WordPress is beginning to move several blogging features from the individual blogs to a main WordPress area. If you know anything about cloud computing (a web-based software environment that replaces desktop computing, which at this point removes much of the customization we now enjoy on our personal computers), and if you are more than a little familiar with WordPress blogging, you will suddenly have the aha moment when you recognize what the WordPress team is doing. They are in the beginning stages of implementing site-wide cloud computing for WordPress.
They are launching the new platform by removing the blog stats page from the individual blogs to a WordPress page, and in the process we lose layout customization as well as the left dashboard menu. Below is my objection written to Andy Skelton, the WordPress author of the blog post, “Your Stats Have a New Home”.
Point 1 I checked out the new stats page. You’re right: it is a lot faster but it’s not customizable. You have removed the personalization factor for which WordPress has become so well known and appreciated. Sure, I can move each stat section up and down, but the efficiency of arranging them side by side is now gone. What once required only a quick swipe of the scroll wheel to see every stat section, now requires I scroll, and scroll… and scroll.
Point 2 The side menu is gone which means I can no longer access all of my blog tools from this screen.
Point 3 You have reduced an already small font to an even smaller size. I don’t have microscopic vision and I should not have to use a magnifying glass to comfortably read my blog stats. And yes, I am wearing corrective lenses.
Point 4 Washed out baby blue with very little contrast doesn’t get it. I feel like I’m taking a walk through wispy clouds without a tether tied to earth. The page is stark and has no warmth. Okay, so it goes fast and incorporates new functionality. Would you enjoy driving a feature-rich, smokin’ fast Lamborghini if it had non-adjustable seats and mirrors and boasted a washed-out baby blue interior color scheme? I wouldn’t either. But for some reason you think that’s okay for a Lamborghini blogging site.
Point 5 I tested the New Post feature from the WordPress.com page (same area to which you plan to permanently move the stats page). The Live Preview feature would certainly increase productivity, and that is certainly a bonus. But, I write all posts in HTML format, bar none, and you have removed the HTML tab. If your removal of the HTML tab is a permanent change, and if – as you are currently doing to the stats page – you also permanently move the New Post page from the individual blogs to the WordPress page, I will no longer be able to use WordPress. This is one of many missing features I found while testing the new page: So disappointing.
Point 6 I will soon have to leave my blog and go to someone else’s webpage just to view the stats I now conveniently view on my own blog. It’s like buying stock but having to use my neighbor’s computer to see how it performs on the market. It works, but his computer is not my computer. He has a different browser, different screen resolution, unique toolbar and menu settings, and his mouse has no right click button. I can work my way through it but the whole experience leaves me feeling miserable and counter productive.
Conclusion You said, “We hope this makes it easier for you to keep tabs on your traffic!” Easier? This is not about ease and you know it! You most certainly know it: that is, if you too have a blog of your own and regularly study the stats. The only reason for this move is to initiate the migration of all WordPress blogs to a single, centralized, WordPress area. It is obvious that you are in the beginning stages of implementing site-wide cloud computing for WordPress, where one size supposedly fits all. Remember, you can’t pound a square peg into a round hole without damaging the peg and the hole.
I am sure you have some valid reasons for making these changes, but for every productive feature you add you end up removing at least one from before. That is not progress. You know it; I know it; and so do the rest of the frustrated WordPress bloggers whose objections you regard as mere fly buzz. Sure, you added some great features and increased the speed of execution, but you simultaneously removed customization and made the gravatars into an oval keyhole shape, thus obscuring portions of the image. Would you enjoy watching a round television screen? No, I wouldn’t either: it would hide portions of the movie. That’s why we have rectangular screens, not oval.
The bottom line though, you have already made up your mind. It wouldn’t matter to you if the entire WordPress community posted on how much they dislike the new ‘feature’. You’ve made your decision, and in your mind we need to simply get over it. If I remember correctly, a few days ago WordPress conducted a site-wide blackout protesting the new internet ‘censorship’ legislation. You voiced your contempt and the politicians listened. They realized the public is against that legislation in its present form and consequently cancelled the move forward. We are against your decision to move the stats page. Will you cancel your decision in response to our protest, as did the politicians in response to yours?
I challenge you to ask yourself, “Will others enjoy these changes as much as I do, or am I merely forcing them to adopt my preference in place of their own?”