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Ever wanted WordPress to look…well…different? More shiny? I know I do. Sometimes when I login to some of my payment gateways like Stripe or Square, I’m a little jealous of the interface. Why doesn’t WordPress look more like that?
Well, the answer is simple: different strokes for different strokes. WordPress is beautiful in it’s own way and the minimalist color palette doesn’t clash with the majority of sites. Having said, that, there’s no reason we can’t have a little fun our own right? Of course not! Especially with WordPress’ incredible library of hooks and functions, we should be able to change the look and feel of the admin without conflicting with ANY third-party plugins and thereby provide a more modern user-experience for our clients.
With that in mind, here’s a teaser of OUR take on revamping the UI for the WordPress admin…click to see the full size image…
As you can see, we’ve basically focused on 3 areas…
- Modified the Toolbar to be slightly larger and given it a fresh color scheme.
- Modified the Left Sidebar with a darker contrasting color scheme AND replaced all icons with a custom icon font to provide monochrome vector-based icons.
- Increased the padding to the main window to provide for a cleaner look.
- Restyled all buttons – these were “inspired” by Google’s interfaces.
Anyway, let us know what you think in the comments below!