyssey, OriginalEXE, Pascal Birchler, Paul de Wouters, pavelevap, Payton Swick, Peter Westwood, Philipp Cordes, Piet Bos, Pirate Dunbar, raamdev, Rachel Baker, Rachel Carden, Radices, Ram Ratan Maurya, Remkus de Vries, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Dall, Robert Wetzlmayr, PHP-Programmierer, Rodrigo Primo, Ryan Boren, Samir Shah, Samuel Wood, sanchothefat, Scott Basgaard, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sergey Biryukov, Shaun Andrews, Shinichi Nishikawa, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb), Stéphane Boisvert, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Takuma Morikawa, Thomas Guillot, tierra, Till Krüss, TLA Media, TobiasBg, tomdxw, tommcfarlin, Torsten Landsiedel, Tracy Rotton, Trisha Salas, Tyler Smith, Ulrich, undergroundnetwork, Vladimir Tufekchiev, Weston Ruter, Yoav Farhi, yonasy, Yuri Victor, 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!