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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?

Since I have an archive of all versions of WordPress on my development computer for function implementation historical purpose, I thought it could be fun and interesting to install them all and get reminded of what we used to use.

Ready for five years of UI evolution, from 0.7.1 in 2003 to 2.7 in 2008? Let's go!

WordPress 0.7.1 (May 2003)

The first version of WordPress had a clunky manual install procedure with a bloated b2config.php file, where you had to edit a bunch of stuff.


The landing page of wp-admin was directly the "Write Post": no dashboard in those ages of prehistoric blogging, no emphasis of satellite tasks such as managing comments. You could only assign one category to a post.

Simple interface, simple menus with no sub-menu. The page where you would manage users was called "Team" which I find interesting.

WordPress 1.0.1 (January 2004)

Weeee, the WordPress version I began playing with!


A major maturity step had been made with this version: the genuine concise wp-config.php as we still now it, almost unchanged. This is when WordPress was really born and quitted from being a half baked B2 fork.

The whole interface already looks like to what it's going to be for a couple of years. You can notice that this version introduced the ability to assign an arbitrary number of categories to a post (which was precisely what caught my interest at this time)

I remember the default look, still available as "classic", getting a lot criticism at this time.


WordPress 1.2 (May 2004)

Not a lot of change in the design, but still a revolution in the coding world: notice in the admin menu an new entry, labelled… "Plugins". Oh my. Now this is getting seriously fun.


WordPress 1.5 (February 2005)

This version introduced a menu logic that was going to last pretty long: top level links with submenus (precisely what enticed me to make the Admin Drop Down Menu plugin a few months later) Not sure why the logo is all messed up on my screenshot, I'm pretty sure it wasn't like this back in the days :)


Major change in the blogging philosophy: now with "Pages", not just "Posts". Major change in the coding philosophy: the menu "Template" is now labelled "Presentation" and gives access to… Themes! Themes, shipped with "Kubrick" (still known as "default") was probably the feature that really launched WordPress as an ubiquitous platform with an ever growing community.

This version also brings the beginnings of a dashboard. Nothing was using AJAX so things were rather slowed down when it would fetch news from the dev blog or the planet.


A few months later, WordPress 1.5.1 shows a slight variation in the layout: no more WordPress logo and light grey page background.

WordPress 2.0 (December 31, 2005)

Just in time for the party, say hello to the "big blue header".


The Write Post interface got a major overhaul: a real WYSIWYG editor, and movable/expandable items to make yourself comfortable and put oftenly use features on top of the page (aka "above the fold")

Notice the "Import" menu: while importing from other platforms such as Blogger or MovableType was a feature since 1.0, it got more proeminent in this release. "Take over the world"?

WordPress 2.1 (January 2007)

Nothing much on the top of the iceberg.

Visible changes in this version: "Links" renamed "Blogroll", "Comments" gets its own menu.


The Dashboard gets a pretty much needed AJAX enhancement, allowing for faster loading.


WordPress 2.3 (September 2007)

Right below the main textarea, you'll notice a new little feature: "Tags" appeared in this version, with huge impacts on the DB architecture that for once broke quite a few themes during the upgrade.


WordPress 2.5 (March 2008)

The "DO NOT WANT" release: an attempt to reorganize the user interface that was, in my opinion, a major failure.

Admin links spread in 4 different locations all over the place, half of the information "below the fold" for maximum scrolling, menu links renamed with no logic and a washed out look. If you ask me, I hated this release, UI wise.

The Dashboard got a rework, and it started to become more customizable and usable instead of a rather useless static page.


WordPress 2.6 (September 2008?)

Two little new features show in the screenshot: a word count in the Write Post interface (wow) and the "Turbo" link for using Google Gears.


WordPress 2.7 (December 2008)

"Hey, wait a minute, is it the same platform? Everything looks so different!"


Now that's a redesign I like. The dev team asked users what they wanted and what they liked, and the result is light years beyond what the design studio produced for 2.5 six months earlier. One word to summarize it all: "Above the fold!".

The Dashboard is much more useful now and is a page from where you can interact with your blog, instead of just reading information.


Now what?

So far, UI wise, 2.7 is the best release to date, with, at last, a real menu where any page is reachable from any other page. I hope that the next major release won't change everything in the layout once again, and I do have the feeling that this design will last some time.

