New Editing and Media Updates Are Here

From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

As many of you know, we periodically release new features and updates to the software that powers WordPress.com sites. We’re excited to share the freshest crop of improvements with you today, and hope they’ll make great content even easier to create.

Some of the highlights of this major update:

  • The Media Library’s look has been upgraded, and your files are now displayed, by default, in an easy-to-view grid. Still prefer the old list view? You can toggle back and forth as many times as you wish.
  • Composing new posts — and editing old ones — has just become a lot easier with a fixed toolbar. You no longer need to scroll up and down the Post Editor to make changes, which makes longform writing, in particular, especially smoother.
  • Improved audio playlists let you enter artist and album information, which will be displayed in the audio player in the published post.

A sleeker Media Library

Many bloggers constantly visit their Media Library to choose files to use in their newest post. With this update, we made browsing through and selecting media smoother and quicker with a new grid view. Another cool touch? When you use the search box to look up files, irrelevant results will be eliminated as you type.

New Media Library

Of course, if you prefer the older list view, have no fear: you can always switch back with the toggle at the top-left corner of the Media Library.

A streamlined editing experience

One small — but extremely helpful and time-saving — update we’ve introduced is a fixed toolbar to the Post Editor. Before, if you were writing a longer post and wanted to use any of the formatting tools, you’d have to scroll up the page to make the toolbar appear again. No more.

The toolbar is now pinned to the top of your post window, so whether you’re writing a haiku or a longform essay, it’s there to let you make all the changes you want in an instant.

And remember, if you want to get to the top of the page very quickly, all you have to do is click the admin toolbar at the top.

Better audio playlists

If you’ve uploaded audio files to your site (which requires the Space Upgrade), we have some good news. When you create a new playlist, you can now add the artist and album information.

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Once the post is published (or the draft saved) and the audio player is visible, that information will be available for your visitors, as in the example below:

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Is your site self-hosted?

The improvements we’re announcing today are part of the WordPress 4.0 release, which WordPress.com users test out first. These and other updates will become available to all self-hosted WordPress sites in coming weeks. Meanwhile, you can already help test the second beta.

We’re constantly tinkering behind the scenes and making updates to make your dashboard experience the best it can be. If you have feedback or questions, chime in on the Forums. For support questions, contact Support.


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  1. wantaps

    Yay for the fixed toolbar! :) Thank you for fixing that up. :)

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Aidan Reid

    Nice touches. Thanks for providing a wonderful platform. Curious to understand logic behind removing ‘freshly pressed’ tab. I, for one, enjoyed checking it each day. I know it’s still there but a little more circuitous to locate.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ron Scubadiver

    The first time I saw the new grid layout in the media library it threw me off because I was trying to attach a photo to a post and did not see the buttons for it. Then I realized that I could switch back to the old format. Today I was able to use the new grid format to scan through my entire library of over 2,000 photos in order to find something in just a few minutes. This is definitely a useful improvement.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. theteaspilleddaily

    The fixed toolbar sucks! I hate it! Bring back the toolbar to the editor! I have to constantly scroll up and down to fix tags, preview the post, publish, etc. The only way I can get around this horrendous “update” is by switching to Distraction Free Mode. This is not right. There is a thread 9 pages long as of typing about how horrible this new feature is. Please bring back the scrollbar to the editor. It much needed and desired. No one asked for this change to begin with.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Daniel Greene

    The fixed toolbar makes a huge difference for the better. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. shoreacres

    I’d already noted the fixed word count at the bottom. The fixed tool bar is a great asset. I do primarily longform writing, and constantly was having to scroll up and down. Many thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sue Slaght

    My eternal gratitude for the fixed toolbar in the post editor. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. AJ

    Hi, Sleeker Media Library: Good! Fixed toolbar to the Post Editor: It was about time. Great improvements.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. nykeypad

    Hi,

    Thanks for the updates. How do I toggle to the old media format (list form)?

    Janie    

    ________________________________

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ben Huberman

      When you go to your media library, the toggle is right on the right-hand corner, right above your images — the list is the bulleted-list icon, the grid is the icon with the four squares.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Russian Universe

    Fixed toolbar! Hooray!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Tara R.

    The fixed toolbar is a nice addition. So much easier to see a draft post without having to scroll up and down to keep the toolbar visible.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. M-R

    I’ve already commented (in the Support forum) about my joy in discovering the landscape image library arrangement – saves SO MUCH scrolling !
    But the fixed toolbar goes one better: this is of real benefit. How come you didn’t do it before ? [grin]
    Good on all of you !!!

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  13. golfpoet

    Thanks for all that you are doing for paragraph writers, but what about us poets? Every time I indent a line it gets un-indented when I save. If I were to try more complicated indenting scheme it would fair no better. I realize that poetry doesn’t rank at the top of your to-do list, but maybe you could at least work things out so our lines look right when uploaded. Thanks.

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  14. colonialist

    If these improvements are as good as they appear here, it will be a real advance! Thanks to the developers for developing them! I am glad to see options are left for conservative types.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. paulainauckland

    Love the idea of a fixed toolbar. Thanks to the developers!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. martha0stout

    I noticed the fixed toolbar for editing. Thank you! It has helped relieve some of my stress when typing in the middle of housework.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Leslie Stockton

    Great post and layout. Very easy to understand. Thank u :)

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  18. Cal Gough

    Hurray for the fixed/traveling toolbar! Man, is that going to increase the ease of composing blogposts! Am so glad y’all realized this improvement would be much appreciated! I’ll need to try out the new Media feature format before sending hosannas – I’m not quite sure from the description if I can figure out how it works (vs. the old way). But that toolbar improvement? Wonderful!

