Stuff happens all the time on WordPress.com. You’re blogging, commenting, liking, and following like never before. Every hour a record is broken and someone’s day is made. We’ve always known about your love affair with stats. We like watching numbers grow, too. And we also like to see the events that the numbers represent. We think of Notifications as a magnifier for Stats: you can zoom in to see exactly who did what and then connect with them.
The original Notifications menu first appeared in the WordPress.com toolbar as a small orange button and a stream of activities related to your blogs and comments. It was a good start but we’ve had bigger plans all along. Today we deployed a new toolbar button and, more significantly, a new tab on the WordPress.com home page.
The New Button
The first thing you’ll notice is that there is no number. We axed it out of compassion. It all boils down to how people feel about inboxes. In giving you a notifications stream, the last thing we wanted to do was cause more stress! So we dropped the unread count and now the orange color simply means there are new notes since you last looked. An icon shows the type of your latest notification. The icon now also refreshes while you’re on a page, no need to reload a page to see new notifications.
You might also notice that unread notes are still white until you open them, which turns them gray. We didn’t entirely remove the concept of read/unread; we just stopped counting them. Feel free to turn them all gray if that’s your thing, or let some notes stay unread. Either way, we won’t pester you with a number.
The New Panel
In case you like to browse back through older notifications, we built a page that lets you do that. Just go to the WordPress.com Notifications panel and scroll to your heart’s content. Are you proud of a certain achievement from last month? Relive old glories as often as you like.
Other than letting you scroll to older notes, the new panel isn’t much different than the one in the toolbar. That will change soon! We have a list of features to add, as well as new notifications to send, that will make the new panel one of your favorite places on WordPress.com.
Today we’re sending one thousand notes every minute (ten million per week) but we want to send more. We have lots of ideas for new notifications. What kind of things would you like to be notified about?
These changes are not compatible with Internet Explorer versions earlier than 9. We will devote some time to maintaining backwards compatability as long as it doesn’t delay the development of new features for modern browsers, but we encourage you to upgrade. Meanwhile, the old version of the toolbar will be displayed for older IE browsers.
May 25th at 4:07 pm
Very cool! I like it very much. Thank you.
May 25th at 4:21 pm
Good move, I particularly like the notifications page. So, when are we gonna be able to teleport and time travel from the admin bar?
May 25th at 4:29 pm
Thank you this is fantastic in everyway.
May 25th at 4:36 pm
Hooray! I like the new notifications page. Thanks so much for this improvement.
May 25th at 4:37 pm
Seems like this new version is slower than the old one – I often have to wait for it to update after it turns orange.
May 25th at 4:39 pm
Very great changes! I love them all! WordPress is truly amazing!
May 25th at 4:44 pm
Love the change. ( Now I’m even /more/ addicted to receiving notifications! )
May 25th at 5:05 pm
I like the direction, as well as details
May 25th at 6:06 pm
I wondered what the new icons were. Great change though!
May 25th at 6:47 pm
I am not sure if you guys already have this so if so, then my apologies but I would love to know how many unique visitors I have and be notified when a new one shows up. That would be great for stats.
May 25th at 7:28 pm
It’s great to see that the number is gone. Zero notifications are a little heartbreaking. Haha. Anyway, great job; it looks neat.
May 25th at 8:23 pm
Good move guys
Suggestion – I don’t always get notified when someone else replies to a comment I’ve made on another WP blog (I get some – not sure why I don’t get others.) So a ‘Somebody replied to your comment notification’ would be well handy.
This post, for example, will get many more comments. I don’t want them all mailed to me, so I’m not ticking that box; but I don’t want to miss any relevant replies.
May 25th at 8:29 pm
I would like to be notified when someone is a new visitor to my site. Oh, hey, like the last person said! (Of course, stats about unique visitors and loyal visitors would be VERY HELPFUL as well).
May 25th at 8:33 pm
Thank you I really liked being able to see the notifications list.
