A letter to WordPress

ltrtowordpressUsually, I write about things that are on my mind or problems I’m trying to find a solution for. I would like to bring some issues to the team’s attention that I have noticed through interaction with WordPress.com:

Sharing Buttons

There is no one for Facebook Like when official style is used. It’s only a share button. As there is a Google +1 button, we expect to have the same for Facebook. People now are more into making G +1s or FB Likes for sites they visit. It’s faster and easier. Relatively, WordPress default sharing icons show the counts of sharing or likes on Facebook button but not on Google’s. Here, we expect a fix or an option to hide the counter from being displayed.

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Commenting System Layout

Sorting order is confusing if the last page of comments is to be displayed first. Moreover, threaded comments at the last level don’t have reply button. This isn’t a problem for WordPress members that are replying through the control panel or the mobile application; but it is for non-members that are using a browser.

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Media

The page of displaying an image (e.g., carousel) should have an option to disable comments if needed. I’m not going to mention the indexing issue of each uploaded image as a single page; many like it this way.

WordAds

There should be more options of locations and types for optimized ads. For example, disabling video ads and banners are in header only. Yet CSS can be customized to hide unwanted location or type, it doesn’t prevent the script from being executed. For performance issue, I might prefer two banners only – on top and below the post.  I know WP Support Team will argue that performance issues have been considered carefully throughout the design, but speed analysis tests don’t always say so.

Following

We can see a list of followers and followed sites. It’d be appropriate though if the Followed Sites have an indication of following back if any.

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Admin Area

It’s confusing that there are two versions of admin areas. The new version doesn’t have everything from the old one. On the other hand, some settings on the old version aren’t valid anymore. Should I mention the top admin black bar? It appears for the logged-in WordPress members only. However, it would be nice to have it optional as it’s in Blogger.com.

Windows Phone

WordPress app on this platform wasn’t good at all. I understand thus why they stopped developing it on Windows 10. However, I’m sure that there are many who are using WordPress because they don’t want to use Blogger form Google. Isn’t this a good point to be considered?!

(Relatively, you may like reading my other post: Back to WordPress)

I’ll try to update this post with additional points if I came across any. Meanwhile, let’s hear in your comments what else you wish to be added or fixed in WordPress.com?

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39 thoughts on “A letter to WordPress

  1. karthik vijay gopal

    And moreover,if we publish any new post, it gets added to the home page and we can’t create a new page for a post. When I searched in Google, some pages mentioned that we can do but I am unable to do that. If anyone could help me, I would be thankful…Thanks in advance

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  2. lovetocook101

    Hi Mohammed, I am new to WP, and i have hundreds of questions, for the moment I have not paid for the premium package, what i am looking for is a monitized blog with ads, from what i read and if i understood well, it is complicated I don’t like complicated.Another question maybe you have answers to.. don’t you agree when we get a like on facebook it should sync to WP? Here’s another one my friends tell me they can’t follow me unless they sign up to WP, i added a widget follow but i don’t think its any easier can you help me on these querries?

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you for your note. I’m sorry for delay as I was away for a while. You have a wonderful site by the way. As far as I know, only premium users can utilize paid ads on WordPress.com. If you’re self hosted (WordPress.org), things are different. Anyway, I’m on .com and I stopped ads as I didn’t find it profitable unless you have very good traffic. Please refer to my other post https://mohamadkarbi.com/2017/05/27/do-you-display-ads-on-your-blog/

      Likes’ on Facebook is something else. While number of post’s likes might be displayed on your WP post, liking a FB page or a post isn’t a WordPress following. Both are separate social media services. Unfortunately, non-registered users have the option to follow your RSS or posts links on other social accounts only.

      If I can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate asking or contacting

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