One of the things I love about WordPress.com is that I get to use new features earlier than a WordPress.org release. Furthermore, there are some features exclusive to WordPress.com users such as the new post feature from WordPress.com front-end.

But I have never used it. It lacked a few important features such as the ability to add categories, inserting image files from a URL, etc. I always go to the dashboard (wp-admin) of my site and create new post from there. Immediately after logging in to WordPress.com, I would hover my cursor over the gravatar icon on the top left to reveal my list of blogs and then click New Post. That used to link to wp-admin/post-new.php.

The other day I was trying to do the same but noticed that the link redirected me to the WordPress.com front-end new post editor. I thought I’d give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen, right? After wondering for a while if I had hit a bug while the Beep Beep Boop icon was rolling, the new post editor finally showed up.

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Do you know what’s happening?

A brief inspection of the new post editor satisfied me. That’s because the new editor had everything that I needed: Tags & Categories, full-fledged Add Media option, Featured Image, slug, excerpt, etc. In short, I liked the new post editor and I wrote that post from there.

While everything about the new post editor seems fine to me, (except some minor bugs such as clicking the Preview button only saves the page as draft, not take me to a preview.) there is one significant flaw to it, and that happens even before the editor loads. Whenever you click the new post link, you will be greeted with Beep Beep Boop. Being a tech-savvy myself, I realized in a moment that it was just another animation WordPress decided to put while the editor loaded in the back-end. But it’s a terrible animation to load. It gives us a confusing expression, almost like not sure what’s happening. 

Surfing through the WordPress.com Forums, I saw many people frustrated over the new changes, and that’s expected, because people take time to embrace change. But the Beep Beep Boop thing needs to go. That is a terrible thing. It was probably designed to look somewhat cute, but trust me, (and many more) it isn’t. It’s confusing. And it just has to go.

I’ve been with WordPress.com since 2008 (entered the self-hosted world a few years later) and I know as a fact that WordPress listens to the users. I hope this time they will do it too and remove us from the torture of that Beep Beep Boop thing.

Please, the Automattic guys, get rid of that thing. Or at least update the Beep Beep Boop text to something like “Loading” which makes much more sense. Also, please don’t take us to that editor whenever we click New Post or Edit Post (while viewing the post in front-end) from the toolbar. The wp-admin post editor, the one that comes with WordPress.org installation, still is far better and convenient. Please, give us a choice.

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  1. Why is WordPress.com ignoring us (its paying customers)?
    Microsoft Office Live Small Business (OLSB) website builder did the same thing to its customers a few years ago. I had OLSB for 4 years prior. For some reason, OLSB started making desperate changes too. They also ignored customers complaints about those changes (like WordPress.com is doing now). Eventually, all their customer’s websites were wiped, unless you had hundreds of dollars to transfer it to another site before the deadline. OLSB eventually shut down and now Microsoft is taking another shot at it via Office 365. (http://www.pcworld.com/article/254755/microsofts_office_live_small_business_closing_today.html).
    WordPress.com appears to be doing the same thing here. Why else would they be making drastic changes without consideration to current customers?
    WordPress.com customers… If I were you, I would look into moving to another blogger site soon, as I am doing.

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    1. I’ve been with the service for about 6 years now. If anything, I learned that Automattic (the folks that own WordPress) actually does listen to users/customers. Sometimes they are late in implementing a change, but I would hardly compare them to Microsoft’s products (although I have to admit I don’t know much about OLSB).

      I would suggest you to wait a few more days and see if WordPress.com updates their new post panel. Meanwhile, you can simply go to your blog’s dashboard ( yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin ) and create a new post from there (the URL will be yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php). That is the original WordPress post editor and I’m sure you’ll have no issue using that. I use that all the time (because that’s the actual editor that is also available in self-hosted WordPress.org) and never had a complaint.

      Thanks for your comment.

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