Though nothing stays still for long with WordPress, the design of your blog’s dashboard hasn’t changed much lately. While we’ve added new features and made some adjustments along the way, the dashboard has been looking forward to a refresh for some time. With that in mind, seven weeks ago, a scrappy gang of web designers and developers teamed up to explore how to do just that. We asked ourselves the question: “What should a modern version of WordPress look like?” We decided that:
- It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
- It should use webfonts for beautiful, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
- It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets and smartphones.
- It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.
We’ve drawn new icons, increased contrast and font size, and generally modernized the design from top to bottom. We’re still working on it, but you can preview it starting today! To step into the future, head over to Users → Personal Settings in your blog’s dashboard and check “Enable experimental admin design (MP6),” then Save Changes.
We’d love to have you preview the new design and let us know what you think. You can use this feedback form to send us your ideas. Since it’s a work in progress, you may see some things that don’t look quite right or aren’t working just yet. You can instantly switch back and forth between the new and old dashboard design during this test period. We’ll switch on the new design for everyone later this year.
If you host your WordPress blog elsewhere, you can preview the new design with the MP6 plugin. If you’d like to learn more about how the new design was created, or you’re a designer or developer who would like to contribute, please join us on the Make WordPress UI blog.
Apr 19th at 4:10 pm
Looks quite cool. Will test it and give you guys feedback!
Apr 19th at 4:13 pm
Yeah! I get to be lost all over again!!! Yes I agree that technology is and must always be changing and improving. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it makes it any easier. We will survive the change I am sure.
Apr 19th at 4:14 pm
Reblogged this on Ismailomar's Blog and commented:
Spurb design for superb bloggers.
Apr 19th at 4:18 pm
Just when I think I have something down pat – you change it.
Apr 19th at 4:21 pm
Reblogged this on Welcome To My World (My Life My Way ツ. My Destiny).
Apr 19th at 4:22 pm
I’ll try it. Thanks for the updates. I love WordPress
Apr 19th at 4:26 pm
Reblogged this on The Source.
Apr 19th at 4:27 pm
Wooo! I like it! I especially love the mobile theme, since I’ve been blogging a lot from my cell lately.
Apr 19th at 4:34 pm
Reblogged this on Hayden's Blog Box.
Apr 19th at 4:41 pm
This is instantly fantastic in taste, design, functionality and joy for the eye! Thanks for making a proper, beautiful, eager, aesthetic behind-the-scenes as important as what we present to the world!
Apr 19th at 5:16 pm
Looks great! Can’t wait until the new dashboard becomes a reality.
Apr 19th at 6:00 pm
From what I can see, I like it. It would be nice to get a bigger picture without the phone blocking half the picture!
Apr 19th at 6:04 pm
I tried putting it into the experimental settings. It went into a loop and locked my computer solid. FYI.
Apr 19th at 6:16 pm
it looks quite Dashy thanks for all the love n work you put into wordpress. it is appreciated
Apr 19th at 6:30 pm
I like it! Great improvement but still testing it out, I’ll let you know if I run into any issues!
Apr 19th at 6:36 pm
Looks great! Can’t wait for it to roll out for real!
Apr 19th at 6:43 pm
Looks good – except
When mousing over any link in the side-menu – all the menu text gets fainter – see image http://graphiclineweb.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/new-dashboard-wp-com.jpg
Some CSS effect – makes it harder to read especially for older and tired eyes. (Browser – Firefox 20.0.1)
Hope this is just because it’s still in-development
Otherwise very nice
Apr 19th at 6:46 pm
Can you guys possibly PUT THE *DRAFTS* to Posts ..to the SIDEBAR along with the other(s) ie..Posts, Add New etc.. no just click on DRAFTS .. constantly having to perform more clicks than necessary. just wondering .. i sure hope this is as easy as you describe .. layman may not comprehend ..
Apr 19th at 6:54 pm
Looks great. I didn’t know I could get it on my cell phone. I will add that ASAP. Thank you.
Apr 19th at 6:56 pm
Cool, can’t wait to try it out, reblogging.
Apr 19th at 6:58 pm
Hi I would like to know if it is also for people who has free wordpress..because my wordpress is free and there are not a lot of option about themas, no pluggins,
Apr 19th at 7:00 pm
This is a good example of a good change–the Dashboard has gotten a facelift, but users don’t have to adjust to a new layout or build–it’s the same dashboard, just with an updated look. Much better than the “Comments I’ve Made” change.
