For work we have a paid-for work-related WordPress dot com website (not self-hosted WordPress dot org which is a completely different thing). I thought I’d keep a tally of some of the (reasonably recent) changes to the layout that really annoy me about it. Seemingly aesthetics has one out over functionality and it is extremely poor and unintuitive to make changes on the site.
The first thing to commit to memory is the suffix /wp-admin (stick it at the end of your homepage address) which will always take you to the main ‘old’ admin bit of your site, from which you should be able to find all the things you want to do.
My site has information about a 10-week course. There’s a landing page with an overview of the course and 10 sub-pages for each week, to which I add material every week. I’m fairly sure I used to be able to ‘URL hack’ the address to bring up the next page that I wanted to edit. If you can guess what the link for Week 8 might be you’ve already grasped URL hacking.
Things aren’t that simple once you’re stuck in their awful new editing system, the address I’m actually stuck with is
https://wordpress.com/page/teachinglondoncomputing.org/6925 [hopefully this won’t actually work if you click on it as you’re not logged in to my site]
This means I have to prune everything up to teaching… and after .org and re-add /wp-admin to start a new editing instance. It is seemingly impossible to navigate to other pages from within the editing pane. You may be lucky, if you’ve recently been on the /wp-admin you can use the back button, but invariably this won’t take you to where you want to be.
I can’t understand why the WordPress-using community (particularly those of us who’ve paid for an ad-free service) isn’t up in arms about how poor this interface is.
One thing they have fixed though is being able to access a new page or post you’ve just created. For a long time using the View Page (once the page was published) would only give you a sort of pop-up overlay but with no way of getting the actual address. If you click on the new button below it that looks like this you’ll be taken to a copy of the page from which you can collect the URL.
More bleats to come as I remember things about this new interface that annoy me…