WordPress 3.8 is available! WordPress 3.8 was released on December 12, 2014 and was named after Charlie Parker, a jazz musician who was noted have developed bebop. This version came with a big change to the user interface.
In fact, the last major user interface change was in WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” back in December 2008.
General User Interface
The biggest change is the interface look. The colors, font, and styling have changed, as well as the icons. This was inspired by the MP6 plugin that was already integrated into WordPress.com sites. The MP6 integration allows users to choose from 8 different color schemes for the backend.
The user-interface is also more responsive. It does look wonky in smaller sized browsers like mobile, but fairly decent for tablets.
In themes ( Appearance> Themes), this section has changed. You will see all your themes, and if you upload a new theme, you can click on it to preview it and see more information.
The widgets area also got a bit of a face lift. Prior to WordPress 3.8, the inactive widgets took up three quarters of the screen. This time its nearly half and half. This helps for sites using a lot of widgets. Instead of having to scroll to drag and drop, or use the screen option feature in widgets to disable drag and drop, its a little easier. 🙂
Posts and Pages
The posts area got quite a few updates to the TinyMCE and the icons to the post format. Also, the styling on the Add Media button and the Text editor buttons changed a bit.
There are a few more changes that you can see in the video below.
Video: A Walk Through WordPress 3.8
I’ve put together an 11 minute walk through of some of the features you can find in WordPress 3.8.
Upgrading to WordPress 3.8
WordPress 3.8 was a smooth upgrade. It’s been tested thousands of times. If you’re hesitant to upgrade, then give is a couple days.
Personal Note: I found the upgrade to be smooth.
However, if you are able to do the one click upgrade option, remember to do a back up of your site. Before clicking upgrade, to de-activate plugins and activate one of the default themes. Once you have successful upgraded your site, you can then start re-activating your plugins and theme.
For those doing a manual upgrade from WordPress 3.7.1 to WordPress 3.8:
- Back up your WordPress site
- De-activate plugins
- Set theme to a default theme
- Download the full version of WordPress 3.8 to your computer
- Unzip the file
- Via FTP, remove all files except the wp-config.php file and the entire wp-contents folder
- Via FTP, upload all files from the unzipped WordPress folder on your computer to your host account where your old install was, except for the wp-config.php files and the wp-contents folder.
- Load your website… you should be upgraded. Note: If you are prompted to click a button to update the database, then do so.
- Re-activate your plugins and your default theme.
Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.8? What do you think of it?