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WordPress Changes – Losing the Old Admin and Editor

The False Appearance of Success

Matt Mullenweg seems to be under the impression that the new User Interface and Editor have been a success. From his recent “State of the Word Address” ⇒.

“Matt gave some updates on Calypso’s adoption since it was released last year. He says that 68% of posts on WordPress.com are now written in Calypso. 17% of posts are written via a mobile device, and only 15% of users are using the WordPress admin. For reference, Calypso is the default method of publishing on WordPress.com now, so that includes the desktop website, desktop app, and mobile app”.

We need to tell him that it is a false impression based upon being herded into the new system by the removal of virtually all links to the old one.  A move which seems to have precipitated an increasing number of abandoned and infrequently used blogs.

We also need to list all the new UI’s and Editors shortcomings.  Including the low-speed for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have super-fast broadband and super-fast computers. 

It seems, for business reasons which include the use of Rest-API ⇐, WordPress are determined to set aside what remains of the old system.  They had better be persuaded to perfect the new one first.  That will take many voices, so please add your comment to the forum and pass the news to others and, for the present,  How to Access the Old System ⇐

The places to comment.

Where you can place a comment and, should you so wish, address a comment to Matt Mullenweg as @Matt:-


Comments about the WP Reader:-


This is my message to Matt Mullenweg on the “stats” thread of the forum:-

Message for @Matt via @supernovia

It is noticeable that there are an increasing number of blogs that are infrequently used and an increasing number being abandoned.  Pushing Reader “Recommendations” at us, without an opt-out will only annoy customers more.

The idea that the new UI is successful (according your State of the Word address) is false one, brought about by the destruction of links and making all but one point away from the old UI.  Many bloggers do not even know that it still exists.  You have been fooling yourselves.

As an aside: You would make the UI/Editor/Reader less cramped if you employed slide-away or drop-down menus.

The new UI/Editor remains deficient of original function.  There is lot of work to do before it will reach the original functional standard.  You shouldn’t need us to tell you what’s missing. That is a ludicrous failure of perception and a disrespectful misuse of our time.

Unless one has super-fast broadband and a super-fast computer, which most people do not, especially in the farther regions of the world, then the new UI/Editor/Reader is horribly slow.  Using more code to achieve less is a failure and no amount of contrived hyperbole or herding of customers can alter the reality.  And, why on Earth is the “Reader” loading Olark.

If you are using OAuth 2.0, as it seems you are, you should bear in mind what the lead project author entirely disavowed that version.

I suggest that you give the project at least a semblance of genuine improvement, then beta test it and only then launch it.  Do not destroy what works in favour of what does not.  We are paying customers (and paying for No-Ads does count). We are not here for you to experiment on.

Here ⇒  are just some of the comments that you don’t see.

Further: There has been exclusion of adverse customer comment on the WP Blog and the Forum’s “Reader” thread.  That is against WP’s apparent stance on censorship, a contravention of First Amendment Rights and fuels the argument for making WP a Regulated Public Utility under Congressional control.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to see that it doesn’t happen again.

Have a nice day.   🙂

8 responses

  1. thanks for the summary and links. i’ll voice my vote for the old options for writing (designing posts) the new system/option is ‘yuck’… also yuck is that ‘write’ option in the upper right cornerthat by mistake i used when in a hurryand then had trouble finding ways to add photos, etc. if it wasn’t broken, why fix it?

    Liked by 1 person

    January 4, 2017 at 18:10

  2. How well written and thought out Graham. WP should hire you as a consultant to fix things they have messed up. You could do this so well both with your technical expertise and your knowledge as a blogger who actually uses their products. Love your comment about not being able to opt out of recommended posts and censorship of critical comments, both of which are not transparent, not cool, and not ethical.

    Liked by 2 people

    January 4, 2017 at 19:04

    • Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

      To be honest, I’m not sure which is the most neurotic; Mullenweg’s control issues or my desire to puncture his ego. Then again, who cares if it allows me to put off doing the washing up.

      As far as household chores are concerned, I’m proud to say that I put the pro in procrastination. :-D.


      January 4, 2017 at 22:47

  3. It always throws me for a loop when I go onto WP and notice changes to the dashboard or reader.


    June 21, 2017 at 19:07

    • I know what you mean. It’s like someone interrupting one’s workflow by changing one’s tools behind one’s back. “One”, one is being posh today.

      They didn’t like it when I referred to them as a mere service provider. Oh, so wicked. 😀


      June 21, 2017 at 23:12

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