While the design update in WordPress 3.2 is certainly not of the magnitude of the redesign that 2.7 saw, it represents a significant step forward for WordPress as a platform. Despite the many significant updates, it’s odd how quickly we adapt to the change and even forget what things used to look like. After using 3.2 for a few days it’s easy to forget what all the changes between 3.1 and 3.2 were. And that’s a good thing.
If you’re using 3.2 and aren’t quite sure of each of the subtle design changes it brought, skim through the gallery below and reminisce on how things used to be. And in the future, when you want to remember what the 3.1 to 3.2 visual shift was like, don’t forget about this post.
For each of the images below, version 3.1 is on the left and 3.2 is on the right. Clicking any of them will bring up the full image.
I overlooked the login screen tweaks at first, but after signing in once or twice they caught my eye. Notice the general tightening up, the hard corners, and one link per line under the form itself.
I spend most of my days with this screen open in a tab. Many of the changes this time around can be spotted from this screen, which contains quite a bit of the new user interface.
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I noticed the new widget design right away. The areas themselves are much lighter, with hard corners on each of them. It’s likely just in my head, but moving the widgets themselves around feels much more responsive as well.
Notice the visual treatment given to the Press This bookmarklet.
Freedoms (new to 3.2)
WordPress Credits (new to 3.2)
Share your thoughts
Are you used to the overall design changes in the new version? Do you find that it has affected your use of WordPress in any way?
Oh, and before I forget: if you’re looking for a bit of background and insight on the design of 3.2, see Matt Thomas’ blog post on the topic.