What’s New in WordPress?

The Palomar College WordPress system was recently upgraded to version 3.8. Here is a list of the most significant changes:

New Look for the Admin Interface

WordPress 3.8 admin overview

The new WordPress 3.8 admin dashboard.

The most obvious change when first logging in to version 3.8 of WordPress will be the new appearance of the admin interface. The goal with the redesign was simplicity and clarity. To achieve those goals a more modern, uncluttered design was implemented. The new design, coupled with a new font and fewer colors, is easier to read and navigate.

As an added bonus, the admin interface is also now easier to use on tablets and smartphones. Now it is possible to manage a site while on the go.

Improved Theme Chooser

The redesigned theme screen.

The redesigned theme screen.

The themes page where you choose a new theme for a site (which can be found under Appearance -> Themes) has been redesigned. Much of the clutter has been removed in favor of larger preview images. When more information is wanted about a particular theme just click on the image to view the details.

Smoother Widget Experience

Widget management is now easier. While the drag and drop interface can be really intuitive, it was very difficult to use in themes that contained many widget areas. The new design makes better use of screen space and has an option to choose a specific widget area from a list when inserting a new widget.

New Default Theme: Twenty Fourteen

A preview of the new Twenty Fourteen theme.

A preview of the new Twenty Fourteen theme.

There has traditionally been a new default WordPress theme each year and this time around it is Twenty Fourteen. The Twenty Fourteen theme has a striking design that looks very much like an online magazine. It offers three widget areas and two page templates to customize the look of the site.


WordPress 3.8 is a big step forward in combining a simple interface with vast capabilities. What do you think of the changes? Leave a comment below and let us know.