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How Can WordPress Be Improved?

Yesterday, I looked at some of the ideas that bloggers who use WordPress have proposed to the developers of the blogging platform. Some of these ideas dates back to seven years ago. I realised that we have many bloggers to thank for most of the features WordPress has today that make blogging an overall enjoyable experience.

Personally, I am quite satisfied with the way WordPress presently is, although I would be happy if the developers of WordPress took some ideas I believe will improve WordPress into consideration.

Does WordPress Need to Be Improved?

We usually don’t see the need for something to be improved until it is improved. I was satisfied with the Facebook LIKE button six years ago when I started out using Facebook, but when the new reaction buttons were introduced, my Facebook experience suddenly got more interesting.

It is just the same with Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, and basically all the websites and online platforms that exist today. If you compare how these platforms are now to how they were a few years ago, you can tell that the difference is clear, can’t you?

The truth is, social media and online platforms like WordPress will always need improvement. You might be satisfied with the features that it presently has, and the services being rendered to you; however, someone else who uses the same platform might be upset with how terrible the services he is getting are.

So, How Can WordPress Be Improved?

1. Set the default comment feature to allow visitors to add media to their comments.

I read about two plugins that allow your blog’s visitors to add media (photos, videos, and audio files) to their comments. This is a great functionality, although I think it would be better if we didn’t have to install a plugin before our readers can add media to their comments.

As great as WordPress default comment feature is, it could use some improvement. More often than not, your readers might want to share a screenshot, an e-book, a resource material, or even a meme – for humorous effect – but because they can’t, they would have to summarise or express their thoughts in words. Sometimes, it can be hard for them to find the right words to express their thoughts, so they often end up not commenting – and I don’t blame them. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

WordPress needs to have a default comment feature that allows people to add different types of media (EPUB, PDF, DOC, DOCX, WAV, MP3, MP4, JPEG, JPG, etc.) to their comments. The default comment feature we presently use is so old school, don’t you think?

2. Create (free) themes that make it impossible to use the Copy/Paste function on WordPress sites.

If this idea is actualised in future versions of WordPress, while it may not completely tackle the pet peeve of every writer – plagiarism – it will surely go a long way in curbing the problem.

Some “writers” have formed the habit of stealing other writers’ articles and taking credit for it. Usually, they would steal bits of the articles, like a sentence or maybe a paragraph. But sometimes, they go as far as copying the whole article exactly as it is, word for word.

Yes, people can be that thick.

If I had any knowledge of CSS and theme customisation, I would have taken it upon myself to solve this problem, seeing as my articles have been plagiarised many times. But since I don’t have any knowledge in this field, I would appreciate it if WordPress developers looked into this matter.

3. Go LIVE!

You may argue that this idea, unlike the first two, isn’t exactly solving a problem. Well, sometimes, you don’t need to find a problem in your site before you should think of upgrading it. Sometimes, people upgrade their sites and platforms simply to add juice to it – to make the user experience more fun and interesting.

Now, how would you feel if WordPress created a feature that allows you to broadcast live videos, and allows your blog readers to tune in and comment during the broadcast?

Yes, it sounds very much like Periscope, Twitter, and also Facebook – I know, that’s where I got the idea from.

I will be elated if WordPress creates this feature in the nearest future! It would beat the option of uploading prerecorded videos because your blog visitors would now be able to comment while you’re shooting the video, and you, in turn, would be able to respond to their comments immediately.

It would also be a great advantage to people like me who are camera shy. If WordPress creates this feature, it would [might!] persuade me to broadcast videos of myself talking about the things I would love to talk about. And I wouldn’t have to worry about what to say or how I sound because your LIVE, encouraging, and engaging comments would distract me from all those distracting thoughts. LOL.

4. Allow the comment box to appear after the estimated reading time of every blog post.

In a recent blog post I wrote, “When Liking Other Bloggers’ Posts Becomes a Sin”, I had an interesting discussion with the people who shared their opinions in the comments section. We discussed spam likes AND spam/dishonest comments.

As I have stated many times, I do not appreciate dishonest comments on my blog posts. And while I choose not to believe that every “nice post!” comment I get is spam and dishonest, I will be upset if I upload an article of 1,500 words, and a comment comes in seconds later saying, “nice post”. I might even delete such comment if that happens.

I was surprised to discover that a blogger, Avinash Mishra, has already made the same suggestion to WordPress developers.

