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Revert the 2.5 Write screen to 2.3

  1. KJToo
    Member

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    I've been using WordPress for a couple of years now and never bothered to create an account here until now, because I've never had a good reason to. Unfortunately, the changes to the Admin screens in general and most especially to the Write screen have finally provided that reason.

    Please, please, please do something about the new Write screen. As much as I hate having to hack core WordPress files, the changes introduced with WordPress 2.5 are enough of a leap backward that I'm seriously considering it. I love WordPress, but this is a serious case of function being overlooked in favor of form.

    I author my own blog and co-author a second blog/podcast with two other people, both of whom are very disappointed with the new interface (including the Flash uploader, which is a pain point for another "idea", I suppose). I can only vote once, but if I could give this idea another 10 stars for my co-authors I most certainly would.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Chris Roberts
    Member

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    My jaw dropped when I saw the new design to the Admin panel. Some of the changes are good, others are baffling. The changes to the write screen are baffling. I have no idea what the developers were thinking. I appreciate their work on this free blogging platform, but one is still free to criticize and there is a lot to find fault with in the new Write screen. The changes proposed here would be a start on fixing things. The changes proposed here would do even more.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. moshu
    Member

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    The whole admin should be re-thought!

    "informal measuring" should not be presented in the disguise of studies based on which to make so important decisions!

    Redo the Write subpanel: bring up the categories on the side - they are used often (i.e. every time you write a post).

    Redo the Widgets subpanel, which is a total failure as it is; bring back the 2.3.3 type arrangement because it was functional, easy to see all your widegatized sidebars, easy to move widgets.

    Maximum votes for this Idea!

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  4. Larua
    Member

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    Rongo mentioned that "NO scrolling is necessary on a 1050 pixel high screen." I wish! I have a decently sized monitor, but it's *not* 1050 pixels high. Don't know about anyone else, but I'm not prepared to go out and spend a bunch of money on a larger monitor, replacing a perfectly good one btw, just to make posting to WordPress more convenient. It makes a lot more sense to me for the programmers to realize that not everyone out there can afford huge monitors, and to layout screens with that in mind.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  5. Rongo
    Member

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    Laura, please review my comments more carefully.

    I said I *have* to scroll -- a LOT -- on a 1050 pixel high monitor with this new WordPress 2.5 Write screen fiasco. The scrolling required on on WP2.5's write screen is bad enough on my large monitor, I can't even imagine how much scrolling I'd have to do on a smaller screen resolution.

    But, I was comparing the ridiculous layout of the WP2.5 Write Screen's excessive scrolling to the Movable Type Write Screen.

    Seriously, take a look at this Write Screen and tell me which one you find you find more elegant and better, more logically laid out.

    http://www.movabletype4.org/boomer/cgi-bin/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=48
    user: demo
    pass: demo

    I've been using WordPress for years, but I like to leave my options open. WP certainly has a lot to offer. But when I compare the Write screens in both WP and MT, there is no comparison. MT's write screen beats WP2.5's by a mile in terms of logical flow and functionality. And NO scrolling required on MT's write screen to reach commonly used options. That alone makes MT's write screen superior to WP's.

    You have to give credit where credit is due. WP2.5 is a nice system overall. But the WP2.5 write screens are, quite frankly, embarrassingly bad when compared to the elegance and logical flow MT's.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  6. StrangeAttractor
    Member

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    @Rongo

    You are right -- the MT interface is pretty much exactly how I would have wished WP 2.5 wound up -- simplified, but easy to use, and compact. It's not much different then WP before 2.5, but just simpler and more usable -- something that 2.5 claims to be.

    However, what I really wish is that WP had a nice usable write screen like that, but that it was customizable. If you wanted you could add or subtract panels, or even menu items. That would be liberating.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. jabecker
    Member

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    I like the MT interface also, for the reasons that others have mentioned: usable, simple, easy to navigate, compact. I especially like the way that images and other assets are handled. Very nice.

    It sort of makes the WP admin interface look like a wanna-be MT.

    I really like the rest of WP. I just wish that the admin interface was actually helpful. There's so much about it I don't like and the things we're voting on here are only some of them. Why does my blog name need to be humongous? Even if I'm working on multiple blogs, I can usually figure out where I am.

    Maybe the dev team feels the need to "dumb down" WP for the .com crowd? I hope not, and I hope they don't. The ability to use a tool has a lot more to do with the way the tool is designed than the user's technological savvy.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  8. chewru
    Member

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    I voted. My resolution is 1900x1200 and I can't believe I can't fit everything on one page. Half the screen to the right is whitespace and I have to scroll down?

    In the meanwhile I'll be using jabecker's hack for my future 2.51 installs.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  9. GuiseDugal
    Member

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    This idea certainly gets my vote. I actually find it a chore now to have to scroll through everything, and get very frustrated at the idea that there is a huge blank space to one side that could have been perfect for all the necessary additional drop-downs...you know, like 2.3 allowed.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator

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    I vote for this. Many WordPress installations are used as CMS for large sites. One of the ways to do this is by using Categories to organize content. The list of categories and subcategories has become long, and scrolling down in the 2.5 category frame with only 6 showing at a scroll, is a nightmare.

    I thank Judy of PersistentIllusion.com for her admin hack, it worked. WordPress.org indeed has great support and wonderful volunteers who share their skills and talents with the rest of us.

    Thank you.

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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