WordPress has always been the first in recent years when it comes to blogging. My blogging life (in English language) started through the hands of WordPress. Back then, nothing was like what you see today.
In mid-2008, when I first signed up for this blog, WordPress.com was a minimal blogging platform. Back then, everything was focused on ‘writing’. You could write a new post in the simplest yet smartest post editor of WordPress. You would get 50 MBs of free space with all of the blogs you register. At that time, 50 MB was a huge thing!
I didn’t know what version of WordPress.org was running back then in WordPress.com, but whatever it was, it seemed somewhat like the following screenshots.
Ancient WordPress vs New Generation WordPress
The differences are huge. The ancient WordPress has been improved dramatically over time and now has turned into the new generation WordPress that is visually impressive, technically advanced and rich of features. The differences are needless to say. I’d rather skip to what WordPress folks have offered us lately.
No wonder that lots of people are in love with the all-new visually impressive WordPress dashboard. Me? Well, I’m used to it. There have been a WordPress plugin called Fluency Admin. I have been using it for almost years. If you checked out Fluency Admin, you will not compare it with what we have today here in WordPress.com dashboard. But I don’t say that it’s not good. Change is definitely happiness. And I do like the redesign.
However, there are things that disappointed me, literally. Where is the New Post button on the header area (not the navigation or admin bar)? I seriously miss it. It helped me hit open New Post panel as soon as the inspiration strikes. Now I need to wait for the drop-down menus to appear or search for the “Add New Post” in the dashboard menu on the left.
Definitely an impressive improvement. Especially the Full screen mode is a milestone! I loved the feature. Most of us use widescreen monitors these days and it sucks to see text spread from left to right of the monitor; which was what WordPress.com Post editor would look if I turned on Full screen mode. Now there is an improvement. You will go full screen, and within seconds all the clutter will be gone. If you need them, just hover your mouse and they’ll be back for a second. Amazing! Congratulations guys! (And thank you at the same time 😉 ).
And I guess, that’s all! There is a tiny improvement with those who have turned comment moderation on. But I have left it open for everyone. I want everyone’s voice to be heard as soon as they speak. So, I will not worry about the “Approve and Reply” update of the recent.
In a nutshell, I’m in love with the distract-free writing update. It’s really a big change. I bet WordPress.com folks have some serious novelists among them who understand various aspects of writing. That’s why they understood the clutter needs to be gone and they made it gone!
Hats off to WordPress! You guys just invented the next generation of blogging.