He wrote:

“Many readers just comment to build some backlinks and they do spam comments. Even they use many automated commenting tools. They just copy and paste generic comments in various posts on different websites. However we have various tools to stop spam comments like human verification, captcha, etc. But, including this another feature i.e., time spent on reading specific content/article will set another milestone to make web spam free, engaging along with establishing wordpress as highly productive CMS.

Blog/Website admin should have flexibility (Before publishing any article) to set expected threshold time to read specific article based on its length. It’ll determine to find out genuine blog reader, it will give lagging to many automated commenting tools, will trigger Google to implement bounce rate algorithm, it will make WordPress more and more famous among various CMSs, also it will help to trust particular reader or commentator based on time spent to read article and then posting quality comments.

Implementing time spent on particular content with WP-COMMENT feature will be revolutionary, especially among bloggers. It will even excite Google to make changes in their algorithm.

Think upon it!”

I, for one, fully support this idea, and I would appreciate it if WordPress developers worked on making this feature available in future versions.
This feature doesn’t have to be a default setting, though, since some people might think it’s a terrible idea. I suppose it is all right if it is made an optional setting.

So, what do you think about these ideas? Do you have any ideas that you want the developers of WordPress to take into consideration? Please share your thoughts in the comments!


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23 thoughts on “How Can WordPress Be Improved?”

  1. 🙂 The WordPress commenting system can be improved.

    At the moment, you can edit a comment that you made on your own blog, but you cannot edit your own comment that you made on someone else’s blog.

    Disqus, Facebook comments and Google Plus allows the user to edit their comments; which comes in handy the day that you make a typographical error in the comments thread of someone else’s blog.

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    1. Yes, the commenting system needs to be improved. On several occasions, I have posted a comment on someone’s blog post and found out shortly after that there was a typo or an omitted word in my comment. I then had to make another comment to apologise to the blogger and correct the first comment.

      This needs to be changed as soon as possible.
      Thank you, Renard, for this valuable contribution.

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    2. It happens to all of us. Sometimes I notice the typos right away (and write another comment correcting it), and sometimes I find it when it’s too late (after the author responds to me).
      I personally really like the fact that there are no edits allowed. Otherwise people would just go and delete/ edit things that were crucial and the conversation would no longer make sense. Been there, done that.

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      1. A very interesting point of view, Goldie.

        But do you think if WordPress commenting system were more like Facebook’s, it would be better than it is now? I mean, if you could edit your comments and people could still see what you edited – as in, people could check your edit history – would you prefer that commenting system to the one we’re using right now?

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  2. Yeah. I guess these improvements could be made but I’m not too sure if WordPress would want to add the live video feature. There’s YouTube and Instagram and Facebook with the video feature and adding that feature to a seemingly “words only” app might not sound like a good idea. I know of WordPress accounts that are able to post videos on here but I guess it’s a feature from the premium plan.

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    1. Well, most of the features we enjoy today didn’t sound like a good ten years ago. 😏
      I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
      About your last sentence, what makes you say that? I use a free plan and I can post videos. I just tried to do it now and it worked – I uploaded a video in a draft post just now.
      Maybe you should try it out and see if it works for you, too. I would like to know if it works.

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  3. It’s a great observation that we don’t always see the need for change until it actually happens. Some changes have a bigger impact than others, depend on the receiving user.

    However, I am also big on “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Too many times I’ve been a witness to change that no one seemed to ask for, and when it came, it made everyone hate it. WP has recently been a great example. 1. They added a new post editor. I’m perfectly fine with the old/ classic one. The new one seems unnecessarily complicated. However, I do think that some people might find it useful. I just hope that WP gives us the option (like it does not), instead of forcing us to use something we don’t really like. 2. They changed the color scheme. What was wrong with the old one? The blue hues worked. Now we have dark blue, ugly orange and PINK? Again, I wish they gave us the option to stay with the old. Or give us total control in choosing our own colors.

    Being able to put media in the comments is a great idea, but I’d be weary of potential viruses. You can embed a YT video in the comments. Did you know that? I’d also be worried that the comments would turn into 1% words, 99% everything else. I sometimes think emojis should be banned if someone replies only with them.

    You reminded me that every now and then I should search the web for potential plagiarism of my work. There should be a plugin/ app for THAT. It would just take your post and run it and give you the results with a simple push of a button. You’d know if it’s just a word, a sentence, or the whole thing. Disabling copying+pasting would prevent us from C+P when we comment and want to use a specific part of the post to refer to. Or when we are inspired by someone’s words.

    Although I probably wouldn’t use the “Live” feature, I think it would be a totally AMAZING one.

