This is something I had been meaning to write about for a long time. Probably this can be considered to be part of my consideration of WordPress as a CMS. But even from usability point of view this can make sense.
Two Different Interfaces
In WordPress today, there are two different interfaces for a user. The front end – mostly for reading and commenting, and the admin – for writing and administration of the blog.
In practice, most of the times the users who read on the blog are also the ones who write,. especially in multi-author blogs which is one of the advanced features of WordPress. The same user hence has to use both these interfaces on the same website. The default frontend and admin themes are so different that it will not be surprise if novice web users feel that they are being redirected to a completely different website. Not only can this make the users uncomfortable but they have to also learn and get used to this different layout and theme.
Since the theme engine is different, none of the attributes of the theme are carried over – the header, the masthead image (if you will), the formatting or the layout. While there is a facility to change the styling of the admin theme, to change header or footer a hack in the admin theme is required.
Is it possible to have a common theme for the frontend and the admin end? Even if not to a full extent, can writing be brought in the frontend interface?
Copyright Abhijit Nadgouda.