Whether you have one blog or multiple sites, we hope you enjoy these updates to the WordPress.com interface.
Upgraded Stats and Navigation Enhancements
We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes. We’ve now introduced some changes to the WordPress.com interface as well, making website, blog, and content creation more intuitive and consistent across devices. Here’s a roundup of some of the enhanced functionality that you’ll see in WordPress.com starting today, with more updates coming next week — stay tuned!
Millions of people use WordPress.com on mobile devices, and to ensure that our mobile users have a first-class experience, we gave the WordPress.com navigation interface a little love. It’s responsive across devices, and its simpler, more streamlined design lets users find or create amazing content from anywhere.
My Sites updates
My Sites is the hub for creating blog content, organizing website pages, adjusting look and feel, and managing any and all WordPress.com websites and blogs tied to a user’s account. We announced initial updates to My Sites recently, and have since acted on wonderful user feedback to make My Sites more streamlined. Your sites will now appear in an easy-to-search sidebar, and you’ll have access to stats, posts, and themes for any and all of your sites with fewer clicks.
My Profile is the new destination for managing account settings. Get there by clicking on your Gravatar picture. In addition to handling administration settings like basic account info and billing history, users can add Gravatar images, view WordPress.com milestones and achievements, or tap into social networks to expand their blogging community.
Support documentation is also accessible from My Profile for those who seek more guidance, and friendly live support is just a click away when our Happiness Engineers are available.
We’re continuing to make WordPress.com faster, more powerful, and more user-friendly across devices for all our users — those with a single blog and those with multiple WordPress sites. To that end, we are listening to user feedback and rolling out updates when they’re ready. Give the new navigation and enhanced stats a whirl, and let us know what you think!
- Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:38 am
- Admin Bar
It isn’t better. It isn’t more useful. It contains far less information and is clearly aimed at newbies. For those of us who have blogs that are years old, this provides nothing useful. Pretty isn’t BETTER. It’s just pretty. And endless scrolling is not better navigation. It’s NO navigation.
I hate to be contrary, but I don’t think this is an improvement at all. It displays less information and it causes you to have to scroll and scroll to be able to see what was more easily viewed on the old stats page. I posted about it here, if you’re interested in my thoughts. http://mindfuldigressions.com/2014/12/08/if-it-aint-broke-fix-it-anyway/
If you want to have an easy to use “stats lite” page with basic information, a sort of “stats at a glance” page, that’s fine. But then let me download my own stats into an Excel file or a CSV format so I can run my own reports, create my own charts, do my own deep dive analytics, that would be great. I’d be a happy camper. But until you do that. at least give me a stats page with meat on it.
What you call ‘enhancements’ are not always perceived that way by users. Why change ‘Dashboard’ to ‘WP Admin’? This is just confusing! The page is still called Dashboard yet is identified on the dropdown as WP Admin. I’m sorry to complain but it is hugely irritating to get used to navigating one way and have it change for no apparent rhyme or reason.
How do I sign-out now?
Not my taste. But then I must admit I dislike streamlined stuff. It’s also a shame that you give your mobile users a first-class experience while you don’t care about your desktop users anymore. All the latest design changes might make it more accessible on mobile devices but on a desktop system it looks to me like a horrible experience. There are several usability issues, it’s too streamlined and downgraded now, and it looks way too mobile. I hope you can take that critique because it’s my experience.
WordPress does many wonderful things (some of the new themes for example have been really excellent) but this seems to be aimed at novice users with only one site. It’s now more difficult to find my other sites and instead of a quick at a glance view you now have to wade through lots of unnecessary text which distracts from the statistics. I’m afraid on this occasion I think this is a backward step for me. It’s a shame there isn’t the option to stick with the old layout.
aww the new stats page is too confusitn. I often choose the new over the old, but this new stats is not as good as the old one. In the old one all needed information is in one page, and I can read instantly at one glance. With the new stats, I have scroll down to find the section I need. It’s inconvenient. I would love you change the stats page, but not this way.
I much prefer the old one. Most of what I need to see is on a single screen. I would prefer not to have to scroll to get an overview. The menu on the left seems unnecessary. I can however see that it might work better on mobile devices. All my admin is however done from my PC.
