My friend, Obinna P. Anyaibe, provided me with some food for thought when he posted, How Can WordPress Be Improved?.
Well, to be most honest, the Happiness Engineers at WordPress have been implementing changes to WordPress slowly (Those changes are not always the kind that WordPress users are fond of).
Anyway, WordPress can be improved (And, that goes for both the WordPress-hosted version (WordPress.com) and the self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org); but for the sake of WordPress users, those changes should not be drastic ones).
Presently, WordPress is meeting the needs of lots of bloggers.
But, in my case, I would like some extra things from WordPress (And, I would not doubt for one moment, that there are other bloggers on WordPress who feel the same way too).
A Person Can Only Do So Much With WordPress’s Default Comments
At the moment, WordPress bloggers (those people who are on the WordPress-hosted version) can only edit the comments on their own blog and they are unable to edit the comments that they made on other people’s blogs.
Have you ever made a typographical error in the comments section of a fellow WordPress blogger?
There is a high probability of you saying, “Yes!”
Do not worry, you are not alone because I also made a few typographical errors in the comments section of a few of my fellow WordPress bloggers’ blogs.
Most of us have tried to rectify the situation by adding another comment — one that mentioned to the owner of the blog that we made a typo along with what we really meant to say.
Come on WordPress, I want to be able to edit the comments that I made on someone else’s blog.
On the self-hosted version of WordPress and on other blogging platforms, bloggers can edit their comments on:
- Google Plus Comments (I would like to remind everyone, that Google Plus is shutting down on Tuesday the 2nd of April, 2019 and the commenting aspect of this social media network is going to vanish into thin air).
- Facebook comments.
- Disqus comments.
Those of us who utilize the WordPress-hosted version will have to be extra vigilant where commenting is concerned.
By the way, I highlighted the importance of proofreading our comments on my blog post, 10 Helpful Tips For Newbie Bloggers (That is worthy of being checked out).
If the Happiness Engineers at WordPress have no intentions of granting us the ability to edit the comments that we made on the blogs of our fellow WordPress bloggers, we can save ourselves a whole lot of embarrassment by proofreading our comments before we publish them.
I Want More Control Over My Fonts
It is no big secret, that those of us that use the WordPress-hosted version, have very limited control in the area of customizing our fonts.
The lucky ones over at the self-hosted version of WordPress are free to use any type of font that they desire and they can also manipulate their fonts using precise measurements (For example, if they want to set the Liberation fonts (whether it be Liberation Serif, Liberation Sans or Liberation Mono) at 16.2 pixels, they can make the necessary adjustments in order to have it on their theme).
When I was on Blogger, I was able to:
- Use any type of fonts.
- Adjust the fonts to any size that I wanted.
- Manipulate the colour of the fonts (I had the ability to adjust the colours along with the various shades with ease).
On the WordPress-hosted version, we are only allowed to use the fonts that are given to us and they only come with the following presets:
Bloggers on the WordPress-hosted version can forget about using the Georgia font family at 17.5 pixels on their theme.
I Would Like The Freedom To Fully Customize My Theme
Unfortunately, bloggers on the WordPress-hosted version are unable to customize their theme fully without upgrading (And, that requires paying an extra sum of money).
The truth is that I am never 100% pleased with the free and the paid themes that WordPress offer (I would need to alter them via CSS codes in order to be truly satisfied with them).
I can picture in my mind’s eye, a handful of those bloggers that publish their content on the self-hosted version of WordPress saying, “The WordPress-hosted version is rubbish. You would be much better off using the self-hosted version of WordPress!”
For the record, the sky is the limit where the self-hosted version of WordPress is concerned.
However, in spite of the limitations of the WordPress-hosted version, I would not refer to it as, “Rubbish,” because it has its place in the blogosphere and many people are quite happy with it.
In my case, I am hard to please.
I might come across a beautiful-looking theme and think to myself, “Those fonts are way too small and they are not the type of fonts that I would use on a theme.”
And, I am not always pleased with the colour of the links that come with some of the themes (I prefer blue-coloured links).
Back in the days when I was on Blogger, I would change the colour of the links to a light shade of blue on any of the themes that contained some other colour of links by default.
I will admit, that I do step outside of my comfort zone occasionally by utilizing the following colour of links:
As a general rule, I never use links that are of the same colour as the fonts in the body of my posts.
Because the reader should be able to know at a glance that links were added to my blog posts.
And, changing the colour of the links falls into the category of customizing one’s themes.
Also, back in the days when I was on Blogger, I was in the habit of uploading themes to Blogger — the kinds of themes that were way better looking than Blogger’s selection of default themes.
Anyway, most bloggers would have that inner desire to customize their chosen theme to their heart’s content (Which of course, is a wonderful way of making their blog look unique).
Oh well, so much for the limitations of the WordPress-hosted version.
I Would Like WordPress To Add Mix To The List Of Default Share Buttons
At the moment, Mix is not among the selection of WordPress’s default buttons.
The good news is that anyone can add them to their WordPress blog (G. Jefferies’s blog post, Stumble Upon Replaced By Mix.com. Time To Add The New Share Button To Your WordPress Blog teaches us how to go about making that possible).