May 25th at 8:41 pm
p.s. It would be great if the notifications page separated out “comments” from “likes” so I could be sure I wasn’t missing them and respond to them from the notifications page. Replying to comments via notifications is much faster for me than going to the manage comments section–although of course I like having that option too. (On that topic, it would be nice if there was some kind of visual marker on comments that showed whether or not they had been replied to yet.) Thanks for asking and making so many improvements!
May 25th at 9:12 pm
I like this new update. Thank You!
May 25th at 9:43 pm
Love the change! Thanks WP ^.^
May 25th at 10:48 pm
What kind of things would you like to be notified about?
It would be great if Mentions in P2-Blogs (like @zodiac1978) would generate notifications.
May 26th at 12:22 am
Yay! I haven’t been on here long at all and you’ve already improved on something! Coincidence? maybe. And yet, I applaud you
May 26th at 1:01 am
Did I tell you how much I love you guys? No? Well, I love you guys. Every improvement seems to always be awesome and amazing and just plain brilliant.
May 26th at 6:23 am
Thanks WP team for all the latest additions. Every week, every day, you guys improve. We all love you for that! Big big thanks!
May 26th at 1:49 pm
This has been really useful, thank you!
May 26th at 3:15 pm
Anyone know how to change a blog to a website? Is there an easy way? I erred when I set it up…
May 26th at 5:52 pm
Emmycooks said: “it would be nice if there was some kind of visual marker on comments that showed whether or not they had been replied to yet”. I’ second that – that’s a feature I’d find very useful. Especially if it were also available on the comment management page.
May 26th at 6:46 pm
Sometimes, a like button isn’t enough.I wish there was a “love” button for this.
May 27th at 1:04 am
This is great!
May 27th at 6:11 am
Cool so that’s why the notification icon changed recently. Like!
May 27th at 11:05 am
Nice idea, thanks
May 27th at 11:21 am
Good overall perspective!
May 27th at 5:51 pm
I really like this new system! Well done WordPress. It also seems like I’ve been getting far more notifications since it’s been updated, but that is probably just a coincidence.
May 27th at 6:58 pm
Thanks for keeping us informed in a short and sweet fashion. How would I know this if you didn’t? Just asking.
May 28th at 12:21 am
I have been getting less views on my blog. I hope the Firefox update helps. I’m concerned
May 28th at 1:57 am
This change is absolutely great! No wonder WordPress is the best-est best!
May 28th at 7:33 am
Reblogged this on layanganangkasa.
May 28th at 7:42 am
I love this upgrade!!! It’s much more a visual system of notifications…. thanks!!
May 28th at 9:17 am
As a newbie and fairly non-techy I have found this whole wordpress blogging thing surprisingly easy to manage and all the stats and notifications very intuitive. I agree with those asking for stats on new visitors, although it may be depressing when there aren’t any!
May 28th at 1:06 pm
I don’t see how one can scroll back (e.g., a month as your post suggests). Seems as if mine is only showing about 25 notifications and they only go back for my last 3 posts. Given how one of my recent posts has generated 65 likes and 25 comments, something doesn’t seem right about that. A bug or an issue with Safari not allowing scrolling for some reason?
May 28th at 10:14 pm
thanks, andy! (sorry, i can’t seem to find where to reply to a particular reply to a comment :X )
well, yes, haveing 243 likes in one day all separate would be pretty horrendous. buuuut, what i’m talking about is really old notices. like you had one ‘like’ notice that said ‘somebody and 242 other people liked your post about notifications, and 300 people liked your post you posted six months ago, and 24 people liked a post you posted 2 years ago…’ when you’ve already read the notifications about those 24 people 2 years ago. they’re just not new. and, in my personal view, not worth stating again.
if ‘billy-bob and 300 other people followed your blog’ on the same day/week, THEN it would make sense to me. billy-bob following it today, and those other people following it from the past… not so much.