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  1. 1
    Ryan New Zealand (Aotearoa) »
    said, on 15/Dec/08 at 4:20 pm # :

    Thanks for this. It's nice to see how the platform has developed over the years.

    Good point about 2.5 and how it was supposedly developed 'by professionals'. The community advised approach seems to have been much more effective in creating a better user interface.

    I assumed WordPress had a wysiwyg editor for a long time, interesting to hear it was only from 2.0 on. I think that's about the point I first tried out WordPress.

  2. 2
    Eine Zeitreise durch die Entwicklung des... Germany »
    pingback on 15/Dec/08 at 7:09 pm # :

    […] hat sich die Mühe gemacht alte WordPress-Versionen zu installieren und nimmt uns mit auf eine Zeitreise durch die Entwicklung des Administrationsbereichs. Angefangen bei Version 0.7.1 aus dem Jahr 2003, bis zur aktuellen Version […]

  3. 3
    Andreas Germany »
    said, on 15/Dec/08 at 8:29 pm # :

    Thank you for this nice history lesson!

    I am really surprised how much I like the look of version 0.7.1 (I started with 2.3): it seems so clean and easy and light compared to the sometimes uberinformational interfaces.

  4. 4
    Florian Germany »
    wrote, on 15/Dec/08 at 8:42 pm # :

    Thanks for this great wayback-machine-a-like!

    The 0.7.1 admin interface is the only interface I would need…

    The rest I would simply code…

    Greetings from Germany

  5. 5
    ...paul United Kingdom »
    thought, on 15/Dec/08 at 11:30 pm # :

    Really interesting, thank you. :) I've liked the 2.7 UI a lot since first seeing. Comparing it to the others in this way tells me why I like it so much.

    I think the first time I looked at WordPress was around version 1.5, but I couldn't really see how it would fit my needs at the time. Started properly at version 2.3, with very different needs, a different project, that WordPress is perfect for. Frustrating thing is, now I understand WordPress a little better, I think I could have done what I wanted back at 1.5 — and I wouldn't have a 100+ page hand-built website to migrate at some point.

  6. 6
    Gaby - colours of the soul » klein... Germany »
    pingback on 16/Dec/08 at 8:54 am # :

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  7. 7
    Ian Australia »
    replied, on 16/Dec/08 at 12:06 pm # :

    Thanks for that; was something I was thinking about doing this weekend. Nice to be reminded of how things evolved – Pretty sure I started at 0.7.1 but don't think I missed much skipping over 2.1 – 2.5!

  8. 8
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  9. 9
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  10. 10
    Jeffro2pt0 United States »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 1:17 pm # :

    Awesome compilation Ozh. I started using WordPress during 2.2 and I remember when I was using the popular Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. Thankfully WordPress 2.3 had a tag importer from UTW which was nice. However, I remember that the change in the database dealing with categories gave many people issues. Love your description of WordPress 2.5 and as far I'm concerned, 2.7 is the best version I've used thus far. I hope they continue to pile icing on top of the 2.7 cake.

  11. 11
    Michael Carnell United States »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 1:28 pm # :

    Thanks for a useful look back. I have been using WP since around version 1.5. Back in the old days I was still installing TypePad on some systems and WordPress on others. Even just used Blogger for a while. All that is behind me now!

    WordPress 2.7 finally feels like a useful mature application, not just a platform. With it I really don't feel the need to have a local machine based authoring platform that I then have to publish online from.

    Congratulations to WordPress! Oh, and you should throw a screen shot of the iPhone app in there just for goofs and giggles.

  12. 12
    Xavier France »
    replied, on 16/Dec/08 at 1:29 pm # :

    I did the exact same thing for the intro of a forthcoming book – it was written many moons ago, hope you're not planning on suing me for stealing the idea ;-)

  13. 13
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  14. 14
    Jeremy Netherlands »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 1:41 pm # :

    Man, I only started using WordPress about a month ago, so I have only a little more experience with the 2.5 interface compared to the (far superior) 2.7 one. Always nice to get a good history lesson though. WP has made quite some progress over the years.

  15. 15
    Kim United States »
    replied, on 16/Dec/08 at 1:55 pm # :

    Thanks for the look back. I played around with WordPress over the years, but it was never what I needed for the project I was working on at the time. I got started really using WordPress for projects at the 2.3.2 stage earlier this year, and have to say that the 2.7 interface puts the finishing touch on what is already a powerful publishing platform, whether it is a simple blog or a complex website.