I would like the Happiness Engineers to add the Mix share button to the default set of share buttons because there is a large percentage of WordPress users who are not tech savvy.
Would you like to see Mix among WordPress’s selection of default share buttons?
I know that I do and those people who have an account with Mix would not mind having the Mix share button among WordPress’s selection of default share buttons.
I Hope That WordPress Improves Gutenberg
I will admit, that my first experience with the Gutenberg editor was a disastrous one; back then, it was not intuitive and I was unable to find my way around it (The biggest irony of all was: I volunteered to use the Gutenberg editor when it was in beta).
With the help of YouTube videos and online documentation, I eventually learned how to use the Gutenberg editor in a proficient manner.
And, I have learned to appreciate the Gutenberg editor (And, I have also made the conscientious decision to continue using the Gutenberg editor).
Currently, there are lots of people who love the Gutenberg editor and there are lots of people who hate it too.
Those who hate the Gutenberg editor can stick with the TinyMCE editor for the time being (It will be officially supported by WordPress until December 31st, 2021).
In my mind’s eye, I have tried to imagine what it would be like for a WordPress newcomer to encounter the Gutenberg editor; they would probably think, “My goodness! What the hell is this thing? How am I going to be able to get anything posted?” Or, “Wow! This is fantastic! This is what I have been looking for all along!”
For the record, I am not 100% pleased with the Gutenberg editor and here is the reason why:
I compose all of my draft copies for my blog posts via LibreOffice Writer and when my blog posts have been completed, I copy them from LibreOffice Writer and paste them into the Gutenberg editor; which results in the loss of formatting (That also takes place with Microsoft Word).
Luckily for me, I found a fix for this; which involves:
Copying and pasting one paragraph at a time (because Gutenberg treats each paragraph as a block) and I handle the various formatting aspects individually via the block-based editor.
I produce long-form content; therefore copying a single paragraph from LibreOffice Writer and pasting it into the Gutenberg editor is a timely process.
Now, I could save myself from this craziness (and, a lot of time too) by composing the draft copies for my blog posts directly into the Gutenberg editor.
What I loved about the TinyMCE editor is that it always maintained the formatting from the text document from a word processor program; such as LibreOffice or Microsoft Word.
Hopefully, in the near future, Gutenberg will be able to retain the formatting from the text documents that were created via LibreOffice and Microsoft Word.
The WordPress Mobile Application Is Somewhat Buggy
A lot of my fellow bloggers on WordPress utilize the WordPress mobile app (Especially those who blog solely on their smartphone).
The WordPress mobile app is great for:
- Publishing blog posts on the go.
- Checking out the WordPress Reader on the go.
- Visiting the blogs of your fellow bloggers and leaving them valuable comments while you are on the go.
- Replying to the comments that were made in the comments section of your WordPress blog when you are away from your laptop computer or your desktop computer.
However, the WordPress mobile app would occasionally freeze when a blogger is in the middle of composing their blog post.
Luckily for us bloggers, this problem can be rectified by:
- Rebooting our smartphone.
- Updating the WordPress mobile app.
- Uninstalling and reinstalling the WordPress mobile app.
If I ever have the cause to compose a blog post on my smartphone, I would access WordPress via my smartphone’s browser.
Unfortunately, the WordPress mobile app has its shortcomings.
On a positive note, the WordPress mobile app does meet the needs of most WordPress bloggers who blog via their mobile devices.
WordPress Needs To Be More Secure
Do you know that WordPress is susceptible to malware and hacking?
Those of you who blog on the self-hosted version of WordPress can gather the knowledge of keeping your website secure by reading, The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide — Step by Step (2019).
And, those people who chose the WordPress-hosted version do not have those sorts of things to worry about because the Happiness Engineers handle all of the WordPress security issues from their end.
Those of us who use the WordPress-hosted version for blogging purposes can do our part to keep our accounts secure by:
- Enabling two-factor authentication.
- Logging out of our WordPress account on a computer that is not ours; such as in the case of using a computer at a computer cafe to publish content on our blog.
- Changing the password for our WordPress account ever so often.
The last thing that any blogger wants is someone gaining unauthorized access to their account; which is the reason why every blogger must do their part in keeping their account secure.
WordPress is mostly targeted by hackers and by those who simply want to inject WordPress sites with malware because it is one of the most used content management systems on the world wide web.
As you have learned, WordPress can be improved.
And, in regards to WordPress meeting my needs, I will have to say, “My basic needs are met and I would not mind having all of my blogging needs met.”
It is also noticeable by everyone, that the WordPress-hosted version is limited in comparison to the self-hosted version of WordPress (It is up to the blogger to know which of the two is most suitable for their blogging needs).
If you want to do business in an unhampered way, setting up a business-related blog on the self-hosted version of WordPress is the way to go.
And, if you simply want a blog to share your personal thoughts with others, the WordPress-hosted version will do just fine.
By the way, I would love to know if WordPress has met your needs and if you think that it is in dire need of improvement.
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