New Dashboard Design and March Wrap-up

Today we’re pretty excited to launch a new dashboard design to everyone here on

If you have a few minutes, try clicking around and exploring the new layout and features. It’ll be unfamiliar at first, but like riding a bike you’ll find yourself picking up new habits and cruising down the road in no time.

Those of you who follow the side of things probably saw the sneak peak that included several screenshots, the screencast of the new gallery feature, and the exhaustive list of features from the 2.5 release announcement. Now those improvements are available to you, including a few cool bonuses like a blog switcher menu on top.

Here’s a brief rundown of the features that are relevant to users:

Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard — we’ve worked hard to take your feedback about what’s most important in the dashboard and organize things to allow you to focus on what’s important — your blog — and get out of your way. In collaboration with Happy Cog and the community we’ve taken the first major step forward in the WordPress interface since was created.

Dashboard Widgets — the dashboard home page is now a series of widgets, including ones to show you fun stats about your posting, latest comments, stats, people linking to you, and we’ll allow more customization here soon.

Multi-file upload with progress bar — before when you would upload a large file you’d wait forever, never knowing how far along it was. And uploading more than one photo was an exercise in patience, as you could only do one at a time. Now you can select a whole of folder images or music or videos at once and it’ll show you the progress of each upload.

Now you can put that 3gb of free space to good use!

Search posts and pages — search used to cover just posts, now it includes pages too, a great boon for those using as a CMS.

Tag management — you can now add, rename, delete, and do whatever else you like to tags from inside WordPress.

Concurrent editing protection — for those of you on multi-author blogs, have you ever opened a post while someone was already editing it, and your auto-saves kept overwriting each other, irrecoverably losing hours of work? I bet that added a few words to your vocabulary. Now if you open a post that someone else is editing, WordPress magically locks it and prevents you from saving until the other person is done. You’ll see a message like below.

Friendlier visual post editor — I’m not sure how to articulate this improvement except to say “it doesn’t mess with your code anymore.” We’re now using version 3.0 of TinyMCE, which means better compatibility with Safari, and we’ve paid particular attention this release to its integration and interaction with complex HTML. It also now has a “no-distractions” mode which is like Writeroom for your browser.

Built-in galleries — when you take advantage of multi-file upload to upload a bunch of photos, we have a new shortcode that lets you to easily embed galleries by just putting [ gallery] (without the space) in your post. It’ll display all your thumbnails and captions and each will link each to a page where people can comment on the individual photos. I’ve been using this feature on my blog and have already uploaded over 1,200 pictures into 23 galleries. The shortcode has some hidden options too, check out this documentation.

In light of the launch, we’re also going to be keeping support open this weekend so you can let us know of any issues that pop up as a result of the new design. This new dashboard being out also allows us to roll out some other improvements we’ve been holding off for a bit as they didn’t make sense before. Keep an eye on this blog next week.

March Wrap-up

  • 298,194 blogs were created.
  • 381,855 new users joined.
  • 2,242,997 file uploads.
  • 3,225,059 posts and 1,420,975 new pages.
  • 4,418,407 logins.
  • 636,024,114 pageviews on, and another 347,679,330 on self-hosted blogs. (983,703,444 pageviews total across blogs we know about.)
  • 863,470 active blogs, where “active” means they got a human visitor.

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  1. Fernando

    Hate it.


  2. M. C.

    Fantastic! Thanks! 🙂


  3. FXSmom

    I hope it is like riding a bike. I was sooo lost. I thought the page didn’t load right 😆

    Is there, or will there be, a way to arrange the “widgets” to see what we want to at the top and so on??


  4. geewhiz

    Thanks for a well-organized redesign. I already notice some improved access to bits of information about my posts that will help me manage and plan entries.
    Great work!


  5. whiteriverpres

    Wow … it switched over while I was in the midst of writing a new post. Can you say, “Confusing?!” I thought I’d done something wrong or my computer had suddenly developed a bout of the flu. After I realized what happened, I was able to start adjusting to the new look/feel of the new dashboard. But what a shock it was at first!


  6. Skyler

    I hate the new dashboard design.

