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.
it will make me love wp.com more than before, great!
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Please, please change it back. Cannot read mid grey on a black background.
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Thanks for the update – mainly for the tablets and smartphones since I mainly start many of my draft posts on those devices because I’m always on the run. Can’t wait to see it (especially since I’m typing away on my phone on my way to an appointment, ha, ha)!
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that is why I noticed something different! Nice! simple yet elegant to look at!
I don’t like the black frame! Like a funeral all that black!! Could you please make it changeable back to that clean white, thank you.
Love the new dash-board design! Thank you!!
Woohoo..Looks dope :D
I’m, am I the only one who doesn’t see the activation button for responsive design? I’m in my admin profile under the dashboard but its not there.
I like this
The Open Sans font is not helpful to read them on my monitor. It looks slightly too. Is a medium font available in the future after further comments regarding this font?
Briefing_Admin_Norrette has a point.
Most of the “white” fonts are manageable with enough contrast but the few listed under “Dashboard” are more gray (Comments I’ve made, Site stats, Akismet Stats, My blogs, Blogs I follow)
Why not just make them all lighter/”whiter” so the contrast is stronger (and easier for some to read.)
White font on black is striking – but can be hard on eyes
Beautiful? *scoff* I hate the fact that this was forced on us. There should be an option to have either this or the BETTER old version. Please revert it back. This is absurdity that we are forced to follow this like sheep.
I would like to have the old one back. For someone like me, who is nearsighted, the black-grey contrast and the reduced typeface is a disaster.
Hey you know something? Thanks for putting the Stats back on the Dashboard!
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I was opted-out earlier but you opted me in on your own. Now I cannot find the option to opt-out again (there are multiple Profile links in Dashboard, where exactly am I looking?).
WordPress News is sadly not very transparent with all the background changes you made (so what if they are minor). I just noticed that you have couple of trackers and now providing options to opt-out. This is the kind of things you enable in the background without informing properly. It just makes people wonder what else is enabled or available which we are not aware of? Is there a place on your system where we can see all the minor/major changes you make? As stated above, I do not think your News section provides each and every change information.
I would appreciate if you take me to the section where i can opt-out of your new dashboard design.
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It is really beautifull and now touchable….
Simply Amazing! I find the new look very elegant and classy. Thank You WordPress. :D
Thank you WP people for making the admin stuff (eg widgets) easier to read by adding some contrast to the text. A good move :)
Nobody has asked any changes. These changes are unnecessary and reduces the visibility of work.
I’m i guess what you would call a casual user and appreciate the end-user friendly design of this interface. Nice job!!
I like the new look. Seems clean and fresh. Thanks!
I really don’t like that when I’m writing a post, the side menu has to be moused-over to see what those icons are for now. It just seems like a pointless change. Not to mention that all the type is now oversized. That’s not helpful unless you have a vision problem, and if you don’t, it’s distracting and means more scrolling to find what you want. For your next “makeover”, I would LOVE to see you make the area which you actually write a post in much bigger. It’s such a small window to write in. You’ve got all these huge (and much bigger with the new change) side menus, but where you write is tiny. Very annoying when writing a long post. Wish you guys would spend more time improving performance rather than fussing with aesthetics.
It’s still very similar, just better :)
as me and another fellow nail blogger say: “wordpress til we die!”
best platform ever!
The new dashboard looks like an enhancement while keeping the clear organization and helpful tools we all love.
Might I ask a question regarding my own visual hindrances? I often find it difficult to read white text on a dark background–though the sparing use of it in this menus example here looks to be okay for me. But I do wonder if there is a way for me to increase the font size of the menu labels? Is that something I do as a WordPress preference or a browser preference? The zoom in feature means that aspects of the screen are lost. So that is why I wonder if there is an “all over” setting I might change.
look forward to exploring it. Thanks for your hard work. DAF
For some reason the design change also affected the alignment of the images in my old posts. Images that were aligned to the left are now aligned to the right in the post, but not in the post editor.
Also, the menu items are not visible (grey on grey) in the post editor screen.
I noticed this earlier this morning, but have not had a chance to explore all the changes.
“Oh-so-lovely”, or not, Open Sans typeface, why “fix” what isn’t broke?
I must admit…the dashboard is lovely.
It looks Mac-like! Not too much stupid colours!
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Love this. Looks great!
