For months we’ve been studying how, when and why people publish their posts, and what the common tasks are people perform afterwards. We know many of you immediately want to see what your post looks like, check for typos, and then share your post to social networks.
Starting today you’ll see a much improved design for giving you feedback and supporting how you work.
The first thing you’ll see, after your browser finishes telling WordPress.com you have a new post, is positive feedback your post was successful. We now notify you as soon as possible that everything went smoothly. At the same time, we’re loading your actual post to show you.
Once the post loads, which can take a few seconds, you can confirm it looks as you expected. If you find a typo in your post (which can be easier to spot in the published post, than on the edit screen), you can quickly click Edit and switch back into edit mode to fix it.
If everything in your post looks good, you’ll notice some smart things we’ve done to both help improve your post, and to inspire you for the future.
The progress bar: we now show a simple progress indicator that helps direct your efforts at a specific target. The goal is automatically set to increments of 5 posts (yes, we are considering allowing this to be customized). An inspiring quotation appears under the bar, as a reward and as motivation for next time. When you reach the goal, you get a nice surprise, and the bar will be reset for next time. Of course posting quality matters as much, or more, than quantity, but research shows having clear goals helps both.
Sharing: if you have the Publicize feature turned on, we show how many people were notified through social networks like Twitter and Facebook, with some of their Gravatars so you can learn more about them. If you don’t have Publicize active, you’ll see easy to use buttons for manually sharing your post on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
Tagging: we also know adding tags to your post can make it easier for people to find your work. Based on the content of your post, we use an algorithm to recommend a few tags to add, which you can do with a single click.
We’ll continue to study how you post and improve what we do to support how you work. Happy posting.
If you’d prefer the classic experience, you can turn Instant Post Feedback off from your Dashboard, at Users, Personal Settings.
Dec 16th at 3:23 pm
I’m new in wordpres blogging. I do my best.Really love it. Coblogglers please suggests good things to better writing.
Always Welcome to my blog.
It’s a pleasant to meet all of my co-bloggers here. I would highly appreciate if you would find time to visit my page too You are all welcome. Let us all enjoy and have fun sharing each other’s thoughts, beliefs, talents and you just named them all… Let us have the freedom to express ourselves… Cheers!
Dec 16th at 4:33 pm
I like the preview of the post, but PLEASE can you put a link to add a new post or just back to the dashboard on there with the edit post. (or best of all, let me choose what happens next) I realize I can get there through the header, but if you’re going to insert a page between me and the dashboard, then big fat links back would be nice.
Dec 16th at 4:33 pm
Heard a lot that WordPress is SEO user friendly, this is just one of them!
Dec 16th at 6:00 pm
Some interesting ideas for progress.
Dec 16th at 7:16 pm
Hugo, thanks for your quick reply but there is no Instant Post Feedback option in Users > Personal Settings on my dashboard.? :-((
Dec 16th at 10:20 pm
I am loving the new feedback! It streamlines the whole process! Thanks WordPress!
Dec 17th at 2:17 am
This is a good idea. But how many posts you have published is just horrible! It’s just way off from the real amount. It said 3,000 but so far as of right now I have done 3,034. You guys need to fix that.
Dec 17th at 5:55 am
Ugh! Thank goodness there’s a way to turn it off.
I can see the potential usefulness (and it was interesting to read this post about how you tuned the features to the observed workflow), but there are two things that I completely hate:
1. Progress bar? Posting target? Seriously? You are setting goals for me? Get out of my life, there are already enough people setting goals for me. I blog for fun, I do not need “posting targets”. Especially targets I have no control over!
2. Real estate. My browser has this nice thing called “tabs”. While I would like to immediately see the published post, I’d rather see it in a new tab, so that the instant feedback stuff could make use of more of the screen, instead of being tall and narrow and lacking any scroll bars (but magically scrolling down anyway when I move my mouse in that part of the screen? that’s kind of annoying).
Personally I’d prefer it if new features were introduced with the default setting to “off”, and a little callout somewhere telling me there’s a new feature I might like to try. I hate when changes are sprung on me; I’m much more open to them if I get a chance to control when I try them out.
