I recently developed a snappy blog for one of my clients, a writer who wants to sell some off-the-shelf products. I redid my website in WordPress last winter
and am still downright thrilled with how liberating it is to be able to not just correct a typo, but add, delete or reorder pages, upload graphics and pdf files, etc. For those who are accustomed to dealing with Neanderthal web geeks who disappear for weeks at a stretch, WordPress is nirvana.
As I logged into WordPress and began creating his blog, I was in for a very nice surprise. Big upgrade—WP is now infinitely easier to use. I created his blog in less than an hour and a half, including a customized header and populating it with some blogposts and images. Some highlights:
- In the old version, you had to upload images separately, then import them into your blogpost. You can now do this in one activity.
- It’s easy to add a caption to your images as well as control the placement—right, left or center. In the old version, you took what you got.
- You can add a page to your blog, which blurs the line between a blog and a website. In the old days, a blog was a single page. Period—no drilldown.
- It used to be that there was a lot of hocus-pocus involved in getting a domain name for your blog—you know—wordpress.yourname.com, etc. Now it’s just a matter of putting $18 on a credit card. Love this.
- It’s easy to post to your social media sites. Clearly marked, Post to Facebook—what could be an easier way to integrate your communication channels.
- Invite people to subscribe to your blog. Really love this one. As anyone who’s been there knows, it’s VERY difficult to build a following on a blog. With this feature, you drop a bunch of email addresses into a field, compose a snappy little message, and hit “Send”. Anyone would be a fool not to follow you, right?
One thing I still find annoying. Since I never log out of WordPress, why doesn’t it remember that I’m still logged in and let me just keep working? Instead, I get this crappy, very confusing login screen where I have to log in, then identify my blog—I guess for those who have multiple blogs this would be relevant, but frankly, I have enough trouble keeping up with one.
Nevertheless, a standing O for WordPress—they’ve made huge strides in making this application accessible.