WordPress 3.8 Arrives with Redesigned Dashboard

WordPress.org today announced the debut of WordPress 3.8, which introduces a modern new design that the company calls its “most beautiful update yet.” You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it’s 6.1MB).

Dubbed “Parker” in honor of American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, WordPress 3.8 brings a new look to the entire admin dashboard.

The new features are as follows:

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: With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

High definition at high speed: WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes: WordPress now includes eight new admin color schemes, which can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management: The new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Click to add more information, and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through themes.

Smoother widget experience: The widgets screen has been streamlined. On large monitors, multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space while on tablets, just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen: Turn your blog into a magazine with this new theme. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

via WordPress 3.8 Arrives with Redesigned Dashboard.

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The Science Behind Fonts (And How They Make You Feel)

Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.

I’ve noticed how seemingly small things like font and the spacing between letters can impact how I feel when reading online.

The right font choice along with the absence of sidebars and popups makes everything feel easier and better to read.

Websites like Medium, Signal vs. Noise, and Zen Habits are like yoga studios for content. Their presentation of content puts me at peace while reading, allowing me to fully focus on the stories without distraction.

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Blogging is the new resume: Why less is not always more – The Next Web

Ryan Hoover is the co-creator of Product Hunt, creator of Startup Edition, and instructor at Tradecraft. Follow him at @rrhoover or visit his blog to read more about startups and product design.

Can we all agree resumes are crummy? Can you really communicate your life’s accomplishments and skill-set through an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper? Does anyone even read your resume anyway?

These manufactured documents might help weed you out from the obvious “hell no” candidates, but do a poor job of communicating your capabilities. More often than not, hiring managers rely on trusted recommendations and evaluate applicants based on tangible things they have accomplished. And this is where GitHub shines.

GitHub can be a fantastic resume for software developers. The open platform showcases candidates’ creations, free to inspect and critique. Well-kept GitHub profiles exemplify one’s breadth and expertise in various programming languages and their contributions to open source and side projects, exemplify programmers’ eagerness to create. GitHub shows hiring managers what they have accomplished. That’s a lot better than telling in a resume.

via Blogging is the new resume: Why less is not always more – The Next Web.

How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition

Blogging is like the modern day welcome mat, showing passers-by that someone is home and will probably answer the doorbell if you ring it.For startups, this is particularly important as you strive to establish your voice and brand point of view. Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog can help you establish thought leadership, build SEO, and promote things that central to your brand’s messaging.But not all corporate blogs are created equal. When it comes to starting a blog, there are a few basic parameters to consider.

via How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition.