WordPress.com Design Update for a More Intuitive Experience

As technology products grow, it’s important to evolve. We’ve updated WordPress.com’s interface to make it more coherent and logical, allowing everyone to use it more intuitively.

We’re excited to tell you more about WordPress.com’s new navigation experience. The update makes managing your entire site more intuitive and creates consistency across all parts of WordPress.com. This update also allows you all to take advantage of the wider WordPress open source community, creating the same admin menu as WordPress.org that you see referenced in lots of documentation and tutorials.

As we continue to grow, we’ve heard that navigating WordPress.com could be confusing because of different sidebars layouts, menus, etc. We listened to your feedback and ran usability tests on new designs to improve the experience.  

Updated Sidebar Menu Design in WordPress.com

This design update combines sidebars and menus that were mismatched and streamlines them into one dashboard that’s consistent for everyone.

For many of you, there will be little to no change in how you use WordPress.com. For those of you who access advanced features, you can easily enable wp-admin as your default view in your Account Settings. We’re surfacing most menu items from third-party plugins and themes by default. You can learn more about interface and account settings here.

While you’re in Account Settings, give your WordPress.com interface a new color scheme. You can now choose a color for your dashboard.

Thanks for the continued feedback to make WordPress.com more intuitive to use for all. You can also join an ongoing conversation about this new navigation experience in our WordPress.com Forums. And we’re not done yet – we’ll continue to listen and evolve as WordPress.com grows. Happy WordPressing!


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  1. David Boles

    This update is slick and clean. I’m old school. I have always preferred the ugly backend Admin interface; and now I still have it, but beautified, and still functional, and with all my mechanical levers still in place! Thank you!

    Liked by 30 people

  2. slapshtickwithatwist

    I absolutely do not like the new format.

    Liked by 27 people

  3. Frames of Life Blog

    Thanks for the update!

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Maya

    Love the new site updates!! I can see everything in one place now!

    Liked by 13 people

  5. ashleyleia

    What new navigation experience? I’m being forced to use wp-admin even though I haven’t toggled it on.

    Liked by 20 people

    • Austin Lau

      The toggle turns on wp-admin advanced controls but there isn’t a toggle to turn on the new navigation experience. If you go into your account settings (https://wordpress.com/me/account), you can confirm whether it is toggled off but your default view when you login to your WordPress.com account should be this updated experience. If not, please do let us know.

      Liked by 11 people

      • ashleyleia

        It’s defaulting my posts and pages to show as the wp-admin view, and the only way I seem to be able to get the calypso view if I manually type in the URL wordpress.com/posts/mentalhealthathome.org

        Liked by 12 people

        • Austin Lau

          After further review, some sites require you to input that full URL in order to get the “non wp-admin” view and after looking at your site, this will be the case for you. So in the meantime, please bookmark that URL as it’s going to be the best way to get that view you want for your posts and pages.

          Liked by 7 people

  6. muhammad yaqoob

    wow amazing

    Liked by 9 people

  7. nadinedelepouve

    Bonjour, C’est un peu compliqué ! Could I have your explanations in French ? For example, I can’t find “edition classique” as bloc when I write an article ! Thank you !

    Liked by 8 people

    • Austin Lau

      Bonjour. This is not a block but an automatic update to the WordPress.com interface and experience. If you want to turn on (or off) wp-admin advanced controls, that is done through your account settings. You can go to https://wordpress.com/me/account (Réglages du compte) and change between wp-admin being on and off where it says “Apparence du tableau de bord.”

      Liked by 8 people

  8. Aditya Rana

    But some themes have no showing images

    Liked by 9 people

    • Austin Lau

      Hi! Can you please tell us more about what you mean – which images?

      Liked by 9 people

      • Aditya Rana

        Hey respected austin Visit my website u can check gofufa.org i dont know why my content pic is not showing u can check it whats the error

        Liked by 12 people

        • Austin Lau

          Thanks for sharing this. Your site, gofufa.org, is not hosted with WordPress.com, so the interface update here will not impact it. It looks like potentially an issue with media storage? You should double-check with your web host and they can better help you out!

          Liked by 11 people

          • Aditya Rana

            Thanx austin my friend i understan i hosted with 1 & 1 ionos thanx for the information you give me idea and solve my problem

            Liked by 8 people

  9. Shari Eberts

    This makes it much harder to use! Specifically if I want to have AMP set on standard (which I always did), my logo now covers much of the page when I am trying to write a post. This is not good.

    Liked by 16 people

  10. Jana Bouc

    Is this PC only or iOS as well?

    Liked by 9 people

  11. Aashwinshanker

    I’m from Gen. Z. I’ve been using social media from the past 12-13 years or so… but nothing is more satisfying for me than posting a blog on WordPress.

    Liked by 14 people

  12. itsonepeter3

    Thanks for the update

    Liked by 13 people

  13. Charlene Latimer

    Everything is much easier

    Liked by 15 people

  14. Nilzeitung

    vielen dank !!!!!!!!!!(((*L*))))))

    Liked by 13 people

  15. Ab

    Always appreciate the updates. Your website and platform is very user friendly!

    Liked by 13 people

  16. yukakohohi

    Thank you for sharing this one.I really appreciate this post.

    Liked by 11 people

  17. kavindyasewmini

    thank you for sharing this one

    Liked by 14 people

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