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

  1. danno63
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I would like to see everyone in the WordPress community have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2011. Could you get that into the pipeline asap? ;)

    As for me, I would LOVE to see custom write panels in core!

    The ability to configure various types of fields and assign them to post types (post, page, custom) would be out of this world. For me, this is the missing link to make WordPress a better CMS. It's one of the few features that Drupal (CCK) and a few other CMS packages have over WordPress.

    Sure we can build them by hand, or use a plug-in, but each of these solutions has shortcomings.

    Aside from that, I would like to see the Plug-in Repository include more search options esp version compatibility.

  2. Ashfame
    Posted 4 years ago #

    • Drop support for PHP 4, move on to PHP5
    • Code cleanup
    • Improve Performance - Its very heavy in terms of requirement
    • More Documentation - For instance WP Cron API doesn't have detailed tutorials & one have to dive in code to figure things out completely
    • Inbuilt SEO options can be something we can consider as everyone uses one or the other SEO plugin
  3. José Luis Bolos
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My 0.02$:
    - Media: Better media handling and gallery, yadda, yadda :D
    - Extend documentation
    - Streamline one-click upgrade process & error messages
    - Comments: subscribe into comments integration, Facebook connect/Twitter OAuth, OpenID on comments opt-in integration with 3rd party plugins
    - Drop old technologies altogether (PHP4/IE6)
    - Widgets: Better handling esp. when switching themes, more personalization
    - Mobile support by default
    - Most important SEO options built-in
    - Better WPMU setup
    - Uhmmmmm... maybe stricter plugin requirements? (regarding e.g. settings, uninstall, documentation, etc.)

    Happy 2011 everybody! :D

  4. I would love to see a release cycle where basically nothing new really gets added, but everything longstanding that needed fixing or revamping gets attention.

    Just go through and handle all the stuff we mean to get around to, but never have the time - a huge spring clean if you will. ;) So much would get attention, it would seem new all around. But, like, *better*.

  5. Dwenaus
    Posted 4 years ago #

    • Core Plugins. Core Plugins. Core Plugins.
    • better documentation
    • improved menus - ie. good way to add all children of a menu item.
    • improved search
    • improved multilingual as a core plugin
    • core theme frameworks (?)
    • better search in plugin directory, some way to cleanup the old stuff that no longer is used/works.
    • basic Post type / meta box UI as a core plugin
    • +1 on Media Manager improvements
    • +1 Switch from svn to git
    • Core Plugins. Core Plugins. Core Plugins. :)
  6. kunalb
    Posted 4 years ago #

    1. Formalizing plugin dependencies—allow plugins to possibly register the plugins they depend on, perhaps leading to auto-download and perhaps auto-configure. (I'm thinking along the lines of how apt-get downloads—"these plugins will also be required, download?" and then accordingly move ahead.)
    2. Cleaning up the admin side backend code a bit more with lots of new filters and actions. I'd worked on the admin code a bit while making my plugin, and it's pretty confusing and isn't as customizable as I would have liked. This might also help in easily hiding irrelevant screens and bring far more customization to the back end.
  7. hzlzh
    Posted 4 years ago #

    1. I'd like the option of Google custom search integration;
    2. Users can custom the content of wp_header();
    3. Media/video improvement;
    4. Auto Save option needed, not just in wp-config.php;
    5. Theme frameworks for developers;

  8. julie.b973
    Posted 4 years ago #

    WordPress is my CMS of choice. Many thanks for everything you are doing with WP. Wishlist:

    1. Ability to expand/collapse page hierarchy so I can go straight to the section I'm focused on.
    2. Exports to include widget and menu content.
    3. Ability to exclude an image from a gallery.
    4. Control of cropping on image thumbnails.
    5. Show IDs on Pages and Posts screens as well as when editing an individual page or post.
    6. When using insert/edit link, it would be great if the Link URL field could be a drop down with a list of pages and posts within the website.
    7. Ability to schedule publishing and expiration of content.

  9. Joel
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I wanted to offer a few suggestions:

    Better support for posting html5 video?

    Also, I think the image upload process could use some work. Why can't I re-order in the "upload" area... why can I only do it in the "library"? Why does my image window stay open when I click "save"? Just some UI inconsistencies/confusion.

    Finally, I'd love to use the image gallery much more often... but It just doesn't work for me if I already use the "featured image"... because I don't want EVERY image in the gallery, just specific images. This feature could also be improved to allow selective gallery posts.

    thanks for the hard work!

  10. MAD000
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi All and happy new year.

    What I would like to see in the upcoming versions of WordPress are:
    1- Better support for RTL layout and languages (Arabic language)
    2- It would would be nice to see some RTL themes.
    3- The media upload tool should allow us to chose whether we want to automatically create a folder for the uploaded file (current feature), select an existing folder for the uploaded file or create a new folder manually.
    4- Category should have an option to include an image so that it can be displayed while viewing the category page.