  16. 16
    MK Philippines »
    commented, on 16/Dec/08 at 4:43 pm # :

    hard to believe its been this long hahaha

  17. 17
    flöschen Switzerland »
    commented, on 16/Dec/08 at 4:52 pm # :

    Thanks for the look back into "history". ;-) It's amazing that in so short time the technology evolved so quickly!

  18. 18
    Cabalamat United Kingdom »
    replied, on 16/Dec/08 at 5:16 pm # :

    I hope that the next major release won’t change everything in the layout once again, and I do have the feeling that this design will last some time.

    It had better do. It pisses me off severely when the design changes just as I had got used to the last change.

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  20. 20
    mkjones United Kingdom »
    wrote, on 16/Dec/08 at 5:54 pm # :

    Aw come on. 2.5 wasn't THAT bad and at least they hurried along and fixed the issues with 2.7.

    You were right about the admin areas being spread all over the place. I lost count of the amount of times I enabled a plug-in and had NO idea where the settings would be…

  21. 21
    Taylor Dewey United States »
    commented, on 16/Dec/08 at 6:04 pm # :

    Wow, I didn't realize that WordPress was so young. Makes me feel less like a fool for not knowing about it in 2003 when I was busy re-inventing the wheel in PHP.

    I also didn't realize that 2.5 was disliked so much (That's the version I started on). I agree, though, that 2.7 is much, much better in terms of UI.

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  23. 23
    Editor B United States »
    thought, on 16/Dec/08 at 6:35 pm # :

    Fantastic. I started using WordPress around the same time as you, March 28, 2004. It has been a pleasure to see the steady increase in quality over the years. It would have been a cool tribute if they had named 2.0 "Armstrong" since it came out just as New Orleans was struggling to get on its feet, but ah well. I'm knocked out by 2.7. Thanks for providing this retrospective.

  24. 24
    DouglasVB United States »
    thought, on 16/Dec/08 at 6:40 pm # :

    Oh for the days of WP 0.7.1! I think I still have a copy of my old b2config.php file floating around somewhere. Ahh the memories…

  25. 25
    Adrian Israel »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 7:03 pm # :

    A trip down memory lane!

  26. 26
    Gelay Bhutan »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 7:10 pm # :

    Nice. Somehow, I completely missed 2.5.

  27. 27
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  28. 28
    richardginn United States »
    commented, on 16/Dec/08 at 7:30 pm # :

    This is such a great post.

  29. 29
    Chris United States »
    wrote, on 16/Dec/08 at 7:38 pm # :

    I also started on 1.0.1 and even with its flaws back then, it was always the best platform available. I think that tradition continues with 2.7. Great work.

  30. 30
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  33. 33
    Paul William New Zealand (Aotearoa) »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 10:25 pm # :

    Great article. To think that we could have been stuck with the wordpress 2.6 admin design for years makes me feel sick.

  34. 34
    Sammy Ashouri United States »
    said, on 16/Dec/08 at 11:19 pm # :

    WOOO. Never new wordpress was so ~6 years old!

  35. 35
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  38. 38
    Ben May Australia »
    thought, on 17/Dec/08 at 1:28 am # :

    Wow, some incredible screen grabs-

    LOL at 1st screen shot

  39. 39
    Daniel United States »
    thought, on 17/Dec/08 at 1:51 am # :

    Ugh. No anti-aliased fonts for your screenshots? It makes even the latest release look dated compared to the very first shot.
    You should sneak in the nice fonts around 2.0 to help the transition ;-)

    Good timeline, though. We've come a long way.

  40. 40
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  42. 42
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  43. 43
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  44. 44
    BoltClock Singapore »
    thought, on 17/Dec/08 at 1:45 pm # :

    Ah, the good 'ol times!

    I'd never heard of WordPress before 2005. I had only just begun blogging, and the first platform I used was of course Blogger.

    The first time I found and tried WordPress was in December 2005, @ with, I believe, the WordPress 2.0 interface. However I still stuck with Blogger for the next couple of years, entered a blogging hiatus between 2006 and 2007, but at last started my WordPress 2.2 blog in end of May 2007 and proceeded to shut down my Blogger blogs three months later.

    Since starting BoltPress, I've lived through all the WordPress releases from 2.2 to 2.7, and I've never looked back.

