PressThis Revamped with a New User Interface and Minimalist Design

PressThis is a bookmarklet that allows you to quickly publish drafts or posts without having to navigate the backend of WordPress. It was added to WordPress in version 2.6 and can be found in the Tools menu.

One of the major features coming in WordPress 4.2 is a completely revamped PressThis bookmarklet. Michael Arestad proposed the revamp back in February and more than 15 contributors have helped out with the project.

As you can see from the screenshots above (old PressThis on the left and new PressThis on the right), PressThis has a new user interface and minimalist design. Post meta boxes are replaced with menus that slide from left to right when clicked. The post editor has the bare essential formatting buttons and the add media button is in the bottom left corner.

New PressThis With Content
New PressThis With Content

When you select PressThis on a post or page, the title, source, and highlighted content will automatically be inserted into the editor. If the article uses images, you’ll see a list of ones to choose from below the post title.

Although images are initially inserted using a URL, they’re automatically uploaded to the local WordPress media library once a post is published or saved as a draft. Not only is this a convenient feature, but it also prevents hot linking.

While testing PressThis, I found it to be fast and a pleasure to use. If you plan on using it as your primary post editor, keep in mind that it doesn’t have a way to add featured images. It’s possible this will be added in a future version.

PressThis is More Than Just a Bookmarklet

While using PressThis, I discovered that it’s more than just a bookmarklet; it’s also an experimental post editor. It gives the core team a chance to experiment with different content authoring approaches without interrupting the core experience.

George Stephanis, who is one of the project’s contributors, says PressThis could potentially turn into a multi-blog browser extension.

One of the biggest drawbacks to PressThis is that you can’t use it to publish to multiple sites. Arestad says the ability to switch sites is on the roadmap. With the ability to switch sites, PressThis could turn into a closely tied third-party blogging application tailored exclusively for WordPress.

I’m excited about what the future holds for PressThis. It’s been neglected for years, but it could turn into one of the most useful parts of WordPress. I encourage you to try it when WordPress 4.2 is released later this month.


7 responses to “PressThis Revamped with a New User Interface and Minimalist Design”

  1. I agree. I use Press This regularly. I am on 2014 Theme which uses Featured Images. I always have to exit Press This before publishing to return and insert my featured image. Adding the Featured Image option would really make this marklet a winner. As it is the new interface won’t change daily life very much for me, but I am glad to see some forward movement here.

  2. The auto upload of hotlinked images is terrific, but I’m so sick of this form over function trend. Are the paragraph alignment options so ugly and distracting they had to be removed? It’s not like the console of the Starship Enterprise; no one is going to be scared away by a proper set of menu buttons.

  3. Another good point the bookmark let not supporting a featured image is a real drag. Because it breaks the flow of content. Instead of being able to publish something smoothly and without any interruptions we are forced to go back and add the one fundamental thing that has been in Word Press since the early days.


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