WordPress 3.8 Features

WordPress 3.8 – the newest version nicknamed ‘Parker’ – was released this past Thursday and comes packaged with some cool features that you can’t miss. Sporting the fancy new magazine-style 2014 Theme, WordPress 3.8 ushers in a new design for their Admin area as well. With changes to the dashboard, widgets, and theme selection, 3.8 brings new life to the admin experience.

Admin Revamp

With the new ”Features as Plugins” development technique, the WordPress 3.8 developers actually launched this style overhaul with the MP6 plugin. After months of testing, the MP6 changes have finally been incorporated with a major release of WordPress. While everything remains in the same place, the colors, icons, and typography are refreshing and bring new life to the now-responsive backend.


The new version even sports a flurry of color options for every personality!


New Theme Manager

Preview your themes easily with the new admin theme details.


New Widget Manager

Gone are the days of scrolling endlessly to get your widget into the proper widget zones. Featuring a 50% split between widgets and zones, the new layout is sure to make adding widgets a breeze. You can even send widgets directly to zones without dragging and dropping!

2014 Theme

The new magazine-style 2014 Theme is a responsive beauty that can display your homepage in a grid or a slider.


Check out the new features by upgrading today! Make sure to backup your site before any major releases! Read more on WordPress.org. What do you think about these changes? Are you impressed with the new admin UI? Let us know in the comments.

6 Responses to "WordPress 3.8 Features"

  1. maleek   December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Does your themes meet the requirement off the recent wordpress 3.8 upgrade?

    • Mehmet Ozek   December 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      All of our themes do meet the WordPress 3.8 requirements Maleek.

  2. Allie   December 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I’m SO glad they fixed the widget manager. I use custom sidebars so it could get very overwhelming and scroll-y!

  3. billgilmore   January 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Cheers for this update, not a huge amount of improvements for theme designers really but I love the new dashboard interface. Viva the WordPress

  4. Giovanni Morreale   January 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I have installed WP 3.8 ! I have also upgraded before December last year to Advanced Newspaper 3.0 ! Now I see form your website two new versions?!?
    I have downloade v31 and a patch WP38patch.

    I don’t see any release notes. Shall I upgrade from Adv News 3.0 to 3.1? I don’t see any message on the admin section? How I do that? As a normale upgrade? How can I patch? Do you have any link that explains version history and how to upgrade?
    Thanks for your great support Mehmet!
    Times of Sicily

    • Monty   January 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      The release notes for v31 are in the theme folder as _changelog.txt. Upgrading can be as simple as installing v31 as a new theme or, if you have many customizations, you will need to update individual files by FTP. Please open a thread in the forum for additional assistance.


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