    Well, I love the design. I HATE the color scheme.


  7. Rodger Jacobs

    I totally love the new dashboard design, Matt! It’s neatly organized and easy on the eyes, a quick and concise summary of everything I need to know, statistically speaking. As one who uses WordPress professionally — I’m on my blogs approximately 5 to 6 hours per day — I find that this is going to be quite helpful.


  8. Matt

    Skyler, you can switch to the “classic” color scheme under your profile. We’ll be adding more color schemes in the future too, so every one of your blogs could have a different color scheme if you wanted.


  9. masterclasslady

    I just accessed my dashboard and felt I was in Disneyworld. Wee – what a ride!

    Thanks so much for all your hard work in keeping WordPress.Com current and highly accessible to a variety of options. 🙂


  10. amin

    I love this new design.thanks a lot
    but I have a question,the post slug option deleted?! I can’t see that any where! 😐


  11. J Soul

    Awesome new design, guys! Keep the awesomeness coming 😀


  12. eardrummer

    this whole new design is pretty spankin’ sweet. me likes. although i must say, i was rather shocked at first and thought your CSS files had been hijacked 😉


  13. Matt

    amin, the post slug editing is now right under the title. After you put a title on a post, you’ll see it say “Edit permalink” and you’ll be able to edit the slug inline right there. 🙂


  14. Jim



  15. Muffin

    It’s COOL!


  16. rumours

    Wp is coming !



  17. Author

    Love the new dashboard & features! Thanks – it’s really cool. 🙂


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  19. grantman

    looks fantastic..can’t wait to start experimenting…


  20. peacefulone

    Thank You. Thank You. Thank You! I can’t wait to try it out! Blessings E


  21. The Editor

    Wow, lots of page views.


  22. ahouseholdkate

    Thanks. Except that I was in the middle of writing a post and had just finished when I lost more than half of it because the dashboard had just changed. I’m going to go and play with it now.


  23. Deborah

    I didn’t realise the dashboard changed and got a fright when I saw it lol. I suppose I’ll have to get use to this new layout – I preferred the colours of the other one though.


  24. Blinky

    Im sorry, but i really dont like this. It’s just not… normal you know? It’s gonna take me a long time to get used to this. 😦


  25. VegeYum

    Nice. Really like the dashboard. I am not such a huge fan of the light blue theme particularly the menu at the top of the page, but that is such a little thing.


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  27. highboldtage

    What if you like the old dashboard?


  28. Fire 104

    I liked the old Dashboard layout better. 😥


  29. Matt

    Sorry the old dashboard is gone forever. If you give this one a chance though it may grow on you.


  30. sandgroper14

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Far more usable with everything you need just one click away. I love the blog stats summary and the tabbed options to switch between blogs. And the notice of how many comments are in the spam queue, right there at the top. Thank you!!


  31. cedequack

    Amazing! I have just view changes. Make the good work


  32. Editor

    Awesome! Compact, modular, colorful, user friendlier, like getting new software, like the more analytical arrangement of statistics, looove statistics, and did I say I like the new changes? It makes me think of Spring. It’s a springy sort of thing.


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  35. rbvergara

    Thanks for your hardwork…


  36. midclass

    I have a Mac, I use Safari… now I can totally enjoy my blog!

    Thanks a lot!


  37. Daisy

    OOH! Yummy! A great surprise! Love the new dashboard!


  38. ukasaka

    I quite like the new theme, especially since it still works with my favourite browsers. Congrates on the 300000 new blogs last month.

    Keep up the great work


  39. Magik Quilter

    Well I woke up this morning, logged on, and I think it is great. I especially like the sound of the built in galleries.


  40. The Passenger

    Absolutely love it. Thanks people!


  41. darkophoto

    Wonderful, I love the widgets on the Dashboard, though I’ll need some time to get used to new design…

    Everything’s really cool. Now, is it just my lucky day or the new 3.0 TinyMCE no longer has that annoying “automatic space removal”? (like when you have a new sentence and delete first letter of it, and it instantly delete the space before the letter/after the dot of the previous sentence) Thank God that is gone!

