Ozh of PlanetOzh 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.
For 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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