Reader Update

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    Just as we have a choice of themes, I’d love it if WordPress could offer us a choice of Readers. I’ve written more about this here:



    I love WordPress but I am not loving the new reader! It really bothers me that the photos are cropped in an unsightly way. Everything just looks squished…visually unappealing. Can you restore some of the old format?Thanks for listening to my feedback!



    My feedback on the new reader and the way its starting to affect my use of WordPress.

    Lay out I find poor for photography and art.

    Its cutting down on what I view and in the future how many blogs I subscribe too. I suspect, may cut back on subscribed sites as I am viewing less content.

    I have a tendency to click on the photography sites I follow although it now takes more time and I am also more disinclined to subscribe and follow new sites. As viewing is now more of a hassle

    I was in the habit (I am now finding out) of using the viewer to look at the art sites I subscribe to and I am now viewing virtually no art on WordPress and slightly less photography.

    More time spent following links less time spent viewing content.




    Allowing people to opt-out of the “recommendations” is not having another version. You have failed to answer the question:-

    Why do you not show respect to your customer’s choice and let them opt-out of the Reader recommendations.



    The bug issue I reported in the other (closed) thread about the Reader update, messed up my blog’s Reader page for good!
    – The majority of my posts fail to load the images, I see only the text.
    – The ones that show images, don’t show the image I choose to appear first (the main photo)
    – Posts of 4 + photos show only 1 photo, that’s randomly selected by the Reader, not the one I chose
    – Some photos are even smaller than their already thumbnail size.
    – Of course the bug still distorts the images
    – The Reader is very slow, if not dead.
    Here are 2 screenshots*:
    *Look at the time (bottom right), even after 5 hours or if I refresh, the images won’t appear.
    To save some time (!) I already cleared cache and cookies, tried different browsers, computers, tablets, laptops and connections and have no add-ons.
    It happened to me before (after some Reader changes you did…) and it’s sooo very annoying:
    How can I continue blogging like this??


    Today I made a new post just over an hour ago and it is not showing up in the Reader at all.

    Also, did not receive an email notice of the new post from “following” my blog through WP which means all of my followers also didn’t receive a notification of a new post.

    Is this a temporary glitch?


    Both issues are resolved, I think.

    I did receive the email notification for the first post I made today, but not the second one yet.

    Both new posts are showing up in the Reader now. Although both have a badly cropped photo and very tiny text in white on the photo.



    What happened to the Reader feed? It looks so different; I’m disoriented. Plus, one of the blogs is by an artist, and all she posts are her illustrations, and in this new feed format, nothing shows. So I have to click on every single entry to see anything and it’s very cumbersome. Before I could see the main pic in the post preview; if she had a gallery of several pics in one post, I could see them in small icons. If I wanted to see more detail, I could click on the particular post that interested me. Now, there’s just NOTHING THERE (in the reader feed). :( BTW, my own pics in my own blog posts show up in the reader feed, so my problem is not with my own blog. It’s with someone else’s, so I guess it’s her issue…



    Thanks for more info on video posts, however, you didn’t mention why blog posts with a main photo, text and a video are reduced to a badly cropped landscape version of the photo with a title that is so tiny it can hardly be read.

    Did you look at my screenshot?

    Yes, I looked at your screenshot and also recorded the feedback in my list. I forgot to mention that in my last reply to you above though. Sorry about that!


    @ designsimply, thanks. Happy Holidays to you, too.



    I have published two posts this week and neither of them displayed a single photo on the Reader. Beautiful photos, four or more on each post, and all that shows up on the Reader are a few words. Using Windows 10, Microsoft Edge. I have many complaints about the new Reader, all of which have been voiced and/or censored by others. But no graphics on the Reader is really annoying.



    I have to say that I find the new reader layout pretty dire. I suspect the number of clicks to view blogs has gone through the roof. For the most part I follow photographic blogs – it’s just hard work to look at them now.
    Style over substance, the need to fiddle with something that wasn’t broken, change for the sake of it…….



    Thank you for the feedback! You asked for Reader themes. Rather than offering themes, we typically try to make the best balance possible for a feature and keep iterating.

    Other than the way it displays images, I like it too.

    We are listening to the feedback about images! An update that lets you click to expand a photo has just been added. This will allow you to view the full photos in stream, without having to click to the post and back. We worked really hard to get this out to address some of the concerns. More changes based on feedback will likely be made. Stay tuned!


    I thought the idea of Reader was to give people reason to view our posts not make it easier to avoid going to the post itself. Or maybe I am misunderstanding.


    @tildy1, thank you for the feedback. We added a click-to-expand option for photos which restores some of the old format (with a click) and also keeps the amount of scrolling smaller than before.


    @grahaminhats, aha, yes, I read your last comment as about the Reader as a whole which was not correct because you clearly said recommendations. Sorry about that! We decided to roll out recommendations everyone because we hope it will benefit more people and because we want to avoid adding too many settings for things when we can avoid it because otherwise it could easily become bloated with too many options.


    @pellymade, I’ve sent you an email to try to help address the concerns you have posted that require a bit more in-depth review because there are a lot of other replies going on back and forth which make it hard to follow here in the forums.


    @merrylark, we added a click-to-expand option for photos which may help. Past that, if there’s something funny going on with a specific blog, then I can help take a look and test it to see what’s going on if you reply back here with a link to the blog.


    @jeteliot, I checked the latest post on your blog as a test:

    And I found that the images are not being picked up by the Reader because they are too small. The current requirement is images must be embedded at 350px or more.


    @rakmilphotography, the goal is to connect more people with more blogs they love.

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