[closed] What Should 2011 Hold for WordPress? (159 posts)

  1. dhyanji
    Posted 5 years ago #

    some suggestions. thanks for asking.

    Admin page

    • Make admin UI customizable
    • Super admin/admin can send messages to editors/moderators/user. they will see when they login in.
    • A common page is shared to communicate each other
    • Sort post/pages by title, author, categories, tags by one click
      Ajax search in admin page
    • Inbuilt SEO - custom titles and meta descriptions, Google, Bing etc analytics support.

    Posts & Pages

    • Different menus for different pages.
    • Automatic Menu functions with parent child relations, customizable if needed
      Diff widget for different pages
    • 3 or 4 side bar options
    • Allow RSS feed to be inserted inside post/page and display the title or excerpt content
    • Allow the page also to appear in the rss feed
    • Option to disable a post not to appear on rss
    • Default site map
    • Like the scheduled post, specify a date in a post will be automatically deleted

    Mail & Alerts

    • Alert the users for each post on the site if they want
    • Send a mail to the selected moderator when some one post comment (now only admin receives)
    • One click, send mail to all the users
    • Built in newsletter program


    • Better image gallery
    • Better video/audio podcast handling
    • Built in mobile support
    • embed custom fonts (useful for language sites)

    Core updates

    • Remove Hello Dolly and Akismet from core.
    • BBpress inside WordPress, enable on request like that of network sites.
    • Like multi sites, need multi domain management in one wp installation
  2. sahaskatta
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I can't imagine how hard it must be for the core WP developers to decide on new features. Just about everyone wants a new feature or something removed. Even minor changes can affect or break WordPress for tons of users depending on how they are using it.

    I've just spent the last 3 months developing a major site on WP (Skatter Tech). I felt the experience was great, a few things were undocumented, but no major issues aside from that.

    As for my thoughts for WP in 2011:

    • HTML5 and CSS3 - While not all browsers support this entirely and although the specifications haven't been standardized, there are MANY things that are 100% compatible and ready for use. I think the TwentyTen default theme and the Dashboard should start transitioning over carefully.
    • Improve Search - Many people are using Google's Search API as an alternative because the native search is fairly poor. It may get the job done if you only have a few articles, however there's no 'relevance factor' in ranking results. Even some basic improvements to the algorithm would go a long way.
    • Bundled Plugins - Akismet is an amazing plugin and I use/pay for it. However, that's only because I use WP for the purpose of being a 'publishing platform' for my publication. WordPress is moving from Blog->CMS (right?). If so, commenting on many installs aren't necessarily enabled or even visible (e.g. restaurant website). As for Hello Dolly, keep it. Why? It may serve no practical purpose, but it feels like a part of WordPress culture. It's not bulky and it's easy for users to remove. Keeping at least one plugin as an example is a good idea.
    • Gravatar - Like Akismet, I'm also a fan and a user of this service as well. However, it feels like Akismet/Gravatar are the only two external/third-party service inside of WordPress. I'm not suggesting the removal in anyway. However, I think some major companies that may want to use WordPress might not want to rely on another service. I agree with the suggestion to implement 'local user avatars' to reduce dependence on Gravatar.
    • Increased Security and Keeping Slim - I'm sure these are always a given no-brainier, but just mentioning it again.

    Once again would like to say that WordPress is a phenomenal platform and the developers who I've been bugging over the past few months have been amazingly helpful. (And that's coming from a guy who was an intern at Six Apart, which was an awesome company as well.)

    P.S. My current dream-WP feature? Live collaborative editing, Google Docs style! I wish I could completely say goodbye to MS Word. After the Deadline is already a better spell checker in my opinion.

  3. Daniel Bachhuber
    Hand Built
    Posted 5 years ago #

    +1 to better search, media handling, and moving links to custom post types. I'd love it if my WordPress instance could fully replace my Flickr and delicious accounts.

  4. Lachlan
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Another thumbs up for 3.2 being the "All About Media" release. This has been on the wishlist for many for a long time and keeps getting put on the backburner. A revamp of media could easily take up a full release.

    Some wishes:

      Drag and drop pictures into the edit window to upload images. Google has this in gmail and most of their google apps, it is becoming a standard for html5 apps.

      Drag and drop to re position images in the post Visual window. Exactly like you can do in Pages for iPad (see video). I'm not even sure if this is possible and what problems this presents, but it would be awesome. Or at least improve word wrapping options with images.

    See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsj6E_D6Ui0=02m09s (at 2mins and 9secs)

      Make the image edit options like crop, rotate, flip horizontally/vertically accessible from within the post window instead of going to media library. Most people will upload and edit images from within the post, and wont go to the media library.