    Regards and thanks for the amazing tool. I am committed more than ever to WordPress, after having analyzed other existing CMSs.

  11. John Hoff
    Posted 4 years ago #

    1-click backup option.

    User enters their FTP, FTPS, or SFTP and then with 1 click of a button WP automatically prompts them to download their database and then downloads the /wp-content folder to their hard drive.

    Important to have secured ftp connection available.

  12. Rami Yushuvaev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Twenty Ten improvments:

    • Add 2nd sidebar (left sidebar and right sidebar).
    • Add layout support (content-sidebar ; sidebar-content ; sidebar-content-sidebar ; sidebar-sidebar-content ; content-sidebar-sidebar).
    • Add 2nd nav menu above the header image.
    • Built in SOE support.
    • Upload logo (image) from the dashboard (to replace the blog name).
    • More options in core widgets.
  13. Rami Yushuvaev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    +1 for :

    • Links as post type (@knutsp).
    • Move Akismet and Hello Dolly out of the core package (@Jyri Väätäinen).
    • Post type admin as seen in More Types plugin should be standard feature (@adebaby).
    • Support multiple domains when going multi blogs (@Leroy12).
    • the blogroll feature has hardly ever changed. Might it be time to revisit the possibilities here? (@dylan).
    • built in flexibility to utilize 1,2, or 3 columns on a page or post (@ztstar).
    • Disable all plugins/themes that are not compatible with at least wp3.0 (@Emil).
    • Option to clear all/selected the revision history of the posts (@dhyanji).
    • bbPress Plugin (@Chip Bennett).
    • core theme frameworks (@Dwenaus).
  14. Andre
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I would like:

    • An easy way to merge WordPress sites or at least have import/export include users and related data.
    • A menu section for plugin settings so settings aren't scattered all over the place.
    • A Twenty Ten child theme that supports both BuddyPress and the bbPress plugin
  15. peter111
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Just one thing: Speed! Faster WordPress! And with mapping of options to speed even more by hardcoding. Reduce MySQL queries, minify CSS, minify JS, load everything in an optimal fashion, and other front-end changes that contribute to maximizing speed!

    Google is making speed an issue for search engine ranking, and WordPress is too slow for the moment.

  16. Víctor
    Posted 4 years ago #

    • Core plugins
  17. Sergey Biryukov
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    • Create the centralized system for l10n of plugins and themes. (@Milan Dinić)
    • Make Plugin and Theme Directory interface available in different languages.
    • Update the stylesheet of localized sites to 3.0 style.
    • Make localized versions stats available again.
  18. cannolo
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Improve the search in Forums to enable filtering by date, resolved/not resolved, and other simple things. Today, for example, I searched for a topic and had to wade through unresolved entries from six years ago! It would also help to suggest standard terms for searches; often I don't know what to search for.

  19. gatecitymedia
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Custom User Profile fields in the UI

  20. rezag
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My first thought in the last year or so has been better core/built-in support for content blocks. This in itself will make the WordPress even better than it is.

  21. Erlend Sogge Heggen
    Posted 4 years ago #

    More focus on BuddyPress & bbPress

    More than any other WP feature, I’d like to see BuddyPress and bbPress developed into a more mature state. To catch up with the WP core they should be receiving the lion’s share of attention right now.

    Maybe not for 3.2, but as soon as bbPress (plugin) 1.0 and BuddyPress 1.3 is out the door, I’d like to see a WordPress release that is all about playing nice with bbP and BP.

    Speed - Teach us!

    Speeding up WordPress just like that can’t possibly be an easy thing to do. Rather, why not educate us, the users? Give us more comprehensive information on how to build and maintain an “optimized” and “speedy” WordPress site. Give us (or point us to) the tools to closely analyze our sites and track down sources of slow-downs.

    Acknowledge contributions

    Contributions should happen mostly because you always want to help improve the very project that your site/client relies on, but there’s nothing wrong with a little extra incentive now and then.

    • Feature particularly helpful developers in blogposts, link to their portfolios, companies & services.
    • For every release cycle do a pseudo-competition for “Contributing Companies” where you post a top3 of companies that pulled the most weight for that release.
    • Create “honor badges” that developers can put on their sites to show that they’re committed to contributing back to the WordPress project.

    Custom post types UI

    Sure it’s advanced stuff, but from what I’ve experienced the advanced is easily separated from the simple when it comes to CPT. More Types is my favorite example of a CPT plugin that does a great job of opening up the simple stuff, while dodgy advanced options are less accessible. It also works seamlessly (last time I tried it) with all sorts of custom post types as opposed to some of these editors that won’t discover new or non-default types.

