The new WordPress admin area

If you’re logging into your WordPress website for the first time in a while, you’ll notice things have changed. Here’s a quick guide to setting things up the way you need them.

The old WordPress dashboard (click to enlarge)

The old dashboard, where you ended up immediately after you log in, was looking a little tired, so it’s had some improvements as part of the latest upgrade to WordPress 3.8.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the menu on the left is now black, but that’s just the start.

Improvements include:

  • A fresh, uncluttered design that is clearer and easier to use
  • New typography optimised for desktop and mobile viewing
  • Better contrast and higher definition graphics
  • A fully responsive (i.e. mobile friendly) admin area
  • Further improvements for site administrators

It may come as a shock at first, so the purpose of this post is to help you set up the admin the way you want it.

How to set up your admin colour scheme in WordPress 3.8

Your profile page in WordPress 3.8
Your profile page in WordPress 3.8 (click to enlarge)

The new admin area gives you the option to use any one of eight different colour schemes.

You can stick with the standard black, or go for blue, red, purple or coffee tones. Here’s how to do it.

From the Users menu, select Your Profile. You can also select this from the dropdown in the top right that says Howdy, (Your Name)

Under Personal Options you’ll see an option for Admin Colour Schemes. Click the button next to any colour scheme and you’ll get an instant preview.

Your changes are instant so you don’t need to save the settings.

And that’s it!

A note about WordPress updates

If you have a website with Moghill Web Services, you will find the updates have already been done for you as part of our managed hosting service.

If you manage your own site, or your designer does it for you, we urge you to upgrade as soon as possible. It’s a simple process, as long as you take a back-up before running the updates. If you have any questions or need help, then please contact us.

Why you need to update your WordPress (and its plugins)

See this blog post to find out why you need to keep WordPress up to date.

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