I really like these updates! This is something really very nice.
I am not pleased with such an abrupt change. I personally liked the old stats page and other settings. If you could give users the option to keep the old settings if they choose, that would be much better. Please, WordPress, before you change things, tell us beforehand! Thank you.
This sounds really helpful. Thanks.
You do say you want to keep a user friendly on ALL devices. It is not so much it had to be faster unless one does not have time to blog otherwise.
It is cluttered unless you are using a phone or tablet. The over powerful menu doesn’t make it faster it makes it hideous and unworkable.
It was better when most items where on the dashboard where it belonged as most was not and isn’t needed to ma post.
No t does not make it better for me who makes his est posts on a PC. Taking the time and no need to rush.
And now even more time is needed to click through all hose links. It may be aster but it uses more clicks and time to get somewhere.And so it takes just the same amount of time to get things done.
Time to look elsewhere this sucks.
I hope the changes will make me navigate more happily because I spend more time on mobile.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think with the new version we can’t see the search engine terms? I had a look and I can’t find it. So I switched back to the new version.
I also agree with comments by OldCat, a bunch of other things seem to be missing, so is it that we get LESS insight to our stats with the new version?
I appreciate the convenience of links to support, forums, wordpress news at the top of the screen at the back end of the admin screen for bloggers. Before it was extra clicks to get to forums, wordpress.com news.
I hate to be contrary, but I don’t think this is an improvement at all. It displays less information and it requires you to have to scroll and scroll to be able to see what was more easily viewed on the old stats page. This is like the “Beep Beep Boop” for stats. Seriously?
If you want to have an easy to use “stats lite” page with basic information, a sort of high level “stats at a glance” page, that’s fine. But for those of us who want to take a deeper dive, keep the old stats page. Or better yet, give us the ability to download our own stats into an Excel file or a CSV format so that those of us who are data wonks can run our own reports, create our own graphs and charts, do our own data analytics. I’d be a very happy camper. But until you do that, give me a stats page with meat on it.
P.S. Where’s the map of the world?
Don’t Ruin A Good Thing!
While this may be good for hand-helds it is totally lame for us serious bloggers.
With the current dashboard everything is in view with a mere slight scroll for all info – Perfect.
Scrolling loses all sense of combined comparison data. Please continue to allow the choice – don’t go the Fisher-Price route for dummies like Paypal, ebay, MSN have (lame, lame and lame) and all the others who pander to McDonald cash register icons and big fonts – stay with the layout that works for US!!
Keep The Classic!
Yeah! That’s call the friendly Stats! 😉 Loved it!
I really do not understand why you have messed about with the stats page. It seems to have less information. Have a page for mobiles by all means- actually, I am far too tempted to check my stats, once a day is fine, so I am not blogging from a mobile- but don’t take away information or services. I am already irritated by WordPress repeatedly lying to me, saying “This person will receive an email each time you make a post”- not if they’re like me, they won’t, it is the first thing I change when I subscribe to a blog, I get almost all from the Reader. Then WordPress have repeatedly reduced facilities on the Add new post screen, not for me making it more intuitive, just reducing the ways I can edit. The result is that I am allergic to all wordpress changes: each time there is a change, I think Oh no not again, what have they damaged now?
I like so many changes, such as the way I can drag the edge of a picture to make it bigger or smaller, or just click it to align it differently rather than going to another screen. I am happy on the whole with wordpress. But here I see a stats page which is more difficult to navigate on a lap-top, and with less information, trumpeted as another huge improvement, and it makes me cringe.
This new layout is lovely and fast. I wish I didn’t have to scroll down so much to see things — a two column layout on a desktop browser would be nicer, one that collapses to a single column on a phone.
But the thing I miss most is seeing a large number of days’ worth of stats, and being able to see the all-time stats tables. Please add those to this new UI.
One thing that I’ve noted is that…while using the newer platform for posting (which I LOVE–kudos!)…when I’m done posting and need to navigate back to my dashboard, I don’t see a link to get back to it. I have to click on my Gravatar, which takes me to my blogs page, then click on my blogs, THEN click on dashboard. So it takes 3 steps. Am I missing something?