    Cheers for such a great blogging platform like WordPress!

  45. 45
    Dirk Germany »
    commented, on 17/Dec/08 at 1:58 pm # :

    I prefer the first interface look. Simple and clean and in logical order (title, category, status, options, excerpt, content)

  46. 46
    Divyun Raje Vaid India »
    commented, on 17/Dec/08 at 2:42 pm # :

    I started using WordPress back in May but never realized from where WordPress might have evolved from. I started with version 2.5 and was completely impressed by its functionality.
    The menu was a little annoying but your plugin "Ozh' Admin Drop Down Menu" solved the problem. :P
    2.7 is the best and rulezzz!!

  47. 47
    Andrew United States »
    replied, on 17/Dec/08 at 3:50 pm # :

    I started with 2.1, which at the time I thought was amazing (coming from a Xanga blog). Like you I tolerated 2.5 and 2.6. So far I am a huge fan of 2.7 and hope they keep the left-hand navigation in all future releases. Nice post.

  48. 48
    Viper007Bond United States »
    commented, on 17/Dec/08 at 4:51 pm # :

    I still remember using v0.7.1 on my blog. Oh how long ago that was and how far we've come…

  49. 49
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  50. 50
    Kirk M United States »
    thought, on 17/Dec/08 at 6:34 pm # :

    OMG! Version 0.7.1??? (choke-gasp-wheeze-die!)



    Actually I started with 2.0 and I had forgotten how much I'd hate going back to the old interface. And I have to agree, 2.5 may have been a step forward functionality wise but 2.5 made an already clunky menu interface even worse (although the actual Admin pages were showing signs of what was to come).

    Guess when I started using your "Ozh' Admin Drop Down Menus" plugin? Go ahead…guess.

    WordPress 2.7 turns it all around though. Amazing job done by the developers and those ever loyal testers alike. And Kudos to the devs for taking a chance and letting the users drive for awhile.

    Wonderful and memory wrenching post, Mr. Ozh. Makes me want to go right to the closet and dig out the old Apple II-E and fire it up for old times sake.

    Well…maybe not. :P

  51. 51
    cenzi Canada »
    wrote, on 17/Dec/08 at 10:30 pm # :

    do you know that anyone doing automatic upgrading, via a plugin, to the latest version does not get to see the glorious new dashboard?

    why you may ask?

    because one plugin won't allow it. Your drop down one!! crazy shit no?

    Yup, I had to do manual delete via FTP (no biggy, but damn it took me a while to figure it out) but then I could see the new version, and I loved it!

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  54. 54
    Ken United States »
    replied, on 18/Dec/08 at 3:43 am # :

    I agree that v2.5's admin interface was fugly. Ever since I left v2.3, I've been using the Easy Admin Color Schemes plugin, which has the option to reformat v2.5 and v2.6's interface to look like v2.3. Works perfectly for me. I wonder if I'll want or need it in v2.7…

  55. 55
    Lorelle United States »
    commented, on 18/Dec/08 at 4:41 am # :

    Wow, this brings up so many memories. Thanks so much for giving us a step back through the UI history of WordPress. Goodness knows I've blasted each one of those versions at one time or another, and yet loved every one intimately as it was my connection to the would outside of my tiny life.

  56. 56
    Rori United States »
    said, on 18/Dec/08 at 7:14 am # :

    This is SO cool. I cannot believe I have been using WordPress for that long. I remember the day I jumped from MovableType to WordPress. It felt like finding the Holy Grail.

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    ben Japan »
    wrote, on 18/Dec/08 at 12:40 pm # :

    I must have started WordPress at about 1.5 or so thanks a lot for posting this. I just had to link this to my blog for future reference. I am sort of scrambling my way through teaching myself PHP code so that maybe one day I will be able to contribute something of use to the wordpress community. Again thanks for all your hard work.

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  66. 66
    Bryson United States »
    wrote, on 18/Dec/08 at 6:12 pm # :

    So far, UI wise, 2.7 is the best release to date, with, at last, a real menu where any page is reachable from any other page.

    I had that idea like 2 years ago. I thought people thought it was dumb. Glad to see I was on to something atleast. I really really like the new UI.