May 29th at 1:22 am
In my region where internet is so slow, I have problem to check my notification :’(
May 29th at 7:20 am
Everyone seems to be happy with the changes to the notifications button so I feel I must be missing something. For me, it is frequently lit up like I have a new comment, like, etc. but when I click on it, there is nothing new to report. Is anyone else experiencing this?
May 29th at 12:54 pm
Off topic, but not sure where else to put this… Just noticed that in the “Clicks” box, y’all have added a hierarchy which is cool, but you’ve removed the ability to see the entire list of file clicks. It’s been truncated to 11, which leaves me no way to watch a new item get clicked on (or ignored) since I have hundreds of files on my site. Please put back the “Other links” option! PAL
May 29th at 4:01 pm
What kind of things would you like to be notified about?
How about notifications for replies to your posts/topics in the WordPress.com support forums? Including the international forums of course.
May 30th at 5:00 am
May 30th at 11:13 am
Just a quick thank you for putting the little ‘replied’ arrows on the notifications menu and page. In just the last few minutes, I’ve been able to follow up on a few comments I’d have otherwise missed.
May 30th at 1:46 pm
you know what? i was thinking about this last night, and i realized… the notifications thingy is NOT a sort of chronological event queue. it’s more like a tally/total score thing. NOW it all makes sense!
though… perhaps a bit more sense if it said “billy bob followed your blog, making a total of 8 subscribers.” or, for a bunch of new ones, “billy bob, joe ray, and 6 other people followed your blog, making a total of 184 subscribers.” but that is probably too complicated.
so. never mind me!
May 30th at 2:09 pm
I seem to be notified when I reply to a comment on my own post. Is this right?
May 30th at 2:19 pm
Excellent. I’m most impressed with the continual improvements and also the fact that you listen to us when we have a gripe.
May 31st at 2:51 pm
I love all the improvements which are being rolled out by you guys
May 31st at 5:27 pm
Thanks! Is there anyway for you to tweak this so I stop getting notified for spam comments? It’s really annoying.
Jun 1st at 11:32 am
I like the new notifications tool. However, where did the setting go for “never” getting e-mail notifications from some subscribed blogs. There are some I prefer to preview in the reader but don’t want e-mail from but now I am forced to either get e-mail daily or weekly or unsubscribe. What gives?
Jun 1st at 7:30 pm
Yeah, this is a great improvement. Keep them coming please.
Jun 2nd at 6:56 am
It’s still buggy. Occasionally I see a new comment notification for the last and already opened noti! This happens when I open my home page for the first time after 1 or 2 days. Please fix.
Jun 2nd at 7:33 pm
The updated version is annoying. It takes too long to load notifications and I usually have to refresh the page several times before the notifications show. I liked the number, I don’t see what the unhappiness was about a little number?
Jun 4th at 9:05 am
This is a great option, but it seems to light up red every time I get a spam comment, so it’s nearly always red. If this is the case, it’d be great if spam could be excluded from the comments notification. Cheers Ian
Jun 4th at 10:21 pm
I just love it ! thank you for creating all these for us :-))
Jun 5th at 6:00 am
New to the whole Blogging thing but I’m loving all the feature’s you get from WordPress.. keep up the good work..
Jun 5th at 1:18 pm
Good changes, thanks,
Steven Wade, Edinburgh and Dundee.
Jun 6th at 6:03 pm
I guess I’m the only one who didn’t understand this. Although my notification symbol is red I click on it and nothing’s there. I’m on google chrome, and I click on the notification box as shown on the picture. Still nothing any other suggestions? 0_0
Jun 7th at 7:34 am
I love the change!
Jun 7th at 10:18 am
I didn’t mind the notification count, I quite liked to see a number in there. Yes, I would be a bit saddened to see a zero, but now I’m seeing letters in the little orange box. Is anyone else seeing letters? Yesterday I had the letter ‘C’ and today I had an ‘F’. What’s up with that and what does it mean??