New Interface is Confusing

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  • #303388

    norberthaupt
    Member

    The new interface is a huge step backwards.
    What used to be intuitive is now complicated.
    What used to be right at my fingertips I now have to find buried deep down.
    Let’s move forward, not back.

    #303541

    Being more specific may help the designers make changes?

    Also, they have a guide that helps explain the changes:

    http://support.wordpress.com/wordpress-27-changes/

    #303542

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    It might be useful to read through this:
    http://support.wordpress.com/
    (which is found on the “help” button on the top right of your dashboard)

    Changes are difficult, but this new version is really quite nice because you can arrange many things to suit yourself. Once you get used to it, I think you’ll find it less complicated than before.

    Anyway, there is no going back.

    #303543

    lostonsafari
    Member

    norberthaupt, I agree with you about a few of the changes. I’d prefer it if the dashboard options weren’t set up in a long list down the left hand side, which means for slower searching, more scrolling.

    Also, what’s happened to the click to enlarge feature with posted pictures? I really liked that because it meant pics could be posted as thumbnails (taking up less page space) but readers who wanted to see a pic in more detail could choose to click on it to view it at full size on another page. Can’t we bring that one back, pretty please?

    #303544

    nickmomrik
    Staff

    @lostonsafari

    Also, what’s happened to the click to enlarge feature with posted pictures? I really liked that because it meant pics could be posted as thumbnails (taking up less page space) but readers who wanted to see a pic in more detail could choose to click on it to view it at full size on another page. Can’t we bring that one back, pretty please?

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    #303545

    lostonsafari
    Member

    (but the new dashboard does look visually better!)

    #303546

    lostonsafari
    Member

    Many thanks, that workd! :D

    #303566

    anagasto
    Member

    In Spanish they call this sort of thing a haberdasher’s drawer where, if you look long enough, you will surely find what you are looking for, a red button, a safety pin, or an amulet of the Virgen de los Impossibles.

    Maybe the idea behind the changes was to discourage writing and encourage media publication.

    Let’s pray that the HTML people will survive in their mini microspace. I remember I once saw the discussion groups of MSN where the space allowed for writing was the size of a postage stamp.

    #303594

    haberdasher’s drawer is such a great analagy, cantueso. It’s like the designer knows where everything else is in the drawer, but users are at the mercy of finding the now not visible forum link & support link to come to the creator for answers….

    #303612

    yohanesniko
    Member

    I like the new dashboard. Try to explore A LITTLE BIT and you’ll find what you’re looking for. It’s only the matter of habit, once you get used to it everything will be easier.

    #303613

    I love your gravatar, yohanesniko!

    #303615

    “haberdasher’s drawer” :)

    …reminds me of one of those hidden object games :D

    I don’t really have time to “look” for everything I need – I need it there, where it should have been.

    If I could still get windows live writer to work with the new update I probably wouldn’t be complaining about the new dashboard since I seldom see the dashboard…now that WLW won’t work with the new update (okay, I haven’t figured out how to make it work with the new update) I have to use the dashboard and it’s become annoying fast (only because I don’t generally use it all).

    Well, it is Sunday (here)…maybe instead of complaining I could start finding what I need…

    #303636

    anagasto
    Member

    diamondfistwerny: it’s really nice that you see the analogy. However, I mean, really, your nick, you would not mind my saying that it is far from unforgettable, would you?

    #303641

    Cantueso, people often zone in on my nick :P It’s not what many might think :P

    #303656

    @graceystinson: Where exactly is “there, where it should have been”? Didn’t you also have to “look” for some things in the old dashboard when you first started blogging?

    #303662

    On the old dashboard. Looking meant moving your eyes around the screen to find what one was looking for. On the new one, a person has to scroll to find it. It’s an extra step. On the old dashboard, things were not hidden several levels down (for the most part). For example, “Forums” “Support” “Sticky Note” “Password Protect” ad nauseum

    #303667

    @diamondfistwerny: If the old dashboard was so, then why did we have the innumerable questions in the forum on where is this and where is that?

    The sticky option, in particular, got buried for a very good reason. (If you’re not aware of it, I can tell you.)

    #303668

    I know the reason, and I believe that’s why SUPPORT/FORUMS got buried too. Which answers your first question, doesn’t it. Listen panag, I ain’t gonna haggle with you. It’s actually working on my last nerve. Please find someone else to challenge; or whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing (short of helping commenters in the forum).

    #303694

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    “…there is nothing either good or
    bad, but thinking makes it so…”

    #303696

    at 1tess Oh Hamlet! I love me some Hamlet!

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