WordPress 3.8 was released to the public on December 12, 2013.
They have named the update “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, a bebop innovator. WordPress 3.8 brings with it a facelift and a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Also included is the new Twenty Fourteen theme, several bug fixes, and cool enhancements.
The official release page offers the following description of the updated look:
Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!
Modern aesthetic – The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.
Clean typography – The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.
Refined contrast – We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.
WordPress on every device – We all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.
Be Careful About Updating
Enjoy the new look and functions by updating to WordPress 3.8, however as a word of caution, be sure to backup your site – just in case there happens to be a conflict with your existing WordPress installation, plugins, themes, or other components.
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So before you push the “Please update now” link in your WordPress Dashboard, be sure you have a full backup of all your site files and database.
Ensure that everything works after upgrading. Check your site's appearance and functionality, both in the theme and plugin features you rely upon.
Very Helpful Links:
- WordPress News: WordPress 3.8 “Parker” – Official Press Release
- WordPress Codex: Version 3.8 – Summary of highlights and features
- Troubleshooting WordPress 3.8 Master List – LINK COMING SOON!
- WordPress Trac: Milestone 3.8 – Tickets active and closed
- WordPress Codex – Changelog/3.8
- Download WordPress 3.8
- WordPress Codex – Upgrading WordPress Extended << Our preferred upgrade method
As always, we'll be watching for plugins and themes for security issues as they update to fit WordPress 3.8. Want to check plugin compatibility yourself? Open each plugin page and look at “Compatible Up to: 3.8”. For example, you can see that the Better WP Security plugin is now compatible with WordPress 3.8.
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Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.8 yet? Did you discover any conflicts or issues? Please let us know how your update went and if you have any questions or concerns, just leave a comment below for discussion!