Another set of changes that weren’t needed, add nothing and make navigation more difficult. Why? It seems as if WP is just playing around with no real concept or plan of what it’s trying to achieve. It’s incredibly annoying.
Glad you’re at least asking for feedback this time though – a refreshing change.
Knew something was going on. Been quirky as heck around here.
Mobile devices and including all social media seems to be driving much these days. And stat junkies are always eager for more
Then there are the bloggers who just want to write and for things be uncomplicated and work.
Will test drive some more and we’ll see.
In any case, do appreciate that Word Press and the community exists. Cheers for all
Graph shows fewer days, can’t compare over a year etc. If you hover over a bar, it doesn’t show the exact number and so on. I preferred the old version. To be honest, the new stats page is one I probably wouldn’t even look at or rely on, whereas before it was so simple, all the info in one place & very intuitive.
I don’t like the new set up. I’m not much interested in stats anyway; and it takes too many clicks to get to the classic dashboard which is my preference. I don’t like the pencil icon to add a new post; you have to be sure to change the setting to draft if you don’t want it published straight away. I usually read a post several times before it ever sees the light of day and when I tried using the new icon it posted the first time I saved it. Not a happy camper.
Help! Someone may have already answered this, but I missed it. How do you sign out now? The only way I’ve found is to go to the classic dashboard…
Please continue to provide access to the “old stats” page. I appreciate the option of using it instead of the new stats. The old version is much faster to use; its visual display of information makes it easier to get a big-picture snapshot at a glance of what’s happening with my blog.
First, I don’t mind change when it improves. I do not like it when it makes a mess of something that worked.
With the classic dashboard, I can see a great deal of information compactly and efficiently placed. One click takes me to stats, another to stats summaries with more info than the new improved page has. I can SEE the links to various screens, from the sidebar. What I need is VISIBLE. The new stats page separates categories that used to be on one page, where I could them at a glance and could make comparisons quickly. Same for the dashboard page.
“Stream” seems to mean “put links behind a tabs so bloggers can wonder where they disappeared to.”
The themes page used to show my current theme first with all the other choices. Now it seems to have just other choices.
Each theme on that page used to have a “Preview” link so I could SEE how MY blog would look. Then I could activate it if I wanted. Now I see just Demo and Activate or Demo and Purchase.
This is not efficient. I don’t want pretty. I want ugly and workable.
Sorry. This comment is badly written and poorly proofread, and I haven’t made any effort to be a lady in my style of communication. But I’ve been feeling crabby about the previous changes, and today’s new stats page has driven me to the very brink. I will not continue my tale of woe.
I’ll admit, there are some things about the Classic that I don’t admire. They’re things I don’t have to use often. And some of the changes may be just the thing. But they’re not the thing I need.
Anyway, I do not like it, Sam I Am. And further examination will not convince me that either green eggs and ham or the WordPress changes are something I will ever love. And I don’t feel like putting a smilie here.
WP obviously likes the changes, but for those of us who like the un-streamlined version and want to write in peace, please keep the Classic too.
I don’t like the updates at all. I dislike them enough that I’m not sure I want to continue paying for WordPress services. Making efficient use of my time is a priority for me, and I feel very frustrated when I log in and am surprised with a completely new look, new screens and links to navigate, and am forced to waste time learning “updates” before I can get to the work I actually intended to complete. Please STOP.
The old one is far better. It has more information and is way easier to navigate. And why does the new one have such a fat sidebar? It serves no purpose and that space could have been used to keep more of the stats at the same level instead of making people scroll so far down just to see all of their stats! It makes no sense. Please continue access to the real stats page.
Hi again, sorry for being such a grump, but I’ve looked at the new stats page a few times today, and I really don’t like it. Apart from features such as Search Engine Terms (where is it) I also miss things like the “From our blogs” section on the bottom of the page, where I can check out the WP blog easily. I change back to the old stats version each time. Cheers!
PS I think you guys forgot to approve my first comment in this post..
I am on wordpress because I thought nobody would mess it up here. How wrong I was. People complain that they can’t comment on my blog, I can’t access the stats any more with my mobile device. Guys why have passwords and logins, if you don’t see the point in incorporating a logoff (logout)? Maybe time to think about logging off WordPress totally? Very upset and angry.