Apr 19th at 7:04 pm
hmmm i can’t find the personal settings for users on my dashboard. what am i missing?
Apr 19th at 7:26 pm
In my wordpress dashboard, there’s no “personal setting”
Apr 19th at 7:32 pm
Dear WordPress team, you truly impress me. I came to WordPress for my first experience as a blogger and I don’t think now I can ever blog elsewhere. You constantly look for improvements to you great service. Bravo and thank you.
Apr 19th at 7:55 pm
Hi. Looking good but I have a concern for Android devices using the app. On the dashboard we can only see the notifications when landscape and not portrait. Which is a pain…also everything isnt formatting properly in portrait mode ..using galaxy s3. Duno if anyone else has come across this?
Apr 19th at 7:57 pm
Matt: Looks good so far. Suggestion: Can you add a link directly to the Dashboard from the Reader, Stats, My Blog, Freshly Pressed page? Seems like a couple of clicks are necessary to go from that page to the Dashboard – or maybe I’m missing something?
Apr 19th at 8:03 pm
“… a scrappy gang”… How I love those words! “Scrappy” might just be my favorite word in the English language. Very much looking forward to testing this new dashboard! Thank you for being awesome, WordPress.
Apr 19th at 8:31 pm
I dislike the trend of changing designs too often.
Apr 19th at 8:48 pm
I love it! It looks very nice! My only issue is that I can’t seem to find the video tutorial and the helpful links (ex: hero to zero link) that used to be at the top of the dashboard. As a new blogger, I visit them frequently. Is there somewhere else I can locate them?
Apr 19th at 8:50 pm
I tried it and I like it!
Apr 19th at 9:01 pm
Very good. Liked the solid colors and it’s still very easy to use. Keep it up!
Apr 19th at 9:15 pm
All I ask you to do is remember that all of us are not quick smart young techies…
So my best advise to you is: USE the KISS Method… keep it simple SAM.
Apr 19th at 9:28 pm
Disregard my previous question. Everything reappeared when I refreshed the site.
Apr 19th at 9:44 pm
Tried it on Nexus7, works much better than the previous dashboard. For my mobile is the app a better choice.
Apr 19th at 10:13 pm
Reblogged this on Satwinder Rathore and commented:
WordPress New Dashboard
Apr 19th at 10:20 pm
I am visually challenged. I make mistakes I cannot detect and that combined with false pride suppresses my commenting. Please forgive me, in advance ,if there are typos in this comment.
The contrast and readability is much improved.
The clutter has been reduced.
There is a sporadic lag time when loading Admin pages but a left click anywhere on the page while it’s loading brings it up instantly.
I’m giving this dashboard makeover a thumbs up. I’m grateful to those who have improved my blogging experience by undertaking this task. Thank you.
What I am seeking now is a reliable way of gauging audience growth, as the current situation of not being able to vet followers before they follow my blog is frustrating, and there is no other reliable means of judging how many followers my content is attracting.
Apr 19th at 10:37 pm
Ah, uncluttered – I like the notion. In my blog at least, if I can’t manage it in my life.
I like the black tone, too. It’s solid.
Apr 19th at 10:51 pm
I like it! Are there any significant changes, or is just a new look?
Apr 20th at 12:02 am
I like the color scheme and organizational flow; however, the increased text size—which will be a boon to small-screen devices or the visually impaired—is way too big on my 21″ 1080p monitor. Is there an option to maintain the new look while maintaining the experimental settings and theme? Thanks!
Apr 20th at 12:04 am
P.S. Oops, didn’t proofread; that should read “…to reduce the text size while maintaining the experimental…”
Apr 20th at 12:49 am
I do all my computing + photo blogging by phone, on 3 gigs a month data plan. Your new mobile update/ re-do is horrible.
Apr 20th at 12:58 am
Looks very nice! I second the suggestion to add “drafts” to the posts flyout or come up with some ingenious UI that would let me get at drafts, published posts, and scheduled posts without having to click “all posts” and then click again (lazy, I know). A tad more contrast for those of us who no longer have 20/20 vision would be a nice touch too.
Apr 20th at 1:12 am
Nothing on my Dashboard Users options says Personal Settings. I have Profile/Personal Options; but that screen has no “*Enable experimental admin design (MP6) *link.
