WordPress is the most popular Content Management System to date. But is it really up to the task of managing your website? Over the last several articles we have looked at several main problems of WordPress including WYSIWYG Editors, Not enough control over document structure, and a somewhat confusing admin panel.
In this article we are going to look at some ways we can improve WordPress to make it way more user-friendly for content editors and business owners.
So let’s jump right in and look at 6 ways that we can improve the editing experience of this awesome Content Management System known as WordPress.
Last week, we talked about several specific problems with WordPress. I know I said this week we were going to look at some solutions. But in thinking about the problems mentioned, I realized that it was more important to first go over some key user experience (UX) principles before discussing specific solutions.
So this week we will look at what an optimal CMS user experience should look like. We’ll outline the groundwork needed to create a really good editing experience in WordPress, and any other CMS.
This article is based heavily on Rachel Andrew’s talk on “The Future of Content Management”. Her talk really opened my eyes to how much our current management systems are lacking. You can watch it here in it’s entirety.
According to Forbes, WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. But have you ever taken time to think about how WordPress manages content? Not only from an editing perspective but also from a design/development perspective.
This article has come about from years of experience with WordPress, talking and working with multiple Clients, and being inspired from other innovative products – like Square. One of the things that really strikes me about Square is that they are so focused on their users. They are focused on completely rethinking how payments are done in order to make them beautiful and easy to use.
Head over to Square.com and watch this video, it will give you the background needed to understand this article.
Let’s think about the WordPress Admin – is it focused on its users; is it easy to use; is it breathtaking? I think we’ll all agree that it could use some work in these areas.