WordPress.com Reveals its Newest New Dash Editor

editor-announce1If you’ve been following the story, you know that the New Dash Post and Page Editor has been a continual work-in-progress since its introduction. This week, WordPress.com revealed the latest iteration of the Editor, according to the News announcement, based on feedback received from its users and is designed to be used on all devices, laptop and mobile.

While offering several major improvements to previous versions, this version of the New Dash Editor is not final, as @designsimply (WPcom Staff) explains in the Support forum thread dedicated to feedback.

Updates to bring in more features will be ongoing. If you find something you love is missing, make a note here and we’ll keep track of the requests so that data can be used as one part of future decision-making. We also look at other factors such as usage stats when making decisions.

Scrolling through the comments in that Support forum thread, currently 14 pages long, some major features appear not to have been brought over from the earlier iteration of the New Dash or from the WP Admin Post Editor. They include:

  • Link Manager doesn’t display previous content for easy linking
  • Image resizing
  • Basic image editing (rotating, cropping, etc.)
  • No toolbar buttons in HTML tab
  • No word count
  • No spell check
  • Copy a post feature (only available in the WP Admin Editor)
  • Request Feedback (only available in the WP Admin Editor)

If you are using the New Dash Post Editor and have concrete feedback about the New Editor, please add it in the Support forum thread for that purpose. Staff are addressing these concerns quickly and adding feature requests.

Again for users who wish to write in their own site’s WP Admin Post Editor, the easiest and quickest way to reach it is to log in on your own WordPress.com website rather than on the WordPress.com homepage. You can do this by adding wp-admin/ to the end of your own site URL.

For clarity, I create my posts almost exclusively in the WP Admin Post and Page Editor because that is how I learned to write with WordPress.com. Any changes to this Editor are made following changes to WordPress core (i.e. standalone WP).  My thinking is that the move to the New Dash reflects the desire on the part of WordPress/WordPress.com to have a common intersection for standalone WordPress users/WordPress.com sites, especially since jetpack users must have a WordPress.com username account. The fact that the jetpack module for standalone WP users is called “Manage” seems to reinforce this thought.

The one feature I would dearly love to see cross-pollinated to the WP Admin Post Editor is the way that Galleries are created and inserted. The New Post Editor does this far more intuitively than the WP Admin Editor currently does. But that will be a different post on a different site and will be reblogged here.

Have you tried newly reintroduced New Dash Editor? What are your thoughts, feelings? Does it do what you need it to do? Your comments are welcome!

How to Choose the Best Theme for Your Business Website


Excellent suggestions for anyone selecting a theme for their brand new site or changing their existing site’s theme, not just businesses. 10/10!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Building a beautiful website for your business begins with choosing a theme — a design that controls page layout, widget areas, and default style. With more than 350 free and paid themes on WordPress.com, selecting a theme for your business website can feel overwhelming, but you can make it easier by focusing on these three questions.

What Am I Publishing on My Website?

Draft a visual map of your website to help you plan your site structure and decide what you want your homepage to look like. Will your homepage contain static information about your business like a welcome message and business hours or do you want to showcase your latest blog content?

In a theme overview page or when trying out a live demo, look at how the theme handles Widgets— tools or content blocks that you can add, arrange, and remove on your website. Widget areas can include…

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Singing The New Dash Editor Blues

Since about 2011-12, WordPress.com users have been redirected to the New Dashboard (“New Dash”) after logging in on the main WP.com log-in page rather than to their primary site’s Dashboard. This change coincided with the introduction of the WordPress.com Reader and “Freshly Pressed” to the New Dash.  The “Quick Editor” was added and allowed users to select a Post Format to make a quick post on their site directly from the New Dash.

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In Memoriam: “Tess” Warn 1952-2015

yizkorSally “Tess” Warn (z”l) was a generous woman, both in real life and online as a volunteer moderator in the WordPress.com Community Support forums where we “met” several years ago. A kind soul, she helped out other WPcom users with her signature sense of humor and her broad knowledge of the platform and the web in general, which she freely shared with all in need and joyfully learned in return from the users she helped.

While our little circle of forum misfits has grown and shrunk over the years, Tess was certainly one of our cornerstones. It’s hard to imagine the forums without her.

Tess’ obituary can be found online, where you will also find a link to an online guestbook for her family.

*(z”l is the Jewish expression for “may her memory be a blessing.” No truer words…)