I have been a user of WordPress since it’s first release. In fact, I used its’ problematic daddy “b2″ before that. When everyone was foaming at the mouth with glee about Moveable Type, I was sticking it out with WordPress. Since then it has become a dream to work with and I recommend it to anyone who wants to self-host a blog.
In fact, for ministries wanting to build a website of less than 25 pages, WordPress is a sensible default since there are now website focused themes like VibrantCMS out there that makes it dead simple. The only thing you really give up in WordPress as Content Management System is photography placement options alongside the text in pages and posts.
So, this morning when I heard again that WordPress would be redesigned in the back-end, I got excited. The dev team has made very few backward steps over the years with the interface and things keep getting better and better. One thing they have managed to do consistently is work well for all types of blogs, whether that be single-blogger once a month posting or multi-author blogs with 25 posts a day.
My only complaint the last three years has been that the editing/drafting box wasn’t wide enough to leverage my 17″ Macbook Pro’s display… or any wide display for that matter. Well, they now seem to be on a development track to fix that one as well. You can check out all the WordPress 2.7 Wireframes here, or sneak a preview by checking out the image below.
Besides the wider writing area, I also love that the menu has moved to left-side and is now collapsable. It may just be that I am viewing this in mono-tone and it is appealing to my minimalist senses, but it appears to me the interface has a more Google Apps feel to it as well. Other improvements seem to be a sharper focus on tagging, more accessible media tools, searching and filtering of things, and the presentation of where you are within the application.
The whole design now seems to be focused on getting things done and taking action on your blog. To quote the wireframe documentation:
All screens in list/column format now repeat column headers, bulk action controls and pagination at the bottom of the screen to prevent unnecessary scrolling. In addition, actions links in these screens have been moved to the left column, directly beneath the primary item title or excerpt.