This is kickoff: 10 things that have been bothering me (for a long time) in WordPress. You probably have some too, let’s share!
Posted by Spremiagrumi on Tuesday, 21 May 2019
WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) with 61% market share in the industry and 34% of all websites in the world. It is the script acclaimed by all those who publish regularly on the Internet, be they individuals or organizations, companies and public services.
If its ease of daily use and the constant frequency of its updates make it the favorite program of the editors, there are still some shortcomings that are sometimes difficult to understand as they relate to basic functions that have never evolved in fifteen years. In this video I list what we think is missing the most in WordPress. Obviously everything described below is widely available in the form of many plugins (which sometimes duplicate themselves) but that is precisely the problem: adding plugins weighs down the system, can slow it down and even create security holes.
1. Management of real comments
This lack is part of the WordPress mysteries. Being a CMS that grew up with blogs, it should have long since equipped itself with a real management of comments, which contribute so much to the content. Instead, this part has barely changed for 15 years, remaining as basic as ever, while many third-party systems like Disqus or Graphcomments show the way forward. Also to (really) disable comments on a site if you don’t want them, or to subscribe to them, you have to go through a plugin …
2. Real layout
Sure WordPress offers basic layout, but it’s crude and outdated. When will there be a real layout like the one natively offered by so many themes and plugins?
3. Real management of user rights
WordPress offers simple user rights management. Knowing that many sites are published by multiple authors, or by client-provider pairs, it becomes necessary for WordPress to offer a truly advanced rights management system without going through an external plugin.
4. A native cache
WordPress code (even if it’s poetry …) isn’t the best organized or optimized in the world. A good little built-in caching system would allow you to cope with traffic peaks without going through sleepless nights …
5. A large green “PUBLISH NOW” button.
Have you ever scheduled a post, so have you tried moving on to publish it right away? Manipulations are tedious and that requires reprogramming that doesn’t work half the time. Dotclear had it and it was very simple. You had planned an article and changed your mind to publish it immediately, you just had to click on Publish now. Done.
6. Limit login attempts for security
Having your site hacked is a blogger’s worst nightmare. Of course, there are a multitude of best practices to avoid this disappointment, but it wouldn’t hurt if WordPress took inspiration from highly secure sites by limiting subsequent connection attempts to avoid intrusions.
7. A system of duplication of site settings
Many publishers or site builders implement multi-themed networks. It would be interesting for them to have an option that, once a site has been perfectly configured with its theme, options, settings and plugins, it can all be exported with one click so that they can very quickly duplicate it on several other sites. There are plugins for this, too bad it’s not native, like exporting the user base.
8. A true internal search engine
WordPress’s internal search system has evolved quite a bit over time, but it’s still pretty basic and not super smart. It deserves a much better native search engine than this, with multi-criteria options.
9. An integrated contact form (and GDPR compliant)
A base in 2019, right? Since it’s pretty much a legal requirement to be contactable, why isn’t there a built-in, basic or advanced WordPress form builder?
10. A workflow management system for newsrooms
With Trello-like features and Slack-like internal messaging, plus some AI to help with writing …
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