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  • Just updated from 3.7.1 to 3.8
    I don’t like new dashboard design, thus it lags in my opera browser.
    Is there any way to return my dashboard to “old-like” design?

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  • Jeff Chandler


    Volunteer Moderator and Voice of WP

    No. You can not easily restore the old WordPress backend design. Can you describe how the new design lags your opera browser?

    It loads to browser, then it takes aprox 1-2 seconds to render a page “to be ready” (it freezes), and when I try to scroll a page it lags again ~1 sec, and after all it works smoothly until I refresh it.

    And about design – it’s too plain and dull on gray custom theme and too contrast on default black theme. And anyway it’s “metro-like” style for mobile devices (like win8 design), not for desktops.

    And I don’t suppose to return to exactly same old design, but at least to something that looks similar.

    Jeff Chandler


    Volunteer Moderator and Voice of WP

    WordPress 3.8 comes with 8 different admin color schemes to choose from. If you visit your user profile, you’ll be able to select a different one. See if there is one that looks better. If none of those color styles are to your liking, try this plugin which has a bunch of other color schemes.

    Have you tried disabling all plugins and then monitoring the performance of the new design in Opera?

    Disabled adblock, works more smoothly but still not perfect. Well… I suppose it’s because I use old classic Opera 12.16, and it have problems with new CSS, Frames, etc. I suppose new separate frames for left panel and main content is the main lag reason.

    Tried that plugin, it have limited number of themes and do not allow to choose own colors. Can I customize my own colors for dashboard?

    Jeff Chandler


    Volunteer Moderator and Voice of WP

    As far as I know, there is not a plugin that allows a user defined color scheme for the admin but I imagine someone is already working on one.

    Still don’t happy with new design and I’ll see what I can do with it.
    But… thank you for your time and your answers.

    I hate the new Contrast on the left sidebar. I cannot read it – it’s always hard to see white text on black background if you wear glasses or have eyes that are older that 40 years.

    How many of your designers have eyes older than 40 years??

    How can I get a light background with black text on my left side menu so I can read it??

    OK I went to My User Profile and you have a ‘light’ version – it will do.

    I still prefer the old design.

    Why is it that websites and companies think they have to keep changing everything. Why? Is it because you employ designers who get paid and need something to justify their wages. If something works well, why change it, especially when it must cost you millions – all wasted and all unnecessary.

    Or maybe it’s your marketers or sales team who have to keep coming up with new ideas to justify their employment?


    You might want to take a read of this about page:

    in particular this bit:

    Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

    There are no marketers or sales team, it’s just people working for the community without payment for the love of the project. Fancy that huh!

    What does the new dashboard look like?

    Alright wpmember, now I have the Light version it is ok, but why keep changing the design when the old one was fine? Old is not always bad – e.g. me for example πŸ™‚

    It’s not just wordpress, in my neck of the woods it’s mainly banks – every couple of months they ‘improve’ their design and it is never ‘better’ it’s only different and usually worse.

    I appreciate the work that goes into it, but why? It must cost money. Improving security is great, and giving people choice is a bonus, especially if you use the dreaded white text on black background – or grey text on black background is even worse.

    I could be biased (of course) but the main design goal should be that you can read it, and that is easy to navigate and use. Bright colors are distracting, and flashy gizmos are un-necessary – again that is just my view. Keeping it simple is always good.

    I do love wordpress though – no doubt about that! πŸ™‚

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