Reading the blogs and sites you follow just got smoother and faster.
Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the WordPress.com Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each story at a glance.
The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your computer, so it’s simpler and faster for you to catch up on blogs while on the go.
Keeping track of recent posts from the blogs and sites you follow is now both easier and more fun. Our new cards — which preview each post’s content — highlight great photography and make it easy to scan for something that looks interesting. New typography has improved readability, while the new Full Post View pushes the interface to the background, allowing you to focus on the story, whether it’s composed of text, pictures, or video (or any combination of these).
All these improvements work for nearly any site on the web, not just those hosted on WordPress.com: if it has an RSS feed, you can follow it. If the site happens to be a WordPress.com site, though, just look for the Follow button at the bottom of the page — click it, and you’re done.
We hope you enjoy the improved Reader!
Please note: these changes currently affect the web Reader only; we’re working on bringing these improvements to our iOS and Android apps soon.
Ok, and where can I adjust the settings so my blog posts DO NOT show up in full in the reader? I had it set this way with the old reader since I want my posts presented in its natural habitat, which is my blog with the theme I paid for. And ta daaaaa, i just checked and now my posts are available in full in the reader. I really do not like this.
I had a good first impression of it, can definitely notice it’s faster, I like the new typography (love the snazzy question mark😉 ), and one thing not mentionned in the announcement, it also indicates the reading time! (Out of curiosity, do you have a quick explanation for how the reading time is estimated?)
I’m still playing with it a bit. I like that by clicking on the “visit “xbloggersitex” for more…. but I don’t like that just above it is another link that makes my reading process a three step process of clicks to get to the actually full posting. I’m lazy… too much clicking and too easy to accidentally click the top one instead of the bottom one and so I frustrate myself.😉 I like that having to click through to a blog in order to read will let the blogger know I was there that day instead of having just read it from my feed. It would be fun to have a “mark as read” feature to mark the posts I read already since I’m in and out all the time and that way only the ones I haven’t read yet would be on my feed…. Ya’ll have a very nice site with lots of great stuff so this is not complaining, just sharing experience. I appreciate all you guys do to make the site better and I know that change is never easy for anyone but without it we all get a little bit stale.
It’s not intuitive to get to the actual blog that I love and follow. Header’s are stripped off, widgets are missing, and the posts appear quite generic. I appreciate the speed but I miss seeing the blogs I love and the individuality that each brought to my browser. At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I am not really impressed.
Improvement? Really? It doesn’t seem any use anymore to personalize my blog or design my post when everything you get looks the same now. I can no longer go directly to the original post, going to the blog takes me additional clicks. Navigation on WP gets more and more time consuming. And time is the most precious thing we bloggers have.
To me, the ideal reader would consist of a preview picture (if any) and a link that leads me directly to the blog and entry. That’s all I want. Make me happy.
The new reader does not allow me to scroll through a blog using the keyboard. I have long term hand and wrist pain which is aggravated by scrolling with a mouse, and so reading long posts is going to be problematic for me. Previously I had to click on the blog text and then the arrow or page down keys would work. Also, when entering this comment, I can only see one and a half lines of text by default, and have again been forced to use a mouse to make the comment box bigger.
It’s very clear that images take center stage in the revamped Reader. Can we get an idea of how a post’s images are handled? It’s a very popular question in the Community Forums. TIA
My 2¢ is that posts tend to bleed together because there’s not enough differentiation between the Post background and the Reader background, i.e. Not enough “white space”.
I preferred how clicking on the “xxx more words” link in the previous reader took you direct to the original blog. It appears you now have to click on the title or headline to read the article on its actual blog home. I prefer to read posts as the authors intended them to be viewed and would also prefer those reading my posts to visit my actual blog, rather than read them in the reader.
Hmmmm. I’m not a great fan I have to say! I’m clearly missing something obvious, but I can’t even see how I reblog a post in this “improved” interface? Help!?
Change is always good and this is brilliant. It’s easy to navigate and I’m really enjoying it🙂
Need to ask a question that what is meant by 40 sec read or 1min read displaying with posts on my reader?
Is there a way you can add “view original” with all the blogs that show up in the reader? Otherwise, I have to click on the title to open the post (displayed with a stark white, impersonal background), then click on the title again to take me to the original blog. It was by accident that I discovered I could navigate to the original blog by clicking on the title in the generic post.
Never mind, I see the question was already answered. Click the dots. Will take some time to get used to this, and there’s more and more guess work with every change, but I do appreciate your efforts towards streamlining it for mobile phone users.🙂
You know how highways have blinking signs warning about construction ahead?
Anyway WP could post a note: “We will be working on something amazing on this date, so if things are a bit quirky, please hang in there! You’ll love the new feature – give us a bit of time.” A heads up would be greatly appreciated.