How to see the new Dashboard design? Thanks.
Nancy Evans Bush http://dancingpastthedark.com
Apr 20th at 1:39 am
Very good and responsive UI design. I agree with WordsFallFromMyEyes.
Apr 20th at 1:40 am
Reblogged this on dezinelife.
Apr 20th at 2:00 am
Love the, “new coat of paint”. It’s a step in the right direction. I am excited to see improvements here at WP.
Apr 20th at 2:58 am
Reblogged this on SheaPress.
Apr 20th at 3:46 am
I’m having a lot of fun here but the word ‘intuitive’ does not spring to mind when it comes to navigating your site. Hire more people who can spell ‘intuitive’.
Thank you for the fun had so far.
Apr 20th at 3:57 am
Reblogged this on Homepreneurs's Blog and commented:
For all my WordPress blogging friends -
Apr 20th at 4:40 am
After using it about a month, it was good to see new ui here. Thanks!
Apr 20th at 4:41 am
Reblogged this on LindaFarahDee and commented:
Life is dynamic and continues to evolve while still a chance
Apr 20th at 5:42 am
Will have to check this out!
Apr 20th at 6:51 am
It looks nice and improved but I don’t know. WordPress means decent and clean. I will keep myself with whitish looks.
Apr 20th at 7:07 am
The clean design looks really good
Apr 20th at 8:04 am
Reblogged this on DE BLooG WordPress.com and commented:
Hope this comes soon
Apr 20th at 8:20 am
This does looks great, because it has proffesional look. It looks like it can help me find things better, because it looks it’s more organised. The black sidebar makes it focus, and the small icons can help search things, when I’m hurry.
Apr 20th at 8:23 am
I usually don’t like format changes, but this looks pretty good. I really like it!
Apr 20th at 10:05 am
WordPress continues to be the gateway for ‘non-techie’ writers to dazzle, ensuring original content finds its way to an audience, I certainly did not dream of, when ‘pressing’ my first article in October 2011 – Thanks Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Apr 20th at 11:24 am
i tried it, like it very much
Apr 20th at 12:04 pm
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Apr 20th at 1:04 pm
Reblogged this on Lydablogger.
Apr 20th at 3:32 pm
Looks nice. Plain and simle – just the way I like it. Especially I like the contrast between sidebar and content area – I would increase that even more and make the grey background color lighter and closer to white. New icons design is also neat. Keep up the good work
Apr 20th at 4:02 pm
From the description of its features, i think it will definitely make wordpress blogs look awesome. Thanks to the wordpress team for this new design. Nice blogging with wordpress!
Apr 20th at 4:12 pm
So far so good. I especially like that it is responsive to mobile devices, and the overall appearance of this new Dashboard is so much better. There are a few things that don’t work correctly, but I’m sure those things will eventually be ironed out. Keep up the good work! 😃 👏
Apr 20th at 7:56 pm
Matt, bit of a problem replying to recent comments…when I mouse to reply I lose the chance. Hmm… Otherwise, fine improvement.
Apr 20th at 8:38 pm
Reblogged this on Monique's FM/CFS Blog.
Apr 20th at 8:38 pm
Apr 20th at 9:37 pm
WOW! It was awesome!
In fact, the visual difference is, however, for the better!
What I liked most was the implementation of “open sans” as default font as the theme Twenty Twelve.
It was show, Matt!
Congratulations, and thank you for reward us with more great work!
Incidentally, when we will definitely feature in our blogs? I’m using a trial.
Apr 20th at 9:55 pm
Reblogged this on softeek.
Apr 20th at 10:12 pm
Reblogged this on The Sands Social Media and commented:
Be sure to make comments on the WordPress feedback form on the new WordPress dashboard! Make sure your voice is heard while tweaks are still being made.
Apr 21st at 1:10 am
Looks great! I like change. Change keeps everything fresh, and you sir are definitely keeping things fresh :p
Keep up the good work.
Apr 21st at 4:49 am
Reblogged this on GO-AHEAD COURSE.
Apr 21st at 6:45 am
I like the increased contrast and the font a lot!
