Because we provide WordPress maintenance and other services, it’s our job to stay up to date with the changes and feature additions that come with each new version of the software we’ve built our business on. This post is the first in a series that will describe some additions coming to WordPress v3.8 so you can take full advantage of them.
Features As Plugins
It’s important to know that with the 3.8 development cycle, the core team has decided to build and test new features as plugins and then consider them for additions into the core software. The benefit of this approach is that there are more core (and contributing developers) than normal, but also more actual users testing these plugins and their features on development and even live sites.
The outcome of this method is that more bugs are found (and squashed), development is faster, and the resulting code should be much more stable before getting rolled into the core software.
That brings us to the first Features As Plugins to be included in the 3.8 release. The MP6 plugin. This changes the WordPress user interface. Description and video walk through below.
New User Interface and Default Admin Color Scheme
The MP6 plugin can be found here if you want to dive in and test it yourself. As you might have guessed by the heading above, it provides a new user interface for the Admin area along with a new default color scheme as well as some additional Admin color schemes to choose from.
This new UI is beautiful and optimized as you can see in the video below.