      Should be able to insert an image into a post and set it as the post thumbnail in the one step. Currently you have to insert the image then go and choose this as a post thumbnail.

    Make the Visual window more wysiwyg:

      wysigyg editor should recognise returns as paragraphs and recognise multiple returns to leave spaces between sections in the post.
  5. josh101
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would like better widget placement. Instead of side bars. Why not before and after content. When I use a widget I use it as part of the site Im not streaming some score from some team that clearly looks like a widget they really have a meaning like a news letter. So If it could be made more available through out the site that be great. I now you may say a designer can do this but I think it should be part of wp. This would be great for static pages to.

  6. BubbaMan
    Posted 5 years ago #

    1.a) Theme frameworks and plug-ins are a major component of WordPress now. So as much as I hate "standards", I think a significant effort regarding plug-in standards, minimum support requirements, etc. is required.
    1.b) Standardize how plug-ins deal with settings and navigation.
    2.) MUCH better "Search" on http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins.
    3.) Make media features better.

  7. Knut Sparhell
    Posted 5 years ago #

    A would set the goal to make WordPress evolve against both a very lightweight, but extensible, blogging platform for starters, and up to a full CMS.

    • Taxonomy meta table to support storing taxonomy custom fields
    • Links as post type
    • N-to-n relationships between sub-level and top-level post types
      • Post types 'post' and 'page' are, and any custom post type may be top-level
      • Post types 'attachment' and 'link' are, and any custom post type may be sub-level
    • Add links to posts from repository of external links, or internal links to sub-level posts or other posts (siblings), in the same way as adding media, just simpler
    • Bundeled plugins, some default activated, some not
      • Pages (activated)
      • Links (activated)
      • User management (deactivated)
      • Custom fields (deactivated)
      • Revisions (deactivated)
      • Remote management (deactivated)
      • Multisite (deactivated)
    • Bundeled plugin revisions should offer to delete all revisions older than a certain age, from dashboard
    • Bundeled user management plugin should offer a way of communication between users, a log of recent post updates and author internal comments
    • Widgets showing post (any type) content, filtered by taxonomy term (this exists as plugins, but may go into core or a bundeled plugin)
    • Quality/trusted plugins, tested by merited developers, to meet a set of technical standards
    • Focus on code cleanup and removal of things not needed for PHP 5, very old MySQL and very old browsers
    • No support for IE6
    • Require PHP 5.2 or higher
  8. palPalani
    Posted 5 years ago #

    • Simple Form creator - Contact or etc.
    • Custom Permalinks for Custom Post/Content Type
    • Media Upload
      • Ability choose custom folder
      • Ability to extend folders to Year->Month->Date
      • Ability to create new size of image for selected image(s)
      • Ability to insert multiple images
  9. Andrew Norcross
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Plenty of good suggestions already out, but here's my two cents:

    1. Standardization of conditional tags for CPTs, custom taxonomies, and meta fields to coincide with the 'standard' conditionals. Example: using is_post_type('book')= instead of if( get_post_type() == 'book' ) ...
    2. Improved meta field additions (possibly add the 'default' fields into core?
    3. Ability to easily remove sections from admin panel (i.e. links, etc)
    4. Built in backup (scheduled) functionality? Either with core plugin or core.
  10. Alok Sharma
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ability to completely customize the branding of back end. For e.g. removing all references of WP.

    I know no one wants to do that but just in case if WP was used as a CMS for developing a site for some client and we do not want the client to know the platform used.

  11. Matt Mullenweg
    Posted 5 years ago #

    One of my most important things: better interface for plugins.

    Visually two things that spring to mine are icons and custom headers for plugins in the directory.

    Changelog support in the updater -- what's new is version X.X and why should I upgrade? (We could probably stand to do this for our own updater.)

    When a plugin fails to activate because of a fatal error that should auto-report back to WP.org and register in that plugin's compatibility, so we get better data from beta testers.

    Search: what are people looking for, and are they finding it?

    A better way for beta and RC testers to report plugin compatibility so as a community we can find and update any stragglers before a major release.

  12. My wishlist:

    • Language packs for core, plugins, themes - so that the translations are independently installable from the code
    • More and better test suite - run automatically on check-ins
    • Make it even easier to report bugs - e.g. a plugin which adds built-in bug reporting functionality for beta testers
    • Make it easier for a community of people to work together a develop a plugin
  13. Rami Yushuvaev
    Posted 5 years ago #

    +1 for "Taxonomy meta table to support storing taxonomy custom fields" by @dhyanji

  14. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Changelog support in the updater -- what's new is version X.X and why should I upgrade? (We could probably stand to do this for our own updater.)

    big plus 1 for me, I tried to adapt someone else's only to end up doing my own version. I do a what's changed since installed version, and add it into the plugins screen in small scrollable div to save on screen space.

