Restore the Old WordPress Admin Panel Learn how to make our WordPress admin panel look like it used to Amongst many great features, WordPress 3.8 introduced a new, shiny look for the admin area. Although trendy, its dark colours may look strange to webmasters that are used to the old looks. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make your WordPress admin panel look like it used to. All you need to do is to install a small plugin named wp-admin classic. Simply install and activate it, following the instructions in our tutorial on how to install WordPress plugins. Right after that, your admin panel will look like you’re used to!