WordPress Visual History

I thought I would take a look at how WordPress has changed over the years. For no reason, except because sometimes I can be an incredibly boring man. Over 5,500 files and 13 major releases of WordPress later, I’ve put together a video and some images of the changes to the WordPress login screen and initial page once logged in (now the Dashboard, but used to be the Write screen).

I was only unable to get version 1.2 working, though I didn’t try very hard to be honest.

A brief summary of the different versions of WordPress are listed below.

Version
Jazz Musician Date of Release
Zip Size
0.7
Unnamed Tuesday, May 27, 2003
224KB
1
Miles Davis Saturday, January 03, 2004
271KB
1.2
Charles Mingus Saturday, May 22, 2004
310KB
1.5
Billy Strayhorn Thursday, February 17, 2005
346KB
2
Duke Ellington Saturday, December 31, 2005
589KB
2.1
Ella Fitzgerald Monday, January 22, 2007
829KB
2.2
Stan Getz Wednesday, May 16, 2007
953KB
2.3
Dexter Gordon Monday, September 24, 2007
0.99MB
2.5
Michael Brecker Saturday, March 29, 2008
1.3MB
2.6
McCoy Tyner Tuesday, July 15, 2008
1.44MB
2.7
John Coltrane Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1.76MB
2.8
Chet Baker Thursday, June 11, 2009
2.23MB
2.9
Carmen McRae Friday, December 18, 2009
2.39MB

[Some info from the WordPress Roadmap]

I’ve also put together a couple of images showing the changes to the WordPress login screen and dashboard. Click on the images to enlarge, and depending on your browser you may have to click again to see it full screen:

All WordPress Logins All WordPress Dashboards

To all geeks like me, enjoy!