How to Change the WordPress Admin Interface Colors

Since January, I’ve been upgrading WordPress websites and blogs to WordPress 3.8.1. After each upgrade, I test, and then I ask my clients to take a look and provide their feedback. One comment I have been hearing a lot is how dark the new WordPress Admin Interface default color scheme is.

Here’s a look at the WordPress admin interface in earlier 3.x versions. Although it is simple, the change in the width and color of the border lines made it look like there was depth to the design.

WordPress dashboard in earlier 3.x versions


Here’s the WordPress admin interface default color scheme installed with WordPress 3.8.1. Flat, straight color changes; no depth.

WordPress dashboard in version 3.8.1

Kind of dark for my taste, too.

The VERY good news for WordPress bloggers is that the new admin interface colors can be changed. Well, actually, the color scheme could always be changed. Before, we only had two schemes to choose from – so it felt like we had no choices. With this new version of WordPress, there are 8 color schemes to choose from. Here’s a look at the differences in the admin interface color scheme choices.

WordPress dashboard color schemes

To change the color scheme for the WordPress admin interface *:

  1. Log into the dashboard
  2. Hover over “Users” on the (left) menu and choose “Your Profile”
  3. When your profile customization page displays, you will see the choices as shown above in the “New Choices” section. Tick the circle to the left of the color scheme you prefer.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of your profile and click Update Profile.
  5. You will see the results immediately.

Rinse and repeat if you want…This is easy enough that you can do it as many times as you want until you find a color scheme that fits you! And when you get bored, come back and do it again!

* The admin interface color scheme display is a personal choice, so, this process will need to be repeated for each User.


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