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  • Second topic about wordpress admin panel design. First one was removed. May be, it’s not a feedback forum? Oh, no, it is. Then why?

    So, those were the most negitive impressions for my six years of using and coding for wordpress.

    Hello, design from just-after-millenuum. Ugly fonts, dark and eyes-wrestling navigation… And I clearly remember that there was a plugin for wordpress 2.x which made admin area look exactly same.

    Oh, here it is.


    But this old plugin looks better then wordpress looks now.

    What’s with new clean style of navigation from Google and Apple? Why did you return to design 5 years older?

    Please return admin style from 3.7 and leave this “design” in this plugin –

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  • Oh, I also don’t like the 3.8 admin style.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Volunteer support

    @robert Heller, see Olympa’s response regarding customising the dashboard

    Andrew … not suggesting customisable colours – the point is, fixed colour schemes are pointless because they can never be the right combination – one of the reasons I don’t use ‘standard’ WordPress themes.

    You are joking about using the browser zoom? So, WordPress (and all who sail in her) think zooming in and out when going from Dashboard to viewing site to building the site (in Headway) and back is a good idea? And it isn’t a good idea to be able to set it up just the once?

    Is it a generational thing? After 35 years in IT (I started young!) I understand the quickest way to get somewhere/do something is with the fewest mouse-clicks/key presses. Does no one else know this?

    There is too much change for the sake of just being different (and not enough progress), with no thought for people who want to stick with what they had before. Microsoft haven’t learned yet (even with the backtracking in Windows 8), and that’s why Windows XP is still on more PCs in the UK than either Vista or Win8.

    It’s the lack of thought which bugs me most.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Volunteer support

    You are joking about using the browser zoom? So, WordPress (and all who sail in her) think zooming in and out when going from Dashboard to viewing site to building the site (in Headway) and back is a good idea?

    People use their browser zoom all the time, there’s no way software can set their font size to be readable for everyone. This level of customisation has been developed through browsers because of this problem.

    Browser zoom in relation to your issue with too much “scrolling up and down” can be easily resolved by zooming out and is something you can do right now.

    @andrew “see Olympa’s response regarding customising the dashboard…” — this does not fix the multiple columns on the dashboard. I’ve already loaded the plugin to fixed the ‘colors’ (wp-admin classic), now I want to fix the [stupid] ‘responsive’ (so called) Dashboard widget multiple-column, like it or NOT, disaster. Where do I hack that? I want to set it for any size == mobile device and get 1 column no matter how wide my screen is.

    Awaiting a 3.8.1 release that fixes all of this nonsense…

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Volunteer support

    @robert Heller, I was referring to Olympa’s technique to modify the appearance of the dashboard, not the specific CSS. If you need CSS support try a CSS forum like CSSCreator: .

    BTW: I’ve updated only one of my sites and will hold off updating the rest until 3.8.1, assuming 3.8.1 fixes the (many) problems.

    What problems?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Volunteer support

    @robert Heller, this should help you – If you need further support you should create a thread in the “How-to” forum.

    I’m agree, current design is a step backward and not user friendly.
    For those who want to return classic ui:

    Current “mobile-like” style is not comfortable, it’s very plain and ugly for desktop users. It’s remind me google analytics design… and anything else but certainly not WP as I new it and get used to it for years.

    Well stuff come and go. Sometimes it’s almost funny with all the trends that totally take over for a while. Right now flat and square it the hot sh*t and so says everybody…

    I have no problem with flat design per se, I use it just like everybody else, if seldom as drastically as the strongest proponents.

    I DO have problems with the trend of using too large type. Not that large type is bad, just that it is bad if you go larger than what is helpful in context.

    3.8 looked “wrong” and “crowded” for some reason, playing around a bit I found that if I took the font-sizes down just a tad, it became more restful. Mileage may vary, some may think 14px is the new 13px, more power to them.

    For those who’d like to have somewhat smaller fonts in the menu and some other elements, try this for a plugin, fiddle around with the styles to your hearts content:

    Plugin Name: Fix Admin CSS
    function admin_css_fix() {
    <style type="text/css">
    .tablenav .tablenav-pages a {
    	padding: 3px 10px 3px;
    	line-height: 30px;
    	font-size: 12px;
    	font-weight: 600;
    	border: 1px solid #d3d3d3;
    #adminmenu, #adminmenu .wp-submenu-head, strong, td.plugin-title strong, strong a.row-title {
    	font-size: 13px !important;
    #adminmenu .wp-submenu a {
    	font-size: 12px;
    add_action( 'admin_head', 'admin_css_fix' );

    The welcome page said this was to be the “most beautiful”, I find it quite unattractive. The dark theme bothered my eyes, I’m still seeing spots even now. I changed it to the light theme and it’s still horribly ugly and extremely boring. I wish there was a way to use the old interface. I liked it enough to use it for a platform for my webiste. If I’d seen this version of dashboard, I may have chosen something else. I’m extremely dissatisfied.

    Change it back please.



    Forum Moderator

    You CAN use the old interface –

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Volunteer support

    In case anyone’s missed it, you can use a plugin to revert to the old appearance:

    Okay, that plugin worked awesome! Got the old look back!

    The thing with changes, well, it changes things. Things change too much, too fast in this life. Sometimes you just like the old familiar things to make all the rest of the changes we HAVE to put up with tolerable.

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