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    Shari Canada »
    wrote, on 19/Dec/08 at 5:04 am # :

    I first started playing with WordPress when it was version 1.0.1. I think I'm a bit of a weird geek, though, because instead of getting all excited about new WP releases, I tend to get all nostalgic about previous releases. I like simpler, and the internet is going through a very cluttered and noisy phase right now.

    I'm going to hold off on 2.7 for a while. It just looks like it's going to take over my blog somehow. There's too much noise and it doesn't leave me room to just write – actually I find that interesting – the place where we WRITE our actual CONTENT is so tiny! Hmm.

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    Look Back at WordPress’s Past | We... United States »
    pingback on 19/Dec/08 at 7:05 pm # :

    […] since day one, but I have used it a long enough time to remember some of the classics.  Over on planetOzh that have a look back at the past five years of WordPress and the various styles.  Here is a […]

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    WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Awesome, W... United States »
    pingback on 19/Dec/08 at 10:38 pm # :

    […] Ghosts of WordPress Past: Ozh released “A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface” and Peter Westwood brought back memories with “Useless graphs (What went before),” each […]

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    WordPress?????? | Code@Oxidy China »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 4:37 am # :

    […] ????? […]

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    BlogBuzz December 20, 2008 United States »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 12:06 pm # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface. […]

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    The week in links 19/12/08 | Craig Baldw... United States »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 1:17 pm # :

    […]      All six texture sets for $15, only a week left on this offer. 15/  A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface (      With the release of 2.7 it seemed a good time to look back at the past […]

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    Wordpress Updates » Blog Archive &... United States »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 2:18 pm # :

    […] Planet Ozh released a wicked-cool article outlining the journey we have taken as users as far as the WordPress back-end is concerned, and how it has evolved over the years into what can now quite clearly be called a masterpiece! […]

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    Week-Log.296 | Denken Über United States »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 6:35 pm # :

    […] Ozh y la evolucion de la interfaz de WordPress […]

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    WordPress Report For The Week Of Decembe... United States »
    pingback on 20/Dec/08 at 11:42 pm # :

    […] 5 Years Of WordPress – Ozh who is a very active contributor in the WordPress community has published an awesome post which highlights the past five years of WordPress development. The article includes photos as well as short stories regarding each version from 0.7.1 to 2.7. A great way to look at how far WordPress has come.- […]

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    Ben Tremblay Canada »
    wrote, on 21/Dec/08 at 12:41 am # :

    "Above the Fold" … yaa, basic isn't it.

    The one series of EMail I exchanged with TimBL was on that topic. We discussed why, if ever, a web page should be more than 1 screen high. And why, if ever, it would need to ever ever be more than 3 or 4. (I still hate blog homepages that stream down enlessly, as though they're trying to show their entire archive!)

    But it's hard to make things easy … and simplicity is complicated … so this is really a very instructive walk through the evolution of a really fine platform.

    congrats and season's greetings to all hands

    p.s. 500K downloads, and 10000th commit by Ryan! *wh000t!*

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    (Anti) Social-Lists 12/21/08 | (Anti) So... United States »
    pingback on 21/Dec/08 at 1:14 pm # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface – 5 years of WordPress and the interface changes over the years. It's come a long way and I think 2.7 is the best by far. […]

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    Viper007Bond United States »
    thought, on 21/Dec/08 at 3:30 pm # :


    It's quite apparent you haven't tried 2.7 yet. I advise you actually do before commenting on it. ;)

    The Write page is fully widgetized. If you so desire, you can literally remove all of the elements and then drag the content box to make it bigger to fill up your whole screen.

    If that isn't enough screen space for you, then I don't know what is. :)

  82. 82
    Shirley United States »
    commented, on 21/Dec/08 at 10:31 pm # :

    Great post. WordPress has come a long way over these last few years. And soon, the WP developers will commence working on 2.8… I can't imagine what they'll have in store for us.

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    Wishu Germany »
    commented, on 23/Dec/08 at 4:02 pm # :

    Very nice. Thank you for your Work ;)


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    lars Germany »
    said, on 24/Dec/08 at 3:31 am # :

    looks like history ;)
    nice to see.

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    WP Cult United States »
    commented, on 24/Dec/08 at 6:55 am # :

    Thats really cool, I remember climbing aboard the WordPress train around 2.3! :)

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    cuocthiseo Viet Nam »
    said, on 26/Dec/08 at 8:48 am # :

    This is a great history, now I'm wait for WordPress 2.8…

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    Jean-Baptiste Jung Belgium »
    thought, on 27/Dec/08 at 1:30 am # :

    Excellent post! WP grows so quickly.

