The New WordPress Dashboard Design (MP6) – Try It Now!

The WordPress dashboard is set for a redesign and the preliminary layout is stunning.

The project, codenamed MP6, aims to modernise the entire WordPress dashboard, making it flatter, responsive, cleaner and easier to read and navigate.

In my opinion, they’ve done a damn fine job both updating the look and feel for 2013, while retaining the familiarity and layout that we’re so used to working with.

Here’s a look at the dashboard, with punchier color and a squarer, flatter design. Very sexy!

MP6 WordPress Dashboard

And for good measure, here’s a look at the new post screen:

New Post Screen - MP6

To round it out, here’s a view on an iPhone, showing off the responsive nature of the dashboard:

MP6 dhasboard on iPhone

It’s almost certain that the new look will be incorporated into core, given that Matt Mullenweg is a part of the MP6 team, and the “experimental admin design” has already been made available to all 64 million users of wordpress.com.

By all accounts, I think the redesign has been a hit across the WordPress community and I think we can look forward to it beomcing the standard fairly soon.

How to get it now

You can try the new design out now if you like. If you’re on wordpress.com, just go to Users > Personal Settings and select “Enable experimental admin design (MP6)”. If you’re on a self-hosted WordPress site, there’s a plugin for enabling the new design. You should install MP6 to preview the new look. It claims to require WordPress 3.6 however, so I’m not sure how it will work if you’re not running a beta of 3.6, but you can always give it a try. Failing that, we should expect WordPress 3.6 in the next week or two, so you don’t have to wait too long.

So, what do you make of it? An improvement over the existing? What do/don’t you like?

6 thoughts on “The New WordPress Dashboard Design (MP6) – Try It Now!”

  1. Sam Woods says:

    I have seen this before but haven’t had chance to try it out. After reading this I might just have to take the plunge and try it – it looks fresher than the old one.

    Although I might try it out one one site first as the sidebar being black might make my eyes go funny after looking at it for a while. Do you have this issue?

    Sam

    1. I don’t. Besides, I usually use the collapsed side menu, so it’s not textual for me, but it helps it jump out and offers the contrast between the menu and the rest of the page.

  2. Wow, I love the new WordPress dashboard. I like the current one but felt like there wasn’t enough contrast so I had to think about each click. I believe that dashboards for any service should be intuitive, especially for first-timers.

  3. Robert says:

    Maybe I’ll wait until the official release of WP 3.6 comes out to test this new dashboard. It looks pretty promising :)

  4. Linda Lee says:

    Any news on the new release date? We passed the May 20 date.

    1. Just yesterday it was announced that they were pulling the post formats feature because it wasn’t quite ready for core. As such, they need to spend more time undoing all that coding. Might be another few weeks…

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