I just don’t understand why people are always trying to ‘fix’ something that just ain’t broke. This ‘new’ and in my opinion, ‘unimproved’ format just doesn’t do it for me. For awhile, I was totally stumped on how to find my stats. Now, I’ve got to ‘click’ all over the place when before, just one click sent me to what I was looking for.
If this is considered ‘upgraded’, downgrade me. For the love of …!
This new one is pretty, but I feel like WordPress is adding more clicks with every new update. It used to be, I would click (1) on My Sites and then click (2) on the dashboard of the blog I want to work on. Now I click (1) on My Sites, click (2) on Switch Site, and click (3) on the blog I want to work on.
I still don’t get why I have to click twice in the Reader, through two previews, to read a post.
I’m really struggling to understand what’s “upgraded” about a stats page with substantially less data. If it’s operationally important for you to be serving less data (which would be understandable), isn’t that all the more reason to simply let us authenticate for Google Analytics?
The old stats page did what it was supposed to do, it gave me information that was easy to access and overview. The new one I am afraid is a mess that forces me to scroll and click for key information and it has lost important context. I will not use it unless I have to. Your design team is too busy ‘improving’ things that work well already I think.
All the best
I’m missing the footer on the new stats page (do more … from our blogs), I’m clicking endlessly to find these things again. Why isn’t there a dropdown menu when I hover over my gravatar to log out? Now I click the gravatar on the top right, wait while the page is loading, move the cursor over to the left side and am finally able to log out. Not what I call user friendly.
I can just say what other people said already… please don’t wipe out the old stats. We really need them. The new stats page looks downgraded and it does also not present everything visual as the old page. I would appreciate it when we can use the old stats page. We do need an option to disable the whole new design permanently.
…As with any major site’s overhaul (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram), I may not like the changes now, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it!!…
I’m sure we’ll get used to all the new features, just like we did with all the other updates. I didn’t particularly like Phase I of the new “My Sites” and now in retrospect like it better than this new version.
What I’d really like to have is an easier way to access draft posts – I’m looking forward to that (unless there already is an easy way and I’ve missed it) 🙂
I am thrilled to see other users express the same frustrations! Clicking twice in the Reader is a pet peeve of mine. And I am with many other users on the Stats page. But clearly, everybody in the digital world these days is catering to the mobile customer. All the web gurus have been preaching that mobile is the second coming so we can’t blame our friends at WP for hopping on that bandwagon (mix of metaphors, sorry!) But people, think: your blogger community, the ones who create your content, are not driven by mobile. A lot of us are desktop users, especially when it comes to posting and managing our blogs, so please stop sacrificing our ergonomics in favor of the mobile movement!
I like the enhancement which tells you which posts were published on what day/month/year – that’s very helpful and a welcome addition.
It also runs a lot better when I’m accessing the WordPress app from my phone.
I’m also pleased that you listened to the call (including by me) for fewer clicks to access things by putting in the left-hand menu.
But – as others have said, this is clearly more aimed for phones and tablets than desktops or laptops, where the constant scrolling is a little irritating and where there is quite a lot of wasted space.
My biggest gripe at the moment, though, is that you haven’t put a ‘Summaries’ link to the Tables page, which I find very helpful. If you could reinstate that then this would be a lot better!
Don’t just change things for the sake of it. In a few days, one link has changed from dashboard to classic dashboard to wp-admin dashboard to wp-admin. It is the link I want, the changes seem merely deliberately confusing.
And- the bell symbol for notifications is stupid and badly designed. The former symbols were- “intuitive” is the word, is it not? A speech bubble, a star for likes, two arrows for a reblog etc. Now, there is a bell, with a dot on it. Not intuitive at all. Change for the sake of change, making things worse.
Gawd, it’s good to whine….
The upgrades make it much harder to log out. It seems this can only be done from the dashboard? When I use the Reader, the little gravatar in the upper right (where the dropdown that includes “sign out” usually is) leads only to my profile. Signing out has become a PITA. I really hope you will fix this.