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  1. Dini

    I love that concept and I support this idea very much. TinyMCE simply cannot fulfill today’s user expectations anymore. People need columns, icons, tabs and other predesigned content elements. We need a built-in alternative instead of shortcodes, so average users can create nice content visually without any code.

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    • Greg Hyatt

      Dini,

      I am in full agreement with you. I think if WP would develop its own type of Visual Composer or something along the lines as that, I think they actually could see an exponential growth in the amount of people who would be willing to jump on board and start using WP as their choice of CMS.

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  2. darrinb

    My $0.02:

    I wish distraction free mode *stayed* distraction free until I turn it off. I write a lot of tutorials, and work on 2 screens, so I’m constantly moving my mouse from one screen to another to copy and paste code. It’s annoying that the admin menu and sidebar meta boxes appear every time your mouse moves out of the Editor textarea.

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    • Tai

      Repetitively copy-pasting between 2 screens is very un-Zen-like ;)

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      • kalico

        @Tai – curious what you would suggest as an alternative? :)

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        • Tai

          @kalico I don’t suggest any alternatives. He should turn it off. Distraction-free Mode is meant for typing, “distraction-free,” and not copy-pasting between screens and moving your cursor around.

          I’m not quite sure of that feature history, but I’ll assume the mouse-out event was intentional to allow full functionality back in. Possible theory: if you enable Distraction-free Mode, do stuff, do more stuff, un-click Distraction-free, do more stuff… you’re really, REALLY distracted ;)

          However, I do agree that this functionality can be improved. But for now, it behaves as it should.

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      • darrinb

        From a UX standpoint, if you *have* to click it to enable it, you should *have* to click it disable it. Yes, you have to click to fully disable the mode, but it’s quite jarring to have the sidebar and all meta boxes come fade/sliding in when you accidentally move your mouse out of the editor.

        If anything, it’s not consistent.

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        • Tai

          @darrinb I agree on the UX click point. Perhaps there can be a “Distraction-free” checkbox setting in Settings => Writing? The distraction-free button is not a TinyMCE requirement. It’s more of a UX feature.

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  3. Brian Hogg

    While not directly part of creating a new post initially, I’d love to see the experience around nonces expiring improved. When you are writing a long post and leave the add post page open too long and try to save things, seeing a bunch of -1s and “are you sure you want to do this?” messages is frustrating. There is a ticket for auto-refreshing nonces for the customizer:

    https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/31897

    but anyone know of any other work in that part of the post editor?

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    • mark k.

      @Brian, why not to extend the length of the validity of the nonce? If your workflow is for a page not to be submitted for 5 days then setting the nonce to have a six days window should be good enough and only very slightly less secure then the current 2 days window.

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  4. Anh Tran

    I really like the new concept and the UI improvements. It makes the terms of publishing clearer and reduces lots of distracted elements. I’m not sure about the concept of inserting elements into the editor and that is the only one thing I don’t 100% like.

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  5. Steve

    More support for popular responsive layouts (Foundation, Bootstrap) would be awesome and provide a LOT more flexibility. I still find that if I want something to look really neat on a clients page I have to get in and do it myself.

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  6. Jeremy Englert

    I’d love to see a major release dedicated solely to improving the UI and UX of the WordPress dashboard.

    Menu items such as “Reading” and “Writing” probably don’t make sense to the average user.

    I also think a huge issue with the UX has to do with plugins. It would be awesome to see guidelines set for plugin developers that set some kind of standard for how a plugin should integrate with WordPress.

    I spent 10 minutes the other day trying to figure out where the “Theme Checker” plugin installed – only to find it tucked away under the “Appearance” tab. While this makes sense after finding it, the initial hunt was not fun and I imagine it would be even more frustrating to a user unfamiliar with WordPress.

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  7. buzztone

    I have now problem with this happening but can’t get excited about it. It’s just a small tinkering around the edges IMHO and nowhere near as interesting as the original Content Blocks proposal.

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  8. Ahmed Kaludi

    This one rather looks confusing…

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  9. Andrea

    it might sounds stupid, but in my opinion before we concentrate on fancy functionalities like nice UI to adding grid, boxes, etc.. (which can already be achieved using plugins). We should address one very important flaw of the current editor, which is the fact that a user cannot easily add a line break, because as soon as you press Enter, the editor goes on a new paragraph adding a margin between the lines.

    of course you can quite easily go in “text mode” and add a br tag manually, but most of the users don’t know it, and it’s quite an hassle if you have many of them within a page.

    it is a feature that everyone needs, so I normally add a custom shortcode for BR, and explain the clients how to use it, but I’d love if there was a built in solution in the wp_editor, quick and easy to understand.

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  10. Greg Hyatt

    Jeff,

    This was an amazing article. After reviewing the previous concept, my only question is “why didn’t they put it into place?”

    I think this would gain a phenomenal amount of traction in the present WP community.

    Anything that provides a user with more options to utilize more resources without having to rely upon shortcodes, could be nothing short of amazing.

    I would love to see this concept come back onto the plate for the next release of WP.

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