The new Reader isn’t totally up to speed yet, so still working with/deciding about it. But fewer clicks to get to a full post on the actual blog is always preferable.
I prefer the picture gallery not be posted in Reader’s first look at a post – if you are writing something with a surprise ending using the final image as part of the reveal, a gallery of images spoils that.
One more comment/feedback. It seems, unlike a typical RSS reader, the WordPress Reader is for light readers. There are no keyboard short cuts. Scrolling down may be convenient, but there is no convenient scrolling up (the left pane does not stay static). The List feature is not really suitable because it absorbs multiple feeds into itself and does not give a choice to select one feed. Overall, the Reader is probably good for following a few blogs, but it isn’t a comparable feed reader (though it could potentially be one).
🙂 It takes a little getting used to, but now I’m quite happy!
I moved to a Sitegroud Site a few weeks ago and my blog posts where hardly visible on the reader – the picture and the “like” button were missing. So a lot of readers didn’t click my page.
Now that the reader was improved – tadaaaa…pictures are visible, people can “like” my blog post and suddenly I am seeing action on my page.
THANKS a lot for the improvement!!!😀😀😀
I agree with Margie; I’d rather have a quick way to get to the blog directly if I’m going to make comments. I have arthritis in my hand and doing multiple clicks to get to someones blog (the way it was paid to be seen or, at least, meant to be seen) is hard on my hands. Additionally, the theme that I paid for had shown photos in a larger format initially. Now, with this new format, they are (in the reader section, and even when you click to make comments) small photos that one could easily make and show with a mere iPhone! I may not blog as much any longer with this new format; I really do not like it.
Can’t see how many likes a post has – can’t see enough of the post to decide whether to read or not. Also would like to see who liked something. In general, not too happy with the change, but keeping an open mind. I prefer to go to people’s sites if I am not familiar with them and I find this a little clunky. Actually the reader has always been clunky.
I don’t like it at all. I wanted to read a post that I only discovered when someone reblogged it. Previously, I would click where it said “X” more words and go directly to the site. Today it took me three clicks before I could read the article. This makes sharing content less valuable, and much less likely to get that content read. People will not dedicate that much effort into reading a post.
The new interface looks promising but I think it’s kind of here and there. The user is not able to enter comment if the user clicks view more. On the other hand if the user clicks the title then the user is directed to page that allows entering comments but no “Like” button. I think it is more awkward the the previous interface. Thank you for trying to make improvement.
Looks nice in terms of the aesthetics, but…
I used to click on the timestamp to open a post I wanted to read, because I want to read them in their natural habitat – on the blog itself, with its theme. Now I find I have to click on the three dots and then click “visit site” – i.e. more clicks to achieve the same result, and very unintuitive.
I saw a reply to one of the comments here suggesting that all we need to do is double click the post title, but that doesn’t take me to the actual blog – it opens the post in a neutral page.
and the same goes for clicking on the name of the blog to see more posts – it takes me to a bland neutral page and not to the blog itself.
In revamping a site, your focus should be on usability, not monotony. Function, not form, in other words. The posts in this new version bleed together, and everything looks like a poorly designed phone app. Considering I deleted the WordPress iOS app long ago for its limited functionality, that makes this a double slap in the face as I sit at my laptop and see this new, awkward Reader screen.
In addition to having to do even more to access the blog entries I want to read in the format I want to read them, there’s the fact that the new screen no longer gives me the handy orange bar when I arrive saying “9 new posts” or whatever number. Given the number of blogs I follow (and the number of posts one of them puts out, sometimes five or six a day), that bar was extremely important in knowing just how far down the page I needed to scroll in order to know where to start reading *up.*
Bottom line: the new format is not attractive, and it is not functional. Double fail. Please make it optional.
I must say, the new interface is cool. You guys do a lot of hard work. Hats off!
When I go to WP Admin > Settings > Reading, I see two options under “For each article in a feed, show”.
b. Full text
Will the like and comment buttons not show in the reader if I choose the summary option. Can you explain the difference between the two?
I am disappointed with the format of the new reader. It is not user friendly in that it is time consuming and forces one into the blog in order to “follow” and gone is the side bar of recommended blogs. Please, this is really enough to send me running from my beloved blog here on WordPress. Obviously you have bought into a new program that is cumbersome and I doubt it is going to ease itself into the hearts of your bloggers.
The comments space is rather small. Can’t seem to be able to reread my comment before clicking on send. Is this just me?
Thank you for also allowing WordPress.org users with jetpack to get likes via the refreshed reader. I’ve been hoping for this for a long time. I’m very grateful.
Love it already! Bravo!
I like the new format with only a couple of points l would like to make:
1. I seem to have lost my gravatar/logo next to my site name on my posts – it is now some sort of generic symbol?
2. Don’t know if it is me but I cannot browse the ‘Photography’ posts in the Reader further back than about 40 minutes – There is no problem with other tags such as Weekly Photo Challenge and France for example where l can go back as far as l want to.
