In my WordPress college courses, we make it a habit to have a minimum of four tabs open in the web browser before class starts, ready to start jumping into WordPress. I equate this to having my notebook of paper and pen ready to go when my teachers started teaching in school. The three tabs are:
- Class Notes
- WordPress site backend/Admin
- WordPress test site front end
Depending upon the exercises in the class, additional tabs may be opened for quick access to the information they need to complete the tasks.
For those working on their own laptops, and for you, this process will be even easier and faster by learning about how to pin tabs to preserve them from session to sessions, and how to customize the browser to restore the tabs open during your last session.
In this tutorial on the web browser and WordPress in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course, we will explore the power of browser tabs, one of the greatest feature inventions in the history of the web browser.
What are Browser Tabs?
Originally, if you viewed more than one web page at a time, more than one browser application program had to be running. That ability is still alive and it is referred to as opening a web page in a new window.
What this meant was that you have two full versions of the program running at the same time, or three, or four, or five, or ten, and each one consumed massive resources on the computer. For the user, it meant playing hide and seek with all those open windows, not sure which one you’d just been to and which one you needed.
Instead of opening the web page in a new window, browser tabs meant you could open a web page in a new tab within the program, not start another version of the program. Tabs had order in a lineal fashion, left to right, oldest to youngest opened. It also gave us the ability to easily open, and load web pages in the background and continue reading where we were on the first web page, making our browsing, or surfing as it was originally called, experience faster with less wait times and less burden on our computers.
With two tabs next to each other, it took little or not time for most of us to develop a two tab preview method for working with WordPress, again, saving us time on the wait for a web page to reload and all the opening and closing of web pages as we move around WordPress.