What Number Is Your WordPress Blog

...because no blog post should be without a photo
…because no blog post should be without a photo

I’ve been on a merry-go-round of visiting blog posts this morning – and it’s still not yet 9am.

I found myself on Mara Eastern’s site and an article about kidnapping my cat.

And I liked the Sela theme she is using so I went across to my WP test site and changed the theme.

I happened to look at the URL for adding a new post using the ‘improved posting experience’. It was https://wordpress.com/post/42958336/new

If I had used the classic un-improved posting experience via the Admin panel, the URL would have been


After a bit of checking I worked out that the number must be the number of the blog and that I Use This For Testing is WordPress blog number 42,958,336.

This PhotographWorks blog is a lower number, which makes sense because I have had it a longer time.

Of course, I may be the last person in the WP blogosphere to realise this fact about the number of a blog. I may be person 42,958,336 – and everyone else knows it already.

Edit Someone Else’s Blog?

I tried substituting a different digit for one of the digits in the ‘42958336’ and wrote a short post. When I tried to save the draft a flash message came up that told me that there was an error and I couldn’t edit that post.

Which is what I expected, as I didn’t expect that I would be able to crash across and add a post to someone else’s blog or WordPress would be in a mess.


  1. Rebekah says:

    One of my very first WordPress blogs was «WEBBYS». Now I must go and see what number turns up there 🙂


    1. Is that for ColderWeather or for Webbys ?


      1. Rebekah says:

        Webby’s … the oldest I can remember I still have. ColderWeather has 61336054 I see now 🙂


        1. 683440 for PhotographWorks. I was just trying to find out what year corresponds to the numbers but haven’t found anything yet.


  2. Rebekah says:

    Signed up for Webby’s in 2006. Just went back and checked oldest post.


  3. Rebekah says:

    However … at the same time, I’d signed up for another one; Idriya. Had some idea that I’d blog in Swedish. That one [Idriya] has number 1537904


  4. Hmmmm…. those numbers are far apart. I wonder how it works, then?


  5. I always use the classic mode when it comes to WordPress’s dashboard. I don’t like the “new and improved” stuff that they’ve come up with.


    1. Perhaps we are the subjects of a ‘rats in a maze’ study to find out whether we can negotiate ourselves out of the ‘new and improved’ admin panel…


  6. Gradmama2011 says:

    just when I had almost figured out the old one… 🙂


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