    Also, is there a way we can have a ajax-save-and-really-continue-writing? Without page reload?

    And at last, will our current and/or future RSS feeds not be cut-out if we use tag?

    Thanks for a great update and wrap-up!


  42. skykid

    I was expecting this upgrade . Thank you for all you do for us bloggers !


  43. Matt

    The “save” button works like the “save and continue” button used to. The auto-save is a lot better too, so when you’re working on a draft it’s now saved at least once a minute.

    Your feeds are no longer cut off if you use the more tag.


  44. Qthgrq

    Ummm, where’s the authors widget gone?


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  46. Matt

    The author widget was broken/lost. It should be back now.


  47. Keith Olbermann Is Evil

    Holy cow! What a shock when I logged on a little while ago.

    Looks pretty cool. I like it.

    Thanks, WP folks.


  48. Critical Badger

    I cannot insert a link nor check the spelling on my posts due to the new update.


  49. Dimas




  50. Matt

    Spell checking is still broken, we’re tracking it down, but for the link problem it’s just your browser cache. Clear out all your caches and restart your browser and try again. You could also try right-clicking in the blank area and telling it to “reload frame.”


  51. PiensoLuegoPiensoLuegoExisto

    (sorry, but my english stinks)
    It’s nicer and more helpful, it’s easier to find things in Dashboard too. I’ve seen some of this in a site. I’m still looking, but it’s very useful and pretty the new design.

    Thx and good work!


  52. T.

    I don`t like it!
    Sorry, but the first one was much better for fast and easy blogging. For example the Categorys. Now I´ve got to scroll – it was much easier on the right side.


  53. Sylvaron

    Wow! The new dashboard is absolutely amazing, seriously. It looks a lot cleaner and more organized. All of the pages are crisp, and the new wysiwyg editor is a great deal better than the old one. Good job.


  54. KC

    I absolutely love the new dashboard. Fabulous new look. Congrats!


  55. missprofe

    When I went to my dashboard and saw the new design, I said to myself, “Whoa!” I do really like it, however.:)


  56. ValleyGirl

    Yipes, and geee-zowee, I was writing away, got interrupted with the screen message about updating the server, and when I got back on everything was ….DIFFERENT. I’m figgerin’ it out! I think I like it, I think I like it. Yup, it’s gonna be good. Like already that I can change my categories without losing my entries, and the photo upload is much easier. Thanks so much. Just wish I would have gotten an email or advanced noticed as a screen message on the Dashboard that the change was coming 🙂 but no worries, I’m happy.


  57. the rufus

    Hey folks – I’m deeply impressed by the new features even if I don’t find anything any longer, but this keeps me up searching for it 😆

    No, just joking – the media library is quite nice.

    One thing you may work on: the UI language mix for non-english users …

    And the best – it’s sooooooo fast now. THANKS a lot ❗


  58. samaha

    I have to say – I completely freaked out when I logged in just now but do like what I see so far – can’t wait to try the features out!


  59. zud3652

    Are you going to change the blue bar that goes on top of the blog when you are logged in to match the new red and white theme?


  60. Robert Ortega

    This is all great news! I love the edition of the embeddable galleries. 🙂


  61. Matt

    zud3652, we’re planning to update the admin bar, but not sure when yet.


  62. immorfo

    Nice new Dashboard

    Tanx Matt!


  63. anas

    Oh, it was really surprised me Matt. All looks so great and nice. Thanks Matt, I really love this 😀


  64. marcys

    I love the new design! Maybe I just needed a change, but it looks fabulous–prettier, cleaner, more accessible, and I can tell the images are going to be easier to work with now. The only thing is, and I know you can’t respond here–I haven’t yet figured out just HOW to post an image. I’ll have to go to forums, or you may here from me later.

    Thanks for all your hard work!


  65. Edmund

    Umm, nice? I guess?


  66. malctg

    It is very unfamiliar. I preferred it as it was. The worst problem I have come across so far is the spell check, it does not seem to function now.


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  68. gabyalcantara

    Oh My! This is great! I was logging to my blog and what a change! love it!