This new format will take quite a bit to get used to. I also liked it much better the way it was; but maybe after I become accustomed to the changes, it’ll be less cumbersome to use. I find it cumbersome now because the Ctrl + Click route mentioned earlier still opens the post in the reader rather than another window/new tab. I prefer going to a new tab so that I don’t lose my place in the feed. I keep losing my place in the feed because I inadvertently end up closing the tab after I finish reading rather than backtracking. I miss the option to go to the blog directly from the feed rather than having to click twice to get to the blog. In the end today, I’m giving up out of frustration because it’s actually taking longer to read what I normally would rather than being faster.
The New Reader is a quicker, cleaner reading experience so it will make me less likely to click into blogs unless they are set to offer a summary only, not the whole post. I’ve noticed that some of the poetry blogs I follow haven’t changed their settings so the whole poem is now available to read in The Reader. I think this will mean that my visit to their content won’t register in their stats? It would be the kind thing to do to remind bloggers about this, I think. I’m reserving judgement on whether this change is an improvement. It will probably make me less likely to try out new themes since everything now looks the same in The Reader anyway. However, I’m not inclined to cry for it be changed back until I’ve had a few more days getting used to it!
I’m seriously unhappy with this update. For one thing, (in the mobile version, at least – haven’t yet checked the other) it’s sterile and cold. I can’t see the interesting page designs that give my favorite blogs part of their personality. Hating that. Then, too, when I look atnmynown posts, I no longer see the lineup of likes. That was a quick way for me to see which blog friends had seen it and check for new icons I hadn’t seen before. All in all, this new version is impersonal and creates a much less satisfying experience.
The new layout looks interesting. But take me some time to get used to it. Feel that the small thumbnail for gallery a bit confusing with likers thumbnail. Make the interface a bit clustered.
Not sure how useful is the 20 sec / 1 min read at the end of each feed. Prefer to have “mark it as read” button instead.
Overall I like it and great that it’s faster. I like the ‘reading time’ display too.
Please can you make the Gravatars and Blog names bigger? We usually take our time to choose a picture and name that reflects our site so would be good to see this.
I like the thumbnails of additional pics.
I also used to use the suggested sites and found some good blogs there – can you put this back please. Thanks for improvements.
Way too much clicking and concentration needed to get to the actual post on a blog I want to read. If a change requires someone telling me to “give it time” to learn to like it despite how frustrating it is to use, then the ratio of cost to benefit in this “refresh” is probably out of whack.
How come we aren’t able to see the number of Likes a post has in the Reader yet we can still see the number of Comments a post has?
Why is this?
Was this intentional?
I found those counts very helpful, especially when searching for new blogs. I like to see what’s popular and what other people like and this is frequently determined by the number of Likes & Comments a post has.
Also – now that clicking on the title once results in viewing the post in its entirety in the Reader (this varies by blog I know) vs before when it would just take you to the authors site, in this new format – you have reduced the opportunity for more site traffic.
Similar to when you guys reformatted the Stats page – are you planning to give us an option to view it (the Reader) in its old format?
This would be awesome because it wold give us time to compare the two and warm up to the new one.
Sorry, this is the last one I promise –
But for those blogs where you can’t view the full content in the Reader, why still show all the pictures in that post in the Reader?
It doesn’t make sense.
You have to go to the authors blog to view the rest of the post but that isn’t the case to view all the associated pictures.
That just seems backwards.
The pictures are part of the post. If you have to go to the authors site to view the full post, then why doesn’t that rule apply to the associated pictures of that post?
For blogs that are very picture heavy, you’re screwing with their stats by essentially reducing the opportunity for site traffic.
I generally do not like when things are changed (why fix it if it is not broken) – but I will say that just viewing quickly it is fast and I like when you click on a blog link on your reader you get a full page of the blog instead of the little box – and I like the return arrow. So far so good!
A good effort so far, but the refresh of the Reader still needs some polishing:
– The “Block Site” function isn’t working. I use this feature dozens of times per day.
– When I set my blog to provide just a summary within the Reader — the images vanish when you click on “more”, but the comments remain. I set it back so the images remain when the post is clicked within the Reader.
– Also, why are the images so small? Are they being optimized for mobile devices? On the screen I’m using right now, the images just show up in the middle-third of the screen, with lots of wasted white space on either side. Without them being BIG, lots of detail is lost.
I don’t mind this new format but I do question as to why there is a summary option of a blogger’s post? I had read a couple years ago that newspapers were trying to write their articles to appeal to average readers, i.e. readers with an 8th grade level of reading. I have also noticed a “dumbing down” of sorts with local news broadcasts in my area of the country-very short snippets of “breaking” news. Is WordPress thinking that we readers of blogs need to be catered to, i.e. life is so fast-paced lets offer shortened summaries of the blogs? I would prefer life to move at a slower pace, so I would say, get rid of the summary section. Other than that I like the other apsects of the new format. Thank you.