    When a plugin fails to activate because of a fatal error that should auto-report back to WP.org and register in that plugin's compatibility, so we get better data from beta testers.

    Seriously? please no. Only and if there is a method for it to be turned off. Or there will be a lot of false reporting from plugins being developed. (perhaps turn off the reporting if WP_DEBUG is active).

    oops apologies, shouldn't be discussing methods here.

  15. jannewap
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, Amtssprache scheint hier englisch zu sein - hmmm... mir egal...
    In einer der früheren WordPress-Versionen gab es eine Quick-Edit-Zeile an die Oberseite des Blogs angeheftet.

    Diese war nur für denjenigen sichtbar, der auch angemeldet war. Das hat mir damals das Platzieren der META-Funktion in der Sidebar und die ständige Eingabe des Zusatzes wp-admin erspart.

    Eine Reinkarnation wäre cool!


    [Google translation added by elfin]
    Ok, the official language here seems to be English - hmmm ... I do not care ...
    In an earlier WordPress versions, it was a quick-edit line at the top of the blog attached.

    This was visible only to that which were also registered. That gave me time to place the META-function in the sidebar and the constant input of the addition wp-admin saves.

    A reincarnation would be cool!


  16. Andrea Pernici
    Posted 5 years ago #

    • XML Sitemap for video, images, pages divided by month included by a Sitemap_index file cause it's a very big problem for high volume content website.
    • Some easy way to integrate form posting from frontend
    • Making possible to choice a lightweight Admin panel
    • Better handling of simultaneous posts from differents users in admin.
  17. Andrea Pernici
    Posted 5 years ago #

    • Including a light related posts function with thumbs that doesn't crash cpu
  18. Andrea Pernici
    Posted 5 years ago #

    • Make possible to disable revisions and other wp-config related things.
  19. hpguru
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Move Akismet and Hello Dolly out of the core package.
    Better gallery search in article/page edit (maybe ajax search here?).
    Please add one click support to add multiple pictures to article/page.

    Please improve updating system! My server auto update crashes to white page. Just update changed files, add new files and delete deleted files in updating process?

    Dashboard: On Links page, add pagination and other features for example All (45) Deleted (2).

    Thanks. I love WordPress!

  20. rtysmith
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'd like to see some common work / standards around the frameworks now common in theme design.

    I'd also like a system for the plugins that warns when plugins may interfere with each other, or are trying to use the same parts of the system

  21. Derek
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would love to see:

    • Media improvements:
      1. I know you can easily add a Categories option (as a text field), but maybe a way to add categories/tags meta boxes when editing media that are not associated with post categories/tags. So you can easily display them in a theme.
      2. Only upload one size for images (whatever size the file is), unless specified sizes are made in the Media settings.
    • Search: relevant search & highlighted terms would be awesome! Especially if the search could be turned on to search site-wide for multi-site installs.
    • User management: export data to csv, create different types of user roles from within the admin (not by plugin), ability to upload to gravatar within profile.
    • Codex: the Codex is a great resource, but sometimes it lacks examples or exactly how certain functions really work. It would be nice if there were concrete examples for each function in WP. There is so much to learn!

    Thanks to all who make WordPress so awesome!

  22. taloweb
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for asking our wishes!

    I would like

    • Improved support for international blogs (avoid using qtranslate plugin)
    • less memory usage (WP is very very expensive)
    • improved media library (advanced finding of orphans on disk or DB etc)
    • EASY custom field attach for post (images, files, numeric fields etc)

    in few words: giving a more 'CMS-like' structure

  23. giovanealex
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I can only think about one think as a top priority, that is improving the search mechanism. WordPress search feature is quite basic and it is quite frequent not finding things that are clearly tagged.

  24. Free Web Host
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My top wishes for WP 2011:

    1. More integrated SEO options. Nothing major, but expanded control on title tags from the add post (for the people who don't know the code).

    2. WP-Multisite - more tools for customization without knowing the code.

    3. More use of HTML5/CSS3


  25. chrisryland
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Please make wysiwyg editing actually work, instead of mangling everything.

    This may not be WP's fault, but perhaps you could find a better plugin?

  26. adebaby
    Posted 5 years ago #

    - Image resizing must use ImageMagick if available. Thumbnail quaility it very poor
    - Post type admin as seen in More Types plugin should be standard WP feature and permalinks for customn post types needs more flexibility
    - Search includes selectable custom fields
    - Mobile theme switcher built in

  27. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The (long awaited) removal of the Gallery CSS from the page body into the page header where it belongs. Although there are theme-based workarounds, they're clunky (removal all of the CSS). Some gallery-specific CSS in the page head would be very welcome.

