With WordPress Update, A Lot More Websites Will Be Completely Responsive

WordPress 3.8 comes less than two months after version 3.7, bringing with it redesigned themes, a streamlined dashboard, and refreshed admin interface.

Clarification: The Wordpress 3.8 rollout brings a new magazine-style default theme called 2014, which is responsive on mobile devices. As commenters have pointed out, the dashboard is also responsive.

WordPress, which powers about 20% of the Internet, released an update to its content management system Thursday making its sites responsive on mobile devices. WordPress 3.8 comes less than two months after version 3.7, bringing with it redesigned themes, a streamlined dashboard, and refreshed admin interface.

To manage the update of an open-source project with hundreds of contributors, Automattic and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg said major features were built as plug-ins, allowing individuals to iterate on their own before merging them into the codebase.

However, not all users are so thrilled for this update, with some complaining about the rapid release cycle. "We’re unapologetic about trying to get improvements in the hands of our community as soon as possible, but I do agree with you that upgrades can be a burden," said Mullenweg, replying to a blog post comment. "How I’d like to solve that is not by avoiding upgrades, but by making them so seamless and effortless that people wouldn’t mind if we did them every day."

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  • Jeremiah Williams

    Just installed it earlier / it looks extremely promising !! Gonna convert a site or build a new one using this beautifully designed grid layout cms!! Can't wait to take it for a real test drive!!

  • Alex

    Sorry, but this statement is not correct and not true, update make admin dashboard responsive, bot the web site which depends on template you use

  • Kenny Landes

    Uh, yeah, maybe before you make such a lofty claim, you should know WTF you are talking about. Just a suggestion.

  • Donna D. Fontenot

    A lot more websites will be more responsive? Um...no. Sigh...This article should be deleted.

  • Logos Creative

    "WordPress, which powers about 20% of the Internet, released an update to its content management system Thursday making its sites responsive on mobile devices."

    To clarify, the *admin area* is now responsive. 3.8 doesn't change anything on the front-end, unless you use the new 2014 theme.

  • Chad Stevens

    Could you explain more about "more sites will be completely responsive"? How will this update achieve that?

  • Rob Golbeck

    It won't. The dashboard is responsive. The user's website is only responsive if it uses a responsive theme.

  • Chad Stevens

    That's what I was thinking... The title to this article should be changed.

  • DannyZawacki

    The title drew me in, and then had very little to do with the article. This kind of journalism is the worst.

  • Rob Golbeck

    An actual review would have been more useful than a screenshot too... I posted a comment saying as much but it's still in moderation. :)

    If you're looking for a decent overview of what's in the update, check out this article: http://torquemag.io/wordpress-...