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!