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.
New Editing and Media Updates Are Here
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.