  28. Dougal Campbell
    Posted 5 years ago #

    +1 on Media Manager improvements and simplification of Taxonomy table structures. I can't exactly put my finger on what's wrong with the Medial Manager, but it could definitely stand to be easier and prettier.

    Meta-data for everything (taxonomies, media). I'd love to be able to tag my media with keywords, then be able to search on that (in the media manager, as well as front-end searches).

    Taxonomies for users.

    Generalize URL routing more, and give more control over URLs for things like authors, categories/tags, etc. Yes, resolving conflicts will require some thought and planning. But as long as rules are consistent, it should be fine. Current URL setup should be redone as a set of filterable regexp rules which can be overridden by themes/plugins.

    Over time, at least for me, the Links Manager has become less and less important. Turn it into a Core Plugin, convert it to use custom post types, and ditch the old tables.

    As mentioned recently on wp-hackers, an intuitive, documented method to bypass the default get_posts that happens in the normal wp initialization.

    Clean up default user profile info (hard-coded services like AIM, Yahoo, Jabber/GTalk). These should probably be configurable in the backend somewhere, allowing the admin to create relevant entries? This might be Core Plugin territory.

    Also, I'd like some helper functions that make it easier to add buttons to the editors (TinyMCE and Quicktags) for simple things like a 'code' HTML tag.

    Lastly, I'd like to suggest a push in the Core Plugins area for "API-only" plugins, such as is often seen in the Drupal community. This is pretty developer-centric, but part of the notion behind Core Plugins is supposed to be to keep developers from having to reinvent the wheel over and over. Core Plugins which provide a common basis for other plugins to build upon, without providing much/anything in the way of front-end features make sense. Use-cases include things such as: OAuth; service specific APIs for Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc.; advanced hooks for media management...

    Too lofty for a 3.2 goal, but eventually, I'd like to see more of the SQL stuff abstracted out to the point that it could be easier to use alternative database engines for some/all of WP core. Yes, it's possible right now to create your own db.php, but that's a bit of a sledgehammer, and there's still some MySQL-specific features/syntax elsewhere in core. Eventually, what if a developer could choose to store user data in MongoDB? Or store posts in Redis?

  29. idealien
    Posted 5 years ago #

    1. Keep doing the awesome that you all are doing! Since I started with WP around 2.1 or 2.2, the platform has grown in incredible ways that I've very much been in support of.
    2. Custom Post Types with taxonomies and custom fields. Having a UI approach to import, export or modify the fields associated with a CPT would be great.
    3. Data types and error messaging for custom fields / taxonomy display (date, checkbox, radio buttons, etc)
    4. Bilingualization of content either as a core plugin or an option-enabled core feature. As taloweb mentions above, qTranslate is one of the better ones - probably offers the least invasive approach re: impact to other plugins. It is currently re-writing for full 3.0 support of CPTs, so timing might be excellent to consider for part of core.
    5. Nice to Have: An ability to - during install or via options - make WP an entirely "private" site. Offering it as a feature "out-of-box" would add one more solid item on the checklist of WP-as-CMS head-to-head comparisons.
  30. hmitts
    Posted 5 years ago #


    Seems a lot of sites use one of the many mobile plug-ins around to
    support mobile access (wordpress.org included). However, as long as
    mobile plug-ins are many and not in the core, there will be little or no
    further development on top of mobile as it would be totally impossible
    to test/integrate with all current mobile plug-ins.

    To really kick off WP in the direction of mobile, the mobile plug-in functionality (+some more) would need to be integrated into the core. In this way all players in the ecosystem can start enhancing mobile functionality.

    Benefits with having a single, core mobile extension:
    - Themes could start having mobile versions as standard along with the
    desktop theme, this would make mobile look and feel so much better
    integrated with the desktop view.
    - Plug-ins could start testing for mobile functionality. Now a lot of
    plug-ins provide great value but would benefit from a mobile version to
    better support small screens. Having a single mobile solution would
    encourage this.
    - Plug-in management. If the mobile solution came with some sort of nice
    management if, it would be possible to have different sets of plug-ins
    activated on mobile and desktop. (Ditto for menus).

    There are a lot of good mobile plug-ins, but as far as I can tell, not a
    single great one. Most current plug-ins have 1 or 2 unique features,
    which taken together would make a great mobile solution!

    Taking the mobile step would certainly help position WordPress as a
    unique solution for sites that want to provide best-in-class support to
    both mobile and desktop users!

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