The evolution of the WordPress dashboard
Just had a client running 2.3 wonder what the new version looked like (2.8.2) and how it would change his site.Â I explained, that other than his “supertheme” K2 may be a bit wonky with a new version of WP- the site would look the same to the viewer- but very different to him.
I did a search of the dashboard design- and found this great post with screen shots from the earliest WP to 2.7 – very interesting, especially to user interface designers:
With the recently launched WordPress 2.7, bloggers now marvel at how clean, beautiful and usable is the new interface. But do you remember what it used to be a couple of months ago? For those who started using WordPress years ago, can you remember what your admin area looked like?
We started with WordPress 1.2, the first of the “modern” dashboards. I have to say, that I agree with most assessment of the changes. The thing that has driven me mad the most, has been the playing with the “Press this” function through time- and the really crappy picture upload interface (4 choices that all present the same uploader screen is just LAME).
But, compared to other CMS options- WordPress remains the hands down simplest for the most effect.