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    Evolución de la interfaz de Wordpress &... Spain »
    pingback on 27/Dec/08 at 9:58 pm # :

    […] […]

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    WordPress until 2009, and beyond United States »
    pingback on 28/Dec/08 at 4:36 am # :

    […] If you're a WordPress user for a while you can remind yourself of all updates and go through a journey of five years WordPress interface. […]

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    Newsfilter » ?? Top 5 ??? ????????... United States »
    pingback on 28/Dec/08 at 5:02 pm # :

    […] ???????? ??? user interface ??? worpdress ??? ?? 5 ????????? ??????…: ??? ???????? ?? ????? ??? ??????? ?? control panel ??? wordpress […]

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    The week in review - 2008-52 | Java Thin... United States »
    pingback on 29/Dec/08 at 12:07 am # :

    […] a good write up here about the evolution of WordPress. I love stories like this, because it reinforces the fact that software doesn't have to be […]

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    5 años de Wordpress « tejiendo re... United States »
    pingback on 31/Dec/08 at 5:38 am # :

    […] En Planetozh muestran un viaje de 0.7.1 en 2003 a 2.7 en 2008 […]

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    The Ghosts of WordPress Past « Lor... United States »
    pingback on 31/Dec/08 at 1:44 pm # :

    […] Ghosts of WordPress Past 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 […]

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    Stephen R United States »
    commented, on 31/Dec/08 at 7:15 pm # :

    How cool! Thanks Ozh — this was actually quite interesting.

    I think I came over to WordPress around version 2.0 or so — before that I was on Greymatter.

    At my workplace we've just gotten a new web site built on Drupal, and I'm the guy who gets to make updates and such. With virtually every thing I do, I find myself asking "This could have worked so much better on WordPress". A shame WP is billed so strongly as blog software instead of CMS — I think that is a big part of what shot down my arguments to use WP. The fact that the coders did a significantly rough customization (page types and a plugin) doesn't help — but even with that Drupal just doesn't look nearly as polished as WP.

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    Links of the Week (2008/51) :: cimddwc Germany »
    pingback on 02/Jan/09 at 1:35 pm # :

    […] 5 years of WordPress interface from 0.7.1 to 2.7 (via weblog tools collection) […]

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    le blog à Ollie » Toutes les inte... Switzerland »
    pingback on 05/Jan/09 at 7:27 pm # :

    […] Planetozh a publié des captures des interfaces d'administration de WordPress depuis les débuts. Si je me souviens bien, j'ai pris le train WP en 2004 et je n'ai jamais changé de crèmerie. Souvenirs. […]

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    WordCast 41: Cats in boxes- best blog th... United States »
    pingback on 06/Jan/09 at 5:38 am # :

    […] Ozh's Journey through 5 Years of the WP Admin UI […]

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    Camellia Indonesia »
    commented, on 06/Jan/09 at 5:55 am # :

    I still remember WordPress 1.0.1. :) because first time i learn to blog I use blogsome. Until now they still use wp.1.0.1. Because they never update it i move to wordpress . com.
    Honestly , I like wp 2.2 in widget section. It so easy for me to drop widget between sidebar 1 and 2. Not like wp.2.7 which the widget show in drop down menu. But it's just my opinion. Overall i like wordpress. Great CMS today

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    WordCast 41: Cats in boxes- best blog th... United States »
    pingback on 06/Jan/09 at 6:01 pm # :

    […] Ozh's Journey through 5 Years of the WP Admin UI […]

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    ansel United States »
    wrote, on 08/Jan/09 at 12:27 am # :

    I totally agree that the 2.5 UI was horrible and the new one is a huge improvement. Not sure what that design studio was thinking.

  101. 101
    Davor Croatia (Hrvatska) »
    replied, on 10/Jan/09 at 10:06 am # :

    WordPress rockz! It is nice to see screenshots of old versions

  102. 102
    Wordpress Entwicklung der Adminoberfläc... Germany »
    pingback on 14/Jan/09 at 2:31 pm # :

    […] Veränderung von WordPress 0.7.1 bis heute kann man im planetOzh ansehen. Schon interessant wie sich die Blogsoftware entwickelt hat. Mal sehen wohin sich WordPress […]

  103. 103
    Wordpress Entwicklung der Adminoberfläc... Europe »
    pingback on 15/Jan/09 at 8:56 pm # :

    […] Veränderung von WordPress 0.7.1 bis heute kann man im planetOzh ansehen. Schon interessant wie sich die Blogsoftware entwickelt hat. Mal sehen wohin sich WordPress […]

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    John Koetsier Canada »
    replied, on 16/Jan/09 at 5:57 am # :

    Very cool!