Apr 21st at 6:51 am
I have blogged around a lot, but am now nicely settled in Word Press, not perfect, but no-one is perfect, and one of the most perfect. Changing the dashboard design is ok with me. It is only a design and the blog remains the same. My experience is that computer steered sites like yours change from time to time. A question of keeping up with the others I supposel Over the years I have got used to it, so just accept it. My blog is still the same, it is only the dashboard and in the computer world one thing you have to get used to is change. Be versatile, go with the times, so no problem with this golden oldie.
Apr 21st at 7:32 am
Hi, Matt Thomas. Thanks and It`s Sounds good too, why not :))
Apr 21st at 5:25 pm
Hello all I care about is that it is user friendly I have a hard time finding my way around sometimes.
Apr 21st at 8:53 pm
Please don’t keep changing the look of things. It’s not necessary. I’m fine with the current dashboard and consider it a negative that I will now have to become familiar with a new look.
Apr 21st at 11:44 pm
I like wordpress so much, it’s more more beautiful in the features
Apr 22nd at 4:23 am
Going forward, it would be nice to be able to have a calendar view for posts that helps those of us with multiple authors schedule out posts more easily than the current all-in-one-list format. Also, a simple update would pop up a calendar when in the single post editing view, so I don’t have to count on my fingers to see which date to schedule the post for.
Apr 22nd at 2:24 pm
When you have the IQ of a rocking horse like me .and have just about sussed the current way to do things…….the word NEW
fills me with trepidation…….I will put it off for as long as I can…..then have a large scotch and go see
Apr 22nd at 3:15 pm
My only complaint was going to be that I don’t care for the darker sidebar, but then I collapsed the sidebar and now it doesn’t bother me.
Also I LOVE the way the new Dashboard renders in iOS. I used to have to double tap to resize it, but now it’s perfect.
I do find that the Dashboard still scrolls too slowly in iOS, which was the case before the redesign, so it would be great if that was improved.
All in all, I like it!
Apr 22nd at 7:50 pm
i like it nice job….
Apr 22nd at 9:39 pm
I like this new clean look. Point of improvement: using black and grey is a good choice, but wouldn’t black and white be even better? It would bring much more elegance to the screen. This grey background isn’t that good for your writing mood.
Apr 23rd at 6:37 am
The changes sound great. I’m going to give it a try now with a new post. ONE thing I would LOVE is to be able to change font, color, size, and positioning (such as center) I think this would make reading more enjoyable if not overdone.
Apr 23rd at 7:09 pm
It looks quite similar to the last app actualization for android. I find it so cool and ordered with that sidebar which i completely luv!
Apr 24th at 7:12 am
Is that why my word press site is messed up again? Thank you so much for the free site it’s AWESOME….it keeps disappearing except when I click the main link….maybe because you are undergoing renovation? Thanks so much I hope it is done soon and I can see who a follow and use the links again <3
"If you ever get a treasure NEVER let it go….If you are not willing to die for it when you have it you will spend the rest of your life dying for it…."
Apr 24th at 3:34 pm
I tried it out and I am glad you didn’t move things so I have a chance to start recognizing the new Icons.
Apr 24th at 5:36 pm
One addition I would like would be to be able to underline in a post. Bold and italic are fine, but, oft I want to underline.
Apr 24th at 9:34 pm
I’m currently in the process of giving it a go. So far, it looks neat, compact, easy to navigate. Thanks.
Apr 25th at 1:09 am
I really like what I am seeing. I don’t host my own wordpress blog yet though, but I can’t wait for it.
Apr 25th at 8:20 pm
Im a massive fan of the progression of the WP admin area and where you guys are planning to go with it. Even some of the new functionality in recent builds such as the media manager and the html5 video support coming in the next build. keep it up!
Apr 26th at 2:19 pm
as long as its responsive im happy
Apr 26th at 2:46 pm
One has to scroll from left to right to read the page.
Apr 28th at 10:18 am
WOW This is awesome! Thanks
Apr 28th at 9:51 pm
I have changed it administratively for orientation purposes and I really don’t see much difference but then I only use it on my desktop or laptop. I can imagine the “biggy” is that it have a “responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets and smartphones”. Thank you for not completely reinventing it.
Apr 29th at 6:30 pm
It look awesome, need to try this one, thanks!
Apr 30th at 3:32 pm
Hi, everything looked fine until I saw the Press It bookmarklet window. It has unnecessary extra white space and it doesn’t even look right. Hope you’d fix it. I have reverted back to the old dashboard.