Dec 17th at 6:12 am
This Encouraging and I like It.
Dec 17th at 6:27 am
Although I’m still a fledgling, I do like the upgrades you have made! It has made it easier for me to understand what I’m doing & to see whether or not I’m doing it right! I especially like the feedback that I get as soon as my blog has been published. Also, I appreciate the option of being able to turn off anything that I don’t like! Thanks!
Dec 17th at 6:57 am
I really loved the way it showed after I published my post. Great surprise. ^_^
Dec 17th at 9:42 am
nice!!! good feature
Dec 17th at 9:43 am
I am always curious what WP does. Always surprised. The great thing is, the writing experience is constant or better. Every thing else is a curiosity, interesting, basically undisturbing.
Dec 17th at 10:44 am
WordPress is the best blogging machine, thank’s
Dec 17th at 1:13 pm
Thank you for your effort.
Dec 17th at 4:32 pm
I like the preview of the published post versus it automatically going to ‘edit this post’ which I have to check sometimes to see that it actually posted. But I HATE the “goal” thing. really? Every 5 posts is a new goal? Can I please turn that off permanently, and how? I don’t need my hand held to post a certain number. I post when I feel like it, not to make goals.
Dec 17th at 5:59 pm
I quite like this feature except for the posting goal. I have been posting every day this year and so feel that I can set and keep my own goals. At the very least, I feel bloggers should be able to customize this target.
Dec 17th at 10:34 pm
wordpress is the best option
Dec 17th at 10:56 pm
I just love it <3
Dec 18th at 2:58 am
This is great but I am new and i need help asking someone how I can
start a book like format ? Hel
Dec 18th at 6:30 am
This is why WordPress remains the top blogging platform of our time.
Dec 18th at 10:18 am
Dec 18th at 1:49 pm
Yes, it’s a good idea. A goal really encourages people to write more and more. I am benefited.
Dec 18th at 3:47 pm
I saw this another feedback and supporting feature from WordPress this afternoon just after I’ve finished my 43th Post… I’m feel so happy & really like this
Thank You very much Guys
Dec 18th at 4:00 pm
Great idea. Awesome.
Dec 18th at 4:43 pm
I’m sorry, but I’m not seeing this.. what is happening? It would be very useful since I always find errors just after I publish lol
ps: I didn’t know I had proofreading, I enabled this and it saved me some trouble already… thanks!
Dec 19th at 1:20 am
Please – a publicize using Google+, not just a share button. My poor page on Google is just sitting there all naked because I always forget to go post a link there manually.
Dec 19th at 2:39 am
I’m relatively new to this thing called blogging, but I have to say I LOVE it so far here at wordpress!!
Dec 19th at 5:57 am
hello … Friend! Help me to steer
Dec 19th at 7:19 am
Hi, good job you all are doing with the new feedback system from your side. Appreciate it and look forward to it.
Dec 19th at 9:52 am
I just joined wordpress with the aim of having a daily blog featuring different topics depending on which day of the week it is. Until now I have been ABSOLUTELY loving writing on wordpress and find the instant feedback a great tool. Definitely the best blogging experience out there on the world wide web! Thanks!
Dec 19th at 12:07 pm
Yeah, I noticed the bar. Quite fun I suppose.
Dec 19th at 12:29 pm
Reblogged this on elkafeni.
Dec 19th at 2:26 pm
thank tou for sharing such a wonderfull knowledge…
Dec 19th at 2:40 pm
This is awesome! I love the new features!Thanks for all the time you put into all the improvements. They rock!
Dec 19th at 3:00 pm
it doesn’t seem to be working properly @ my blog! http://www.foragirllikeme.com
Dec 19th at 5:07 pm
Looks great in every way except for the “Posting Goal,” which seems completely trivial to this blogger. Nonetheless, this is how usability improvements should be done. Can’t wait to use the new features.
Dec 19th at 6:33 pm
Sounds fantastic and hopefully it will be useful
Dec 20th at 12:34 am
I really like the tag suggestions feature that you added but sometimes, it’s too far below the ‘sidebar’ and I can’t see it nor click it because there’s no scroll down button
I love the insprirational quotes, by the way
Dec 20th at 12:35 am
Thanks for implementing new ideas! Here’s hoping for really positive results!