    I wanted to see all the Post page images in a single slideshow, so you could flip through them and see the differences easier, so I grabbed them and uploaded a PDF of them to SlideShare:

  105. 105
    5 Years of Wordpress in Pictures : spark... United States »
    pingback on 16/Jan/09 at 6:15 am # :

    […] French blogger, Ozh, posted images of WordPress's admin interface on his blog in December. I just saw it now, but wanted to see the images in a single presentation […]

  106. 106
    5 Years of WordPress Hits SlideShare Hom... United States »
    pingback on 16/Jan/09 at 6:58 pm # :

    […] slide I recently put together of 5 years of Add New Post in WordPress (from Ozh's blog) hit the home page on […]

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    Wordpress Arayüz Geçmi?i · Mür... United States »
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    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface Bu Konuyla ?li?kili Yaz?lar:Firefox 3 : Kullan?c? Arayüzü Özellikleri Mürekkep'in önceki bölümleri serisinde k?saca [tag]firefox 3[/tag] 'ten bahsetmi?tik. Firefox…Twitter ve WordPress Twitter kullanmaya ba?lad?n?z m?? Aç?kças? geçen gün twitter ile ilgili…Wordpress Eklenti Dizini Efendim ne demi?ler. "Teknoloji hayat? kolayla?t?rmak için vard?r." Bu gözle…ThumbStrips ile Firefox Geçmi?iniz Film ?eridi Gibi Aks?n Bu sefer ki konu ba?l??? biraz konu özeti gibi oldu….Wordpress 2.7 "Coltrane" Duyuruldu Evet yeni arayüzü ile uzun bir zamand?r ha ç?kt? ha… Etiketler: Geçmi?, Tarih, wordpress Kategoriler: Blog, Internet, WordPress E-mail Yorumlar Digg Reddit Technorati RSS Nedir? Nas?l Kullanabilirim? Mürekkep.Org üzerinde yaz?lan bu yaz?ya geri izleme linki verebilirsiniz. Arzu ederseniz yorumlar?n?zla katk?da bulunup, bu yaz?ya gelen yorumlar? RSS ile takip edebilirsiniz. Bu yaz? 15 kez görüntülenmi?tir. Mürekkep.Org'a RSS üzerinden abone olabilirsiniz. […]

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    More Random Cool Stuff : Assortments Tod... United States »
    pingback on 20/Jan/09 at 8:55 am # :

    […] In case you haven't heard, WordPress 2.7 rocks.  In honor of WordPress 2.7 eptimozing all that is awesome in a publishing platform, here's a look back at five years worth of WordPress goodness. […]

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    WordPress Lovers United States »
    pingback on 24/Jan/09 at 10:40 pm # :

    […] For those of us who have come a long way with WordPress here's a look at the history of it: A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface. […]

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    Dentaku » A Journey Through Five Y... Germany »
    pingback on 26/Jan/09 at 5:39 pm # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface. « planetOzh 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? aus Delicious/steinhobelgruen  Admin, Blog, Design, Geschichte, GUI, WordPress    […]

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    Evolución del aspecto de Wordpress a lo... Germany »
    pingback on 26/Jan/09 at 8:47 pm # :

    […] PlanetOzh me encuentro una recopilación de los cambios que ha sufrido el panel de administración de WordPress a lo largo de l…. Desde allá por el 2003 hasta ahora además de muchas mejoras y nuevas funcionalidades el panel de […]

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    mad93 Spain »
    replied, on 06/Feb/09 at 5:40 am # :

    I liked your tour for the history of wordpress, but in my opinion you forgot the one-button-update-plugin functionality (without having to pass any parameter/ftp info). Really easy to have wordpress up to date.

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    Ozh France »
    thought, on 06/Feb/09 at 8:21 pm # :

    mad93 » This is not a *feature* history. This is an interface history.

