The WordPress dashboard has been looking forward to a refresh for some time, and on Monday June 17th, the WordPress.com dashboard will get a facelift! Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • A simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
  • Responsive! The new dashboard has been rebuilt with flexibility in mind, and looks great on desktops, tablets and smartphones of all shapes and sizes. This feature will be coming soon.
  • Beautiful, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.

We’ve done all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested interface that millions of users already know and love. You can learn more about the new design here.

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What’s changing?
The dashboard will look different: new colors, better typography, and, coming soon, a responsive layout delivering a better mobile/tablet experience. There will be no functional changes to the dashboard, and all the menu items will remain in the same place.

When is this update coming?
On Monday, the new dashboard will be turned on for all WordPress.com users. If your users would like to delay the new dashboard, they can navigate to their Personal Settings page and select the box “Delay new design until July 17th.” This will turn off the dashboard until July 17, when the old dashboard will be retired from WordPress.com.

Can’t wait until Monday?
Preview the new awesomeness by heading over to Users → Personal Settings in your blog’s dashboard and checking Enable experimental admin design (MP6), then clicking Save Changes.

Can we use this on our development/staging/self-hosted WordPress sites?
You sure can! The new WordPress Dashboard is available for WordPress.org/self-hosted sites via the MP6 plugin.

As always, if you have any questions, run into any issues or spot any bugs, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the VIP tab in your Dashboard.