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.
“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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