The WordPress.com Dashboard Gets a Beautiful Makeover
Every day, you blog, you create, and you make things with your WordPress.com site. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the code that runs WordPress.com gets updated dozens of times a day, as we deploy improvements. While you can’t see the vast majority of those changes, there is one improvement we can’t wait for you to see: a brand-new, redesigned WordPress.com dashboard featuring better contrast and the lovely Open Sans typeface.
Back in April, I shared our goals for the WordPress.com dashboard redesign:
- It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
- It should use webfonts for modern, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
- It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.
- It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.
We’ve redrawn all the icons, opened up spacing, moved to Open Sans as our default typeface, and increased contrast to make the dashboard as beautiful on the inside as your blog is on the outside:
Opt in to responsive goodness
We’re also hard at work on a responsive design, so you can view and work in your WordPress.com dashboard on your smartphone or tablet. It will be available for everyone later this year, but you can preview it today. To enable the responsive dashboard, go to Users → Personal Settings and click the checkbox next to: Enable experimental responsive design (MP6). If you’ve previously opted in to our design preview, you’ll have this enabled by default.
We hope the redesign makes creating things with WordPress even more enjoyable.
Special thanks to the early adopters who took the new dashboard design for a spin and took the time to share their feedback — your thoughts and ideas were a big help as we iterated on the design and fixed bugs.