    About the timed comments suggestion – an interesting idea. I wouldn’t mind it being AN OPTION (not forced upon me). The thing, though, is that people read at various speeds, so maybe someone reads faster than you, and will then have to wait for the comment box to appear. Or someone reads slower and gets the comment box before they finish reading, so they just skip the rest and comment. Also, I would be worried that it would turn some people off (not wanting to wait for it to appear), while others would just open it, walk away, come back, comment and voila. All without reading.

    Yes, I can find a fault in almost anything, but it’s because I like dissecting things and considering all options.

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  4. I heard about that new Editor – Gutenberg, is it? I heard it uses blocks (not that I understand what “blocks” are anyway) to do almost everything. I’m fine with the old editor, too, but sadly, I read somewhere that Gutenberg will soon be the default editor.

    Wow! No, I didn’t know you could embed a YT video in the comments. (Thanks for letting me know!) I will try out that feature on my blog today.

    😂 😂 😂 Now, Goldie, isn’t that a bit extreme? Emojis should be banned!? 😂

    But I understand why you would think like that. I also hate getting comments that are just emojis, like this one “👍” that is often abused.

    While reading the ideas and suggestions on the WordPress.org site yesterday, I read something about plagiarism. A developer said something about how difficult it would be to create a plugin that searches the web for plagiarised content. He gave some technical reasons that were beyond my understanding, but in the end, he said if the WordPress team succeeded in creating such a plugin, it would be sold to bloggers at a very expensive price for obvious reasons.

    Wow, Goldie, just wow! You would make a great critic! You ARE a great critic! I mean, I couldn’t find any faults in these ideas at first, but after reading your comment, I’m just amazed.

    WordPress definitely needs people who think like you on their team.

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    1. I was almost done typing a reply to this when my computer decided to spontaneously restart. (Well truth it that I knocked the power switch accidentally.)

      Anyway. As I was saying:

      I was wondering why you replied to all of my replies to other people, but not to my original comment, so I went to “Conversations” only to see that your reply posted as if it was a separate comment. Not a reply to me. I must remember to check Conversations more regularly. Time, why do you run so quickly?

      The blocks are supposed to make the post easier to customize. Make the post fancier. I don’t know what it can do that the classic editor can’t. And, when I tried the new one, I could not find the hyperlink option for the life of me, so go figure.

      Why thank you. I’d consider freelancing for WordPress. $1 million offers will be considered within 24h. Anything less than that might take me up to a week to accept/ reject. DM me, WP!

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      1. I am sorry about that. I don’t know why it keeps happening, though. I use the WordPress app to reply comments, and you’re the only person who complains about this. I will look into it. However, I want to blame the app for this glitch.

        So far, I’ve got only negative reviews about this new editor. Apparently, not every change or improvement is necessary. That’s one thing Gutenberg has taught me at least. 😂

        At that rate, you can be sure that you’re on your way to becoming the next Bill Gates. Or even someone wealthier. 🙌

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  5. I love the idea of a live stream. WordPress could be the next social media go to. I think the main problem with Facebook is that it is presented as “free” so they can manipulate your page as they see fit. But with WordPress, you pay for your own page, which means you have more control over your own page.

    Great article Obinna. I hope live-streams becomes a thing on WordPress.

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  6. Personally, I’d be happy if they would just quit changing the Editor when there’s nothing wrong with it. Every time they change the whole thing, it takes a lot of bloggers at least a year to get it under their belts, and then they start to actually enjoy blogging again. Then all of a sudden, WP changes the Editor again. And this most recent time, the changes make writing and posting a simple article totally, ridiculously difficult and time consuming. Moreover, they don’t even offer a button on the Editor section that will lead to a tutorial on the new Editor. When I complained about it loudly enough, I finally got a link to a tutorial, but that’s not the point. It should be right there in our face if we have to make the change, so that it’s super easy to find and use as often as we need it.

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    1. Oh my! That sounds terrible. I haven’t switched to the new editor, Gutenberg, and I’m still surprised that all I’ve been getting about it is bad reports.
      I think big changes like this one shouldn’t be imposed on us: they should be made optional. The old editor, as it is, meets my needs and expectations. And I believe it’s the same with nearly every blogger.
      They say Gutenberg makes writing and editing much easier, but it seems it was designed to do the opposite. It’s just so sad that it’ll be the default editor very soon.
      WordPress needs to look into this. They should stop making unnecessary changes, and if they can’t do that, let them try not to make these changes very often. It’s not always easy to adapt to change.
      Thank you so much for your contribution.

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