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The Ghosts of WordPress Past

WordPress NewsOzh of has released “A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface.” It’s an amazing step back in time for WordPress fans exploring the changes in the WordPress Administration Panels.

Rich Text Editor on the Write Post Panel in WordPress 1.6For a long time, the Administration Panels, the interface or UI often misnamed the “dashboard”, stayed basically the same. Slowly, the WYSIWYG editor was developed for the Write Panel, named the Rich Text Editor, now Visual Editor, but the core panels stayed the same. With WordPress 2.5, the whole look changed but WordPress basically functioned the same, feeling more like a layer of paint had been applied rather than an overhaul of the functionality.

With WordPress 2.7, the whole interface changed. Jane Wells and the entire WordPress development team and WordPress Community worked together for a year to put the WordPress Administration Panels through a total overhaul based upon massive testing and feedback. No longer would the interface be guesswork and assumptions. Massive testing, surveys, and polls were done to get input from everyone on how things should work, and kudos to everyone involved. It’s an incredible work of art and compromise to get WordPress working more efficiently and beautifully on the administration backend.

In another walk through the past of WordPress, Peter Westwood brought back memories with “Useless graphs (What went before),” showing the WordPress release against repository revision number, time against repository revision number, and WordPress release filesize in kilobytes since the beginning.

All this talk about the history of WordPress has me thinking about my own history with WordPress. Do you have some history with WordPress worth sharing?



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5 Comments

  1. Posted December 31, 2008 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I love Ozh’s post. I haven’t been using wordpress for very long and it’s always nice to see how something has evolved over time.

    Another thing you may find useful is this: Top 10 WordPress Plugin Developers. Shows the top 1000 plugin developers and number of downloads for their plugins. Pretty cool to see who’s on top :)

  2. Posted December 31, 2008 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I will definitely go through the journey of the past five years. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  3. Posted January 2, 2009 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    “Do you have some history with WordPress worth sharing?”

    For us it was the fact that it could make history in the way we used it. April 30th 2005 was our first use of WordPress and post. Using it to Blog about school funding in New Hampshire, we published anything and everything on school funding.

    We ended up in Supreme Court and won. Our attorney told us, in part because they were able to use the data to hold the politicians accountable for the things they had said.

    • Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      @Steve Young: Wait a minute. WordPress went “with you” to the Supreme Court. Wow! That is so cool. I love it! Thanks!

  4. Posted January 3, 2009 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Our community site was a outgrowth of how effective our efforts were in school funding, New Hampshire Communities for Adequate Funding of Education (NHcafe). http://www.NHcafe.com (or org)

    The website was a hybrid, since WordPress was simple in those days. The “Blog” was contributed to every day for the years that the state fought us. Every item relating to school funding was published. Good for us or bad for us, it was the collaboration and the data base that gave us the power to win.

    I am on the school board, in the right place and the right time. With thousands around the world contributing time and talent to WordPress so people like us can make a difference.

    We set up a “vote” WordPress blog for my partner who is now on the Town Council, that “one story a day” became Londonderry Hometown Online News with 2000 articles, 3000 photos and even more comments, in under two years, but that is a story for another day.


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