On Thursday, December 12th, WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg announced to the world via a post on WordPress.org that WordPress Version 3.8 “Parker” is now available for download. Named in honor of bebop innovator Charlie Parker, the software can be downloaded separately or updated directly from your current WordPress Dashboard. Below is a list of differences WordPress users will notice with the latest release along with a few comments from users worldwide.
The first thing WordPress users will likely notice upon using WordPress 3.8 is that its general appearance has changed more drastically than at any point in 2013. There is an undeniable contrast of colors that has been absent from the back-end due to the grey shades that have been typical with the software. Now, there are sharper colors that give WordPress a more colorful design, along with a more legible font type that is an ease to read regardless of whether a user is working from his or her desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
In his December 12th post, Mullenweg stated, “We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.”
There’s also the inclusion of Admin Color Schemes that make it possible to select one of eight different patterns for your administrative panel use. All you have to do to preview or alter a current color scheme is go to your Profile page from the WordPress menu.
Desktop And Mobile Focus
With the latest version of WordPress, you’ll easily be able to navigate the back-end of your WordPress website from any smart phone, tablet computer, or large desktop screen. As a matter of fact, quite a bit of focus has been placed on mobile compatibility in 2013, and the new WordPress software makes it easier than ever to transition from one size screen to another and to manage your website while on the go or relaxing at home.
The ability to make administrative changes and virtually have access to WordPress website modifications from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection is one of the main attractions of becoming a WordPress user. What’s more, WordPress is localized to make it much easier to manage the software even if English isn’t your native language.
Revamped Theme Management
WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg wrote that “the new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got. Smoother widget experience Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, we’ve worked to streamline the widgets screen.”
There is also a new default theme that comes with WordPress Version 3.8. It’s a magazine based theme called Twenty Fourteen. You can feature your content via the traditional grid style or use a slider as well as make your website unique via three widgetized areas. Thanks to the modern plugin-first development process, newer versions of the WordPress open source platform are being released much more quickly than in the past. This current Version was led by a team of developers headed by Matt Mullenweg himself.
There’s quite a bit to like about the rapid advancement of WordPress at this point. Features are being added much more quickly and the possibilities for the year to come seem endless. We’re looking forward to what WordPress has to offer in the new year as well as making full use of the current version: WordPress 3.8 “Parker” on a daily basis.
If you do not wish to download WordPress 3.8 directly from your Dashboard, you can click on this link to download it at your convenience.