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!
And for good measure, here’s a look at the new post screen:
To round it out, here’s a view on an iPhone, showing off the responsive nature of the dashboard:
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?