    Also supported:
    - Standardize how plugins deal with settings and navigation
    - PHP 5.2 required
    - Front-end editing/posting (i.e. make TinyMCE accessible in front end)
    - Akismet out of core

  22. Ian Stewart
    Theme Wrangler
    Posted 4 years ago #

    A beautiful Twenty Eleven theme elegantly designed to accommodate publishers that want a blog, a tumblelog, or CMS-ish theme.

    +1 for Better handling of widgets when switching themes; automatically moving widgets to the first available sidebar when sidebar ids don't match as opposed to moving them to inactive. It might be neat for themes to also register a "primary" sidebar when the first available sidebar might not be the best spot.

  23. elfin
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Suggestion for all future 'default' themes to have a full accessibility review before release.

  24. Lorangeo
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry for my English:

    • Ability to tag and categorize pages
    • : A lot of users and networks are not using posts (or very few) but would like to add keywords to their pages and categorize them. That is such a fundamental thing that it's difficult to rely on plug-ins. This should be included into the core. There are many requests for that in the forums and it's a very frustrating limitation of WordPress.

    • Get rid of the attach/detach system of pictures : The simplicity of the WP gallery is great but it should not be required to attach a picture to a post/page before including it into a gallery. I've never seen that before. This is just insane. Howerver i totally disagree with people that want very advanced plugins like NextGen Gallery to be included into the core. Ok, this is cool, but the core should be kept simple and basic.

    Sorry if theses suggestions had already been made.

    Thank you so much and keep the good work!

  25. Aaron Jorbin
    Posted 4 years ago #

    • Media!
    • Links as CPT
    • continue itterating on custom header / background to make it more child theme friendly
    • Front end poster (ala p2)
    • The ability to #blamenacin from the admin
    • Themes should register default widgets that populate a sidebar (assuming that it's empty), so that first time users aren't confused as to why adding one widgets removes the entire sidebar contents
    • Move away from KSES and towards a library that is actually maintained
  26. Charles E. Frees-Melvin
    Posted 4 years ago #

    1. Better Pagination of Post List pages. (i.e. what WP-PageNavi does)
    2. Clean up template tags, we have so many that do very similar things, and standardize parameters.
    3. Cleanup of Backwards compatibility code. Perhaps if we are uping the requirement to PHP5 that we remove funtions depreciated pre say 2.5 or 2.7
  27. youngmicroserf
    Posted 4 years ago #

    One thing I haven't read here but think would be really, really useful in the long run -

    full integration of the BP x-profile BACKEND functionality in the WP core. I've been playing with Buddypress and WordPress member setups and it's always annoyed me that there are two different locations in which member data is stored (particularly given the lack of information about how they are working / interact). Make that one extensible location, let BP use the WP member data instead of the other way around, as "syncronizing" currently requires.

    As I see it, member data is core WP functionality.


    +1 KILL THE THICKBOX, use something faster, please
    +1 on media handling, thumbnail cropping and regeneration from the backend
    +1 fine if this is added by core plugins, but if so, users should have the opportunity to choose their included core plugins like on the jQuery site
    +1 on conditional menus
    +1 on post/page expiration
    +1 on is_child (still...)
    +1 on sql joins (wp_query doesn't allow to use eg meta filters on more than one post type) - already in trac
    +1 better general options panel
    +1 make press this even better adding more one-click-posting functionality
    +1 Core option to post to facebook/Twitter (I'm continously finding myself in the situation where I'm posting stuff on fb instead of my blog)
    +1 work with facebook (who else...) on an option that allows external comments to be synchronized with fb comments via iframe, just like they propose with their comment box. It's a good idea, but it needs to be the other way around, users on fb should have to agree to their comments being stored on the blog site. Their "the web is facebook" approach should make them receptive to this, in my opinion.

  28. Peter Chester
    Modern Tribe
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I LOVE WordPress. Amidst my glowing affection, my biggest gripes are:

    * Kill the sidebar, long live the widget. Widgets should be completely rehashed so that I can place them contextually. Like, place a widget for a category, a post, a group of posts, etc. Many of my clients ask for multiple sidebars in multiple contexts and we end up with a zoo of sidebars. On that note, widgets sometimes need to know how wide the sidebar is. For example, an image widget ought to know how wide the sidebar is. Right now there is no way for the widget to really know about it's visual context.
    * Authentication code cleanup: I often want to make pretty frontend sign up systems or integrate with other SSO systems and am constantly getting stuck by the fact that there are inadequate hooks in the auth code. In general the auth code is hostile towards extension.
    * Menu system is awesome, but not expendable. I want to be easily able to tell the menu system that it should index custom groups of data / custom posts, etc..

  29. Peter Chester
    Modern Tribe
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Oh, and i'm down with WordPress absorbing my image widget.


  30. Name already exists
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My suggestions:

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