Things I did not like on WordPress.com in 2016 – ep.1

In a few days it’ll be eleven years that I’m writing here on WordPress.com … and lately I have mixed feelings on the platform.

Some of the new features introduced in 2016 were not of my liking, so I thought to write them down and focus my ideas so to submit them to the Automattic’s team on UI and UX.

The new footer

footer-credits-option-wordpress-comA new Footer Credits Option was introduced earlier this year.

While I do understand the need of affirming the WordPress.com brand for site hosting (mainly due to the rise of Medium.com as a full featured publishing platform with huge social media echo and integration), I find that not all the options proposed are respectful of my Author status. “Powered by WordPress.com” is  – to me – the most right option.

I am not a member of WordPress.com ‘firm’, nor I do feel particularly inside a ‘WordPress.com community’ … since I do participate in any event or coordinated writing effort. So “A WordPress.com Website” or “Blog at WordPress.com” seems misleading to me.

I think that given the WordPress community standards behind Automattic this can be played better in 2017…

Missing template reference

Another personal chagrin is the loss of the mention of the template used by a particular blogger.

Lots of times I found myself discovering the available templates available here on WordPress.com … and being surprised by the stuff published by the various authors and the way they pushed the ‘limits’ of the theme they choose. In this, to make an easy example, my friend Riccardo Mori at System Folder is a master. Now … imagine you go ‘in love’ with the theme he is using: how much efforts do you have to make to see what template is he using if you want to adopt on your WordPress.com space ?

I can understand that if I am in a paying tier this option of hiding my tools and specs … like you can do when you buy an expensive Mercedes. But on free tiers you are hiding a potentially useful information to the platform users…

What do you think ? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Things I did not like on WordPress.com in 2016 – ep.1

  1. The new footer is about marketing, and I understand why Automattic has done this. Perhaps they could emulate the way that Medium does it. Medium uses a small logo in the upper right-hand​ corner of the website.

    I use the “view source” feature of my browser to look at the HTML on the site and find the CSS for the template. Then I open the CSS and at the top there is always a description of the template with its​ name and creator.

    For example, here is mine: https://islandinthenet.com/wp-content/themes/om/style.css?ver=1.2.2

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