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Unfortunately, the new dashboard is not working properly for me. I cannot delete the Spam I receive, under Settings the Reading section is blank, and the Categories section under New Post is also blank.
MUCH better now! Thanks.
The overall look is very nice, but being extremely myopic the black background, light font is difficult to read. A screen shot would not accurately depict to anyone else what I see, which is fuzzy text.
I’m completely in love with my new dashboard. The orange notification alerts everywhere are the best thing for me! hahaha
I was in the middle of a post when I saw the change. I must say, the new dashboard is beautiful!
[ Smiles ] Matt, I LOVE my dashboard’s new look. Please let the entire engineering staff of Automatic know that I am truly pleased!
I have to admit, there’s been a change or two WordPress has made that I am not a fan of, but this one is nice. This is readable and simple. I like simple. Thank you.
I swapped themes last night and I thought the dashboard changes were because of my theme change!
I like the open typeface. I prefer sans serif fonts and find them easier to read. Now, if ONLY you’d add more text formatting functions! Formatting in Word or something else, then copying produces ugly errors, Not worth it. More options in text formatting would be a great gift! Meanwhile, this is a nice look. Easy to read.
One thing: It is not even close to WYSIWYG. The headers are very off and display at significantly different sizes (some much bigger, some smaller) in the post than on the dashboard. Is there anything you can do about that?
I’ve been using the beta version and still have the same complaint: The black looks sleek, but every designer I know will tell you reverse type is harder to read and therefore never the best choice. Still, it’s only a menu, not text blocks, so I’m getting used to it. Would appreciate some color options like before; perhaps one without the reverse type.
Some nice features here, in terms of hiding things and creating more space on the screen.
I don’t get why, when I click on my user name in the upper right, the drop down window include my username twice but that is not a big deal.
I absolutely love it!!! It looks dressy, fresh, clear and so much more!!
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I am sorry, but I disagree of this change.
Ok, so the font looks pretty, and now there is a new look – but expect your computer to become a fire hazard as your CPU is at full blast when you are trying to write one sentence and have to wait like a minute to see your thought appear on the screen.
Style should be behind substance, I want something to be fully reliable to get my thoughts and stories out in a timely and urgent manner. That’s what I say is “life”. Life is about doing something in a timely manner.
Please all devs understand that many systems are still older machines – whether you like it or not. Please take that into consideration instead of telling me I should replace my machine to an iPad just for the sake of change. If you want to say my single core mid line CPU with about 1GB of ram running on 4 year old OS is old for your standards, well tough, I am the user and I should a right have a say on how I want WP.com to run!
I think many people that do WP are under the age of 30 who have no practical knowledge of the old mainframe systems or have studied Information Systems (not IT); I’ll give you an IS 101: UNDERSTAND YOUR USERS! Customers or Users Come First, Ego Distant Second! If you can’t master that skill, I am sorry but you will have unhappy users who will have to have a fire extinguisher handy in case my laptop catches on fire because some dev wanted to make the site look “prettier” and not reliable.
On point, I am a user that wants to blog and get the thoughts out in a timely fashion; by focusing on looks, this puts my hard work into back burner because of poorly designed apps.
In the real world, if something fails, someone looses their job. I hope someone will loose their job if this new look is going to be more painful for users down the road.
Sorry to disappoint,
I switched months ago to try it out. Didn’t find it any better, but as it was obviously going to be enforced, might as well get used to it.
Seriously, who is writing your copy? Beautiful makeover? Deploy improvements? Oh-so-lovely?
Three beautifuls in one short post?
And given some of the responses, how many people on our design team are over 40? Or are visually challenged? Or know anything about graphic design – from a reader’s perspective?
My view? No better. Didn’t need fixing. I can live with it. It’s not a beautiul improvement though.
Love the changes! Thanks for all the subtle updates. Now just wishing for faster “blogs I follow” response on mobile;)
Very nice, highly impressed! So easy on the eyes, great job WordPress!,
Well, I remember feeding back that the Open Sans webfont is horrendous on low resolution screens that do not have anti-aliasing enabled. I requested an option to change the font back to the old font, which works nicely on such screens — did this option make it into the final?
Love the updated look!
I HATE the new design. It looks like windows 8! I hate it!
I absolutely love the new design, don’t understand why people complain about it.