Dec 20th at 1:06 am
as a learner I need all the help I can get … lol … great stuff
Dec 20th at 4:58 am
I just came on came on board & its been a holistic experience of a hugely satisfying proportion. I know I’ve found the route to my writing future because WordPress satisfies my fundamental objective in writing & that is putting my work out there for all to enjoy. Thanks
Dec 20th at 10:07 am
Thank you that is just great
Dec 20th at 1:08 pm
I have 4 blogs, only 1 blog see the “Instant Post Feedback at Users, Personal Settings.” setting. Other 3 blogs don’t see this option? Those 3 blogs are using my own domain. Does it effect?
Dec 20th at 3:58 pm
It’s a nice touch…
Dec 20th at 4:20 pm
Ahhh, found the answer to my question, that resulted in another question… I was concerned because I wasn’t seeing the feedback after posting… (it is turned on), but I see above that it doesn’t work if a post is SCHEDULED… I would LOVE to see a progress bar when a post is SCHEDULED or POSTED… isn’t that a possibility? Even if it only shows the progress so far of the published posts, that’s better than nothing… would love to see the hints for other posts as well as the quotes as well. Right now I see none of it because all my posts are scheduled…
Dec 20th at 5:26 pm
I just published my 35th post and I’m not sure what the surprise was? Did I miss something?
Dec 20th at 8:39 pm
This is a cool feature, but it keeps telling me I am on my 28th post, even though I have posted over 400 posts. Is there an error?
Dec 20th at 8:49 pm
I haven’t tried the new update yet. but this is cool. will definitely update now.
Dec 21st at 8:08 am
a really nice improvement . awesome for me
Dec 21st at 2:20 pm
I love WordPress. Great news! Thanks you.
Dec 21st at 7:52 pm
Great package, hope it will work for me.
Dec 21st at 7:54 pm
Great package, hope it will work for me coz i want to experience it.
Dec 22nd at 12:03 am
can this use on my site?
Dec 22nd at 3:10 am
i feel like im missing something.
i havent been able to set a goal, and dont see any of these things when i publish a post.
Dec 22nd at 3:59 am
Its great.I like it.
Dec 22nd at 5:23 am
Boy this was a long way down. Thanks for the information. Very helpful.
Dec 22nd at 12:06 pm
this is a great improvement, i’d say.
who wouldn’t love this?
Dec 22nd at 3:29 pm
okay … I very much agree with what has been delivered, to me is very helpful for my post, where I am still relatively new but I’m sure one day will get better, support me with excellent information
Dec 22nd at 10:18 pm
WP is getting too good these days
Dec 23rd at 4:43 pm
I love it!! amazing new additions! Can I suggest adding a feature that automatically sends a link of the post to a friend via email?
Dec 24th at 1:58 pm
Thanks l love this addition.
Dec 24th at 2:52 pm
This new feature is awesome! The goal is great, I love all the quotes, and it’s easier to edit my post just after publishing it.
Thanks WordPress! I’d recommend you to anyone.
P.S. How are the quotes chosen?
Automatically, with some program, or what?
Dec 24th at 7:31 pm
it was great reading this and acknoliging all this taking great ideas and making them into something
Dec 24th at 9:47 pm
It’s amazing! You guys are awesome for creating this.
Dec 26th at 1:09 am
I didn’t ask for this feature, which is an unwelcome surprise and interruption to my train of thought. I don’t want it setting goals for me, I don’t need any rah-rah-rah automated cheering, and I’m not in a race to publish more posts. I have no trouble viewing the post or finding the edit button. I looked in your blogs for announcements and your forum for “sidebar popup” without success. I’d appreciate a “Kill” button right in the new feature for people who don’t want it or at least a link to an explanation and HOW TO GET RID OF IT.
Dec 26th at 12:41 pm
I have to say I preferred it the way it was, being told that I was “cool!” or “bomb!”, and how many subscribers had been sent copies of my post. Like many of the others here I don’t see the point in the Goals.