I have a question about the new Reader. For my most recent post I published a poem and included a recording of it on SoundCloud. The SoundCloud link now appears at the top of my post in the Reader (on my actual post, I put the link at the bottom, after the poem). So it’s possible for a reader to click in the link, listen to my poem and not visit my site at all. Have I got this right? This seems a shame. Is there a way around this? I’d prefer visitors to click into my blog, read the poem and then listen to it (if they’d like to). Thanks, in advance, for any comment about this.
There is not an easy way to get to the actual blog site rather than just reading a generic post. When I click on my post, it doesn’t show any of the formatting or side bars with other information that I want people to see. I read some comments about double-clicking, but that’s not intuitive. Some sites have the “click here to visit site” button. How do I get this, as mine does not? Before, I could just click of “read more” button and go directly to the site.
Does the refresh still have a cap on “Likes”?
I ask because I used to go and like a high number of photo posts, then find that there was an invisible cap of some number (100? 150?) before the gold star would flip back to the neutral color. I found that I had to wait for about 45-minutes to an hour before I could “like” more posts.
I understand the reasoning for this and like the way it works on my mobile. The problem is that on my PC I now have to work harder to get to the actual blogs. Is there a way you can add a single-click option for getting directly to the blog one wishes to read/explore? Also, I am wondering if this is going to cause problems with stats. Will my stats accurately reflect readers who read entire posts from The Reader instead of navigating all the way to my blog?
I actually like the overall look of the “boxes” and I think the new look is fresh. I am however not a fan of the “30 second read” or “2 minute read” idea. WordPress is supposed to be about unique voices and perspectives. Those perspectives might be longer than a few minute read and I would rather have a surprise once I click on a blog title I like for the first time. Maybe it is short, maybe it is long, but I want to control what I read. I fear that with this little notification, longer blogs will suffer because people will see “6 minute read”…nope, no time for that right now. It also risks negating the well chosen words from people who share a poem or a thought of the day. It may only take 20 seconds to read that poem, but by “advertising” that length you run the risk of negating the well chosen words by the blogger. We already live in a rush rush society and 24 hour news cycle. WordPress is a refuge from that chaos, but little unnecessary tweaks like that will erode that refuge. What is the reason for adding that feature?
The new reader doesn’t work on my windows phone 8.1 at all. I’ve tried multiple browsers but get the “update your browser” page. Going to the old interface then clicking on “blogs I read” redirects to upgrade your browser!
Please fix it so it works on IE 11 on wp8.1!
I don’t know if it’s just my iPad but when I try and read a blog just in the reader (not on the persons actual blog) I cant scroll down to read the whole post. I’m scrolling down but the page just gets stuck so I can only read the top half. So I then have to click onto the person’s site and wait for that to load if I want to finish what I started reading. Is that a WordPress fault or something with my iPad? I never has this problem until the new change!
I can’t find the last comment I left…
Anyway, I’m sorry but I’m not finding it an improvement at all. It is more cumbersome to read posts now, as it only shows the summary or else you have to go to the actual blog.
And, I repeat, we don’t all read at the same speed. Please bring back the option of showing how many words per post instead of these estimated reading times!
I don’t find that double clicking on the title takes me to the original blog post. I have found the “…” and ‘visit site’ option. Too many steps to get to source……not simpler but does seem to load quicker.
When my post shows up in the reader it does not contain the “There’s more” link while posts from other bloggers have the link. How can I add that?
Still not seeing a significant portion of Gravatars in the reader. Including my own. Is there a fix for this?
I much prefer the previous version. I am not at all happy with this new format.
I was forced to read all the explanations and I thank you, Sheri but instead to save time, I lost a lot.
Sorry for my english🙂
Can some one help me find the ‘Explore Topics’ which was under the ‘Tags’ section in the ‘Reader.’ Please do not tell me, it was part of the renovation, I used hours ago and it just disappeared. It is very important for researching in WordPress.
I wish you’d stop using words like “easier,” “fun” and “improved” to describe your butchery of features. You’ve made every blog look like the same generic blah with no widgets or sidebar unless you want to click more times to get to the real thing. WP’s MO seems to be “make them click more to get to the same place.”
To rectify the issue I mentioned in my previous comment that occurred since the tweaks… I had to change my Reader settings to Full rather than Summary so the photo and a single tag appeared in Reader. I’d prefer Summary so that posts don’t appear in full in email notifications but so that a photo and tags appear in Reader and email notifications (is this possible in the new format? as it was it the old). Once glitch, Reader picked up a photo from my Library that wasn’t in the post and added it as well, which meant I had to go into the Library and delete the photo.