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  19. Alfred E. Baldacchino

    This is much better and easier.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. deepbellylaugh

    I’ve really enjoyed using the grid layout of the media library and the fixed toolbar is a great idea. Thanks for always trying to improve the user experience!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Jaye Bryant

    Fixed toolbar… best update yet. THANK YOU.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Sylvia

    The fixed tool bar is cool beans! Thanks!!!! It will make a huge difference for me.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Thanks. Love the fixed toolbar.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. The Rookie Dad

    That fixed toolbar will make editing on a laptop a TON easier.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. vera ersilia

    Sounds good! thanks for all the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Roberto Rodriguez

    Great new features, I like this kind of things from you! Very welcome!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Мурат Цховребов

    Thanks a lot for such amazing improvements!

    Liked by 1 person

  28. jmcideas

    Thanks, Improvements that keep WP as the best blog site !

    Liked by 1 person

  29. 1weaver

    I came to thank you all for the fixed toolbar – looks like it’s WELL appreciated! :)

    Liked by 1 person

  30. thesciencegeek

    An extremely useful post. The fixed toolbar is particularly useful

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Mhrylyn Hanson-Wallis van Dooren

    Great work!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Katherine Harms

    I love, love, love the fixed toolbar. I have fought with that toolbar since forever. Maybe some of the hair I pulled out will grow back in now. :)

    Liked by 1 person

  33. mel

    Anything that improves searching for our images in the library will be well received, thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Buddhism Now

    Agree with, wantaps, Russian Universe, paulainauckland and others — Fixed toolbar! :) :-)

    Liked by 2 people

  35. MsAidyl

    Love the new toolbar. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  36. Geri

    Great news! Just can say – THANK YOU! :)

    Liked by 2 people

  37. Maxi

    Thank you for the new features, WordPress. Makes life so much easier when it’s time to post.
    blessings ~ maxi

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Belindq

    I can’t wait to draft new post with the pinned toolbar feature. No more confused scrolling up and down the browser and editor toolbar.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Shirley

    I got as far as the paragraph about the new Media Library grid view and had to immediately log in and take a look. Love it! Makes it so easy to browse and I appreciate that we can still toggle back and forth between the new and the old way. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  40. shadowofthevoid

    Please add an option for the old editor where the scrollbar was inside the text editing box. For some reason the new version behaves weird on my end. I make some extremely long posts, and I never had any problems with the old editor, but the new editor is proving to be awkward to use.

    Liked by 1 person

  41. Andrew Rowley

    Fixed toolbar for the win!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  42. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Oh, a pinned toolbar….Oh the joy! Happy dance

    Liked by 1 person

  43. dhenztm

    Thank you for fixing the toolbar in place! Good updates, keep it up! :D

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Jeremiah J Jameson

    The fixed toolbar might be great for short posts or for the occasional writer. It has created more work and is very annoying. Is there a toggle back to the former edit? Why not?

    Around these parts, it has been a productivity killer.

    Sorry.

    Liked by 1 person

  45. Pal Kerekfy

    The toolbar enhancement is great!

    Liked by 1 person

  46. cricketmuse

    Thank you, WordPress for the fixed edit bar. Editing is so wondrously easier now!

    Liked by 1 person

  47. Peter Bouchier

    I feel a little confused reading all this. I don’t even know if my blog is self-hosted. Where can I see what WP version I’m using, how do I know if it is the latest, and, if not, where can I get it?

    Liked by 1 person

  48. blueskywoman

    Oh yay! Thanks for the fixed toolbar!!

    Liked by 1 person

  49. mattnamclaughlin

    Can someone explain why you would make the whole page scroll just to scroll the post content??? That’s very non-standard and looks terrible. Why not just have 2 scrolls – the whole page, and the content in a frame. You get the same effect of the tools being always accessible, but you don’t have the weirdness of the controls in the sidebar scrolling when you just want to scroll the content…

    Liked by 1 person

  50. The Nixon Administration

    The new fixed toolbar is a great idea. The unscrollable, un-resizable text editing box, which is virtually impossible to use on long posts, not so much. Please provide an option to use the old editing behaviour.

    Liked by 1 person

  51. gaudetetheology

    I was so hoping this was a bug.

    Aside from the buggy scrolling behavior, which I will duly report in the forums, the autoscrolling now moves all those Very Useful Things that are at the top of the sidebar waaaaaay off the screen. The save and preview buttons, the schedule and publicize options, the category and tag widgets: gone gone gone. I use those things (especially save!) way more often than I use the toolbar.

    This change has made my editing experience annoying, difficult, and tedious.

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Akumalu

    Nice, Thank you :)

    Liked by 1 person

  53. Ali Reza

    Why do you all love the fixed toolbar? Argh :'(

    Liked by 1 person

  54. Madhu

    The fixed toolbar is a nice improvement. I am having trouble deleting images in the new media library though. Deleted images don’t disappear from view, so it is hard to figure out which ones have been trashed until you refresh the page. A pain when you need to delete more than one.

    Liked by 1 person

  55. John Robinson

    The fixed toolbar is a HUGE improvement. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  56. thehipalley

    Love the new Media Library grid view – so much easier when working with tons of images!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  57. tellthetruth1

    Fixed toolbar is an awesome move. Never thought to test that, yesterday :D Thanks for the news :)

    Liked by 1 person

  58. Greater Voice

    Liked all the newly introduced features. Thanks always for letting us fly with you.

    Liked by 1 person

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