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    WordPress Ticker (12) — Software G... Germany »
    pingback on 12/Feb/09 at 12:12 am # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface gibt es jede Menge Screenshots zu den WP-Administrationsbereichen von der Version 0.7.1 bis zur […]

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    Steffan Germany »
    wrote, on 17/Feb/09 at 4:57 am # :

    good interface

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    Brad Cusworth Australia »
    commented, on 18/Feb/09 at 11:54 am # :

    Since upgrading to 2.7 my dashboard menu items have disappeared. I can't get into anything to alter designs etc.
    Any ideas?

  117. 117
    Ozh France »
    thought, on 18/Feb/09 at 12:34 pm # :

    Brad: deactivate all plugins (ie, if you can't see the plugins page, simply rename wp-content/plugins to wp-content/plugins.old). If that doesn't fix, don't know.

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    WordPress de 0.7 a 2.7 | |... United States »
    pingback on 12/Mar/09 at 3:09 pm # :

    […] Blog PlanetOzh elaborou um post mostrando a evolução da interface do WordPress desde a versão 0.7.1 de maio de 2003 até o WordPress […]

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    Catix → Why WordPress? United States »
    pingback on 25/Apr/09 at 6:58 pm # :

    […] first started experimenting with WordPress 2.0 (a version with the blue header) a few years back, and found it to be a robust publishing platform, especially considering its age. […]

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    Wordpress traverse le temps! | Jeromecol... Canada »
    pingback on 17/May/09 at 4:45 pm # :

    […] vous laisse découvrir la suite ici: et je vous invite à aller remercier Eric sur son blog (qui au passage, est merveilleux): […]

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    WordCast 41: Cats in boxes- best blog th... United States »
    pingback on 18/Jun/09 at 7:12 am # :

    […] Ozh's Journey through 5 Years of the WP Admin UI […]

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    Publika?ní systémy – WordPress 2... United States »
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    WordPress Arayüzünün 5 Y?ll?k Yolculu... Turkey »
    pingback on 22/Jun/09 at 11:03 am # :

    […] Yap?sal de?i?iklikler d???nda yönetim paneli arayüzünde de büyük de?i?iklikler oldu. PlanetOzh son 5 y?l içerisinde, WordPress yönetim arayüzündeki de?i?iklikleri ekran görüntüleriyle […]

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    osorio Australia »
    said, on 28/Jun/09 at 11:26 am # :

    Interesting chronology, year by year it seems that in wp and others that the admin console and user interfaces has evolved I think on the bases of user feedback, security, appearance and ease of navigation. I found it challenging at times with some of the specialized features to learn but in the long run it can be rewarding.

    I do how ever favor wp over the likes of blogger or typepad as my choice in blogging. Currently I'm switching all my blogs to the wp platform a tack that will take a while to complete. My current project blog will be switched soon and I hope to update it with all the mods from this great platform.

    wp doe's have the best skins without a doubt and the user community is very helpful as far as troubleshooting is concerned. Good WP!

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    Evolution of WordPress User Interface (2... United States »
    pingback on 06/Aug/09 at 2:13 pm # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface […]

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    Oto Turkey »
    said, on 07/Aug/09 at 1:18 pm # :

    Nice review. Honestly it gets on my nervs that there is every day a new version to upgrade. Some major upgrades would be enough. Keep on bloggin.

    Kind regards

  127. 127
    WordPress Ticker (12) « Software-E... United States »
    pingback on 24/Aug/09 at 9:42 pm # :

    […] A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface gibt es jede Menge Screenshots zu den WP-Administrationsbereichen von der Version 0.7.1 bis zur […]

  128. 128
    Leon Poole Australia »
    said, on 07/Jul/10 at 8:56 am # :

    WordPress really has come a long way with its UI, but I miss the orange highlights used in WP2.5

  129. 129
    Jeff Morgan Pakistan »
    wrote, on 26/Apr/11 at 11:37 am # :


    It was great to see the transition from such a simple outlay to what it has become today. Very interesting to look at the developments taken place over the years. I am sure Word press will go a long way. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  130. 130
    jehzlau Philippines »
    said, on 04/Sep/11 at 4:25 pm # :

    You should continue this until WordPress 3.2.1. Or do you have a new post about this? I'm planning to make one, I thought nobody ever made a post about the looks of WP admin since 0.7.1, but you already did! :D Great job ^_^

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