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  70. Wordsmith

    I LIKE it!!!


  71. Nyy8

    Well i like the old one better but this is fine


  72. lizwired

    Loving it! Thanks for all the awesome goodies. WordPress rocks the house!


  73. mangoeni

    New Dashboard, Nice n SImple

    Thx a lot Matt.


  74. dekerivers

    I noticed that when the new dashboard was added that my author profile a


  75. sterileeye


    The Media Library makes managing images much easier!



  76. Rev

    Where am I? What am I doing here? What the heck?!? This is going to take a little adjustment… 😉 Thanks for taking feedback seriously.


  77. skywindows

    I was in the middle of writing a post when you made the change. I thought I had hit a wrong button or something and broke wordpress lol.

    It will take some getting used to, but I am sure it will be worth all the changes.


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  79. Woeful

    Awesome Job!


  80. dekerivers

    I noticed that when the new dashboard was added, which I like very much, my author picture which was on a widget was instantly deleted from my blog. I made no changes to the blog with that picture or widget, so am assuming ‘something’ happened.


  81. Gorm

    Looks terrific!


  82. Manuel Reis

    It’s very very cool, but I’m having a few issues with the stats page. I’ve already sent an e-mail to you, guys.


  83. jenefur

    I don’t suppose there is a way to change that horrid orange color on the dash.


  84. Matt

    jenefur, actually you can select the “classic” color scheme on your profile. We’ll be adding more colors soon.


  85. Ryan

    Seems very cluttered to me.
    I will get used to it though.


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  87. artpredator

    I hate the new dashboard.

    Yes there are some new groovy gizmos.

    But I still hate it.

    And, No learning the new dashboard is not like riding a bike. It’s more like now that I’ve learned how to ride a bike, you’ve taken the bike away and giving me stilts.

    I was all excited about ideas for a new post and now I don’t feel like going there. I will but I don’t really want to.


  88. Paul C. Quillman

    I despise the new Dashboard. It is too cluttered.


  89. artpredator

    I apologize for not thanking you all for all your hard work to make wordpress the best it can be.

    THANK YOU! (sorry I hate the new dashboard)


  90. Stephen Rees

    Well it is not working well for me yet. I have found it takes forever to get to the point where I can actually use the image I have uploaded. I like the fact that the bar indicates progress, but everything seems to stall once it starts “crunching”. Succesful uploads to blog after half an hour – zero.


  91. Matt

    Stephen, the crunching is when it’s resizing it. If you’re uploading a giant image that might take longer.


  92. kayinmaine

    Matt, I was caught off guard at first when I saw the new dashboard, but now that I’ve taken a spin around it, bravo! It’s wonderful. Thanks so much. 🙂


  93. museditions

    Thank you. It has improved functionality. I know it’s startling, at first, but, take a deep breath, and give it a little time. I like having lots of information on the main dashboard page. Change is good! 🙂


  94. magician2magici

    really pretty job here
    at first i felt as i was hacked or something
    then i felt weird
    then i liked it !
    it’s amazing
    new features are really what we need
    thanks 🙂



  95. Savage

    Definitely cool guys. Good job, I’ll be looking forward to experimenting with things…hopefully my writers and editors will be able to figure things out.

    Thanks for the cool update, can’t wait for you all to allow google ads!


  96. Hansen's Bulldog

    The new dashboard doesn’t allow me to edit comments before moderating them. That’s unfortunate.


  97. Matt

    Hansen, to edit a comment click on the commenter’s name. To edit a post click on the title. To edit your profile click on your name in the top right.


  98. bríde

    Hmmm… the new dashboard was a big shock when I signed-in, but I think I’ll grow to like it. Thanks for all your hard work!


  99. tsopanis

    excellent work 😉


  100. Kitsune

    Thank you for the dashboard update. I like the changes in general, but I feel that too much space is wasted in the current design, especially in the upper part of the page. Right Now orange bar is redundant since you can click Write from the same window. The title of the blog on the dashboard and the word Dashboard itself is too large. These are all minor things, but I just wanted to let you know.


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