As with all things, it will take a little while to get used to the change, but so far it looks really rather good. Love the updates WP, keep ‘em comin’! :)
So far, so good. I’m loving this design.
Love the responsive dashboard — fabulous, thank you!
Nice – it took me a moment to adjust but I’m liking it now! I don’t seem to be able to find my profile in order to opt in to the responsive stuff though – can you give me directions?! Thanks!
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Now, if we could only create folders in the media library by name so we can sort things that way. It would make life so much easier.
This is completely disgusting! I cannot see it on the browser of choice in my household and will not use other browsers. I voiced my opinion before and was told to use another Browser. Your reputation for good Customer Service has been completely destroyed in my opinion.
I like the new look more than the old one!
Thanks for your help, Matt! :)
I thought there was something different when I logged in today – very nice!
Thanks to all concerned
I do not like the black background for the main menu. The menu’s visual weight is much too heavy now and overwhelms the actual working area of a page.
You must get used to use that new version, but so far it is good looking! Thanks, good to have smth new)
An “A+” from me.
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I noticed that something looks different.
Beautiful? No more or less so than before?
Less use-friendly? Yes. The unnecessary change to larger font sizes (negating eyesight problems by making them very thin and poor contrast) means lots more scrolling around – clearly nobody developing this was using a 13-inch Macbook or they would have worn their scrolling fingers out! Not very helpful.
It is a shame there is not a toggle button to go back to the old scheme, which appears to have had exactly the same functionality, but did not waste so much precious screen space and therefore necessitated less scrolling.
I’m just new to the blogging world….but I do like the new dashboard…now I can find dashboard options much easier. Black does seems to be a bit overwhelming though…perhaps a lighter shade of black?
It is a wonderful surprise I had! Thank you!
Great, I think the new design is terrific! The left bar being in black makes the dashboard look pretty cool and I think the fact that white and black are opposites help make the design work. Great job!
I’ve used the trial version when it was launched. Simply awesome! And the smartphone, it is also amazing!
Nice work, Matt!! :D
I tried to access this new feature but I can’t find Profile on my dashboard and can’t find the link to get this new feature as you suggest. I have the latest WP. Also no stat feature is listed. What’s missing?
:) I like this … Thank you ;)
I have been using it for some time now and my thumb is up for this improvement. Though I do not cotton to black I have found that the contrast and readability is much improved and the clutter has been reduced.
How about combining the black bar with the blue one on the stats page?
The new look is great. Still getting used to it though but everything is working fine!
Very nice! It looks great on my PC, and I’m looking forward to checking it out on my Nexus 7 later this evening. Well done!
Just want to say I like this new and slick design. If anything, I feel the black color has a bit too much of a contrast to the white in the Dashboard. It tires the eyes.
Alas , still ignoring the growing population of Mac OS X users – “It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets, and smartphones.”
I love it. It’s like releasing a new book in school.
REALLY like the redesign ♡ The black is awesome (my blog is dark as well so it’s probably why I like it so much). I look forward to fiddling around with the responsive dashboard.
When is this hitting self-hosted?
Love your stats – 500,000 some days, oh 600,000 the next. Now THAT’s a vision!!! Don’t know anything like it!
Well, I’ve woken on a Tuesday morning here in Melbourne Australia and see you’ve been working through the night. I was recommended by a friend of sorts YEARS ago to blog – to go on WordPress. I’m so glad I chose YOU.
Just great stuff, as always.
I love my new dashboard. It looks so tidy and clean. Thank you!
I appreciate the clean new look of the dashboard. Thank you for all the effort that goes into making WordPress our home away from home.
I actually logged in to WordPress to check my own blog before seeing the update posted on yours, and was pretty excited about it. I’m loving the new look! Very clean and lots of space.
Love the new design! Clean and neat but not too different from the original – great job avoiding discombobulation.
I changed over as soon as I could. I like it a lot. Sharp and clear. Thank you!
Sometimes – on the iPad – the black sidebar snaps over to the right side of the divider between sidebar and content. Otherwise – like it fine so far.
I absolutely love the new design!
Loving the new design!
I don’t like it. Change it back.
What’s with all the Blech Noir? Some kind of nostalgia for MySpace?
Good work! So much easier on the eyes too!
I especially dislike seeing the dashboard menu off to the side while I am writing. Is there no way to eliminate it or at least make it less obvious?