One of the greatest challenges I have in teaching WordPress to clients, students, and in workshops and online courses like Lorelle’s WordPress School is the fact that WordPress keeps changing the interface and the names of the various interface bits and pieces. They are doing it again on WordPress.com with a “new and improved” interface and via their Jetpack WordPress Plugin with the new “one stop united Dashboard” feature.
A little history is needed in today’s tutorial on the naming of the WordPress interface, the backend, administration screens/panels, dashboard, codey-hacky part of WordPress.
In 2004, a small team that included me and early WordPress developers started naming all the interface elements in WordPress. The overall interface was called the Administration Panels. Today, these are called the Administration Screens, not far from the original.
Each panel or screen represented a collection of options and features in WordPress. Things…
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