How can we make WordPress better? What features would you like?

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Features!? Features!? Calling all features!

The newest release of WordPress coming out in a few days is all about features. Which features, are up to you. A few days ago I made a call for new feature requests. Read that post if you are curious about what made all this possible.

For today I want to know what features you would like to add to your blog. Did you know that a WordPress blog can do just about everything a computer can plus a little?

People have used WordPress for contact lists, CMS, social media sites, online galleries, magazines, catalogs, games, bookmark database, spreadsheet, and toothbrush. Once you get to know and love WordPress you start finding more and more ways to use it to solve every problem and fill every need.

What areas do you think need the most improvement? Some possibilities are:

  • Comments
  • Tags
  • Linking to old posts (Archives)
  • Blogroll
  • Calandar
  • Categories
  • Administration area
  • Integration with social media sites (FaceBook, MySpace, Ning)
  • Post editor / New Post
  • Email
  • Pictures
  • Sidebar
  • Widgets
  • Twitter
  • Database
  • Search
  • Rollerblading

If you have seen anything on my blog or anybody else’s and thought, “Man, I wish my blog had that”, now is the time to mention it. I am going to be posting soon to tell you how to add all the requested features and more to your blog.

And the best part is that it is so easy to do.

So, what features do you want?

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49 responses to “How can we make WordPress better? What features would you like?

  1. I think I quite like the comment section.

    But I nerver use the calenda bit.

    Maybe I will try to use it and tell you what I’m thinking about it.

  2. Excellent, Social marketing is an adaptable approach, increasingly being used to achieve and sustain behaviour goals on a range of social issues, it is a very good post .

    Cheers,

    Andy Colleman

  3. I think the uploading pictures should be changed. Its actually a major pain. So many times I upload a picture and try place it with the text around it and it is difficult. I have spent hours trying to make one picture perfect.

  4. I would like to have some plugins embeded by default, like CommentLuv for instance.

  5. Garage,

    The gallery is a major focus of 2.8, and in the mean-time there are several alternate gallery managers. I am working on a review, but here is a raw list of several of them:

    NextGEN Gallery

    NextGEN Smooth Gallery – use with NextGEN

    Dynamic Content Gallery

    PhotoXhibit

    AWSOM Pixgallery

    Auto Post Images (API)

    Page Flip Image Gallery

    WPG2

    Post Thumb Revisited

    Lazyest Gallery

    Gallery Widget

    Gallery Widget Pro

    WP PicLens

    NextGEN-ImageFlow

    PhotoQ Photoblog Plugin

    Scissors – crop and resize

    Thumbnails Manager

    G4B Photo Gallery

    Yet Another Photoblog

  6. 123,

    One of the toughest jobs of a developer is deciding what to leave out. The beauty of systems that support plugins is that users can add whichever features are important to them. The WP team does watch which plug-ins are most commonly added and considers them for core. CommentLuv does seem to be catching on so it might go core soon. It might not though because of disqus and other options. If you leave it as a plugin, the users have more choice, and that is good, right?

    Also if they allow CommentLuv to develop separately it may get accepted as a plugin for multiple blog systems which would increase its value. I am not sure CommetLuv wants to be assimilated. 🙂

  7. I like a comment and tags section becouse you can send traffic to your site.

  8. thank for list plugin

  9. I need easy Gallery for all photos (preview) on 1 page and Preview should be a link on post with photo

  10. Great stuff. Well personally the gallery has been my only problem. Not too much of a problem but I personally thought it could have some improvements. Anyway, as I see it will be looked in to I’m looking forward to see a really awesome gallery 🙂 Thanks Luke.

  11. Most needed is gallery!

  12. Being able to re-upload gallery items would be handy, and tagging gallery items.

  13. Try CommentLuv plugin. And survey section looks horrible.

  14. wow that was a lot of informations bro…. i havent use wordpress yet… i used blogspot. hehe any post related to it… 🙂

  15. herry,

    Blogspot/Blogger is not open source so there is not a lot we can do to change or improve it. I did do one post about it, though. http://luke.gedeon.name/ask-luke-stats-tracker-for-google-blogger.html

  16. You have an awesome list of plugins.

  17. These facts are great! Do post some quotes too. I am looking for some quotes or sayings to be placed on my site. 🙂

  18. Nice post, you have just reminded me about how important design principles are.

  19. I really liked your blog!

  20. This is really a valuable post. Thank you! 😀 and.. keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you

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  22. Can you provide more information on this?

  23. Kerry,

    If you have specific questions I could point you to individual posts, but if you are just wanting to learn more about WordPress in general try the find box, halfway up on the right. I talk about WordPress a lot.

  24. Where can I subscribe to your rss? You have good posts 🙂

  25. Kerry,

    Thank you. In the top right corner, just under the blue bar is a link that says, Subscribe to RSS. Depending on which feed reader you are using, you can click on that link, or copy it into your feed reader.

    If you are looking for a good feed reader, I suggest http://www.google.com/reader/ or http://www.feedly.com/. The first is simpler the second looks nicer. Let me know if you need any help setting that up.

    If you are wanting to subscribe by email, you can visit http://feeds.feedburner.com/lukegedeon/, where there is a place to enter your email address. Or, you could reply to this comment with the word “email” and I will set it up for you. It does not get any easier than that does it?

  26. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  27. I agree with the comment about deciding what to leave out… That is the hardest job for a developer. What do you leave as a plugin and what becomes part of the framework? WordPress had a great plugin directory and great contributors, but it would be nice to improve the buiilt in images uploader and editor. Take a look at Plone, I think this would be a good example of a user friendly image uploader and editor for wordpress to emulate.

  28. I would say that image management has got to be the weakest part of WordPress. That is supposedly the next major project.

  29. Outstanding post with useful and insightful recommends!

    I note them for my action. Thanks.

  30. Thank you, I really need to know this before taking action. DO you do SEO?

  31. Drupal,

    I haven’t really tried specifically to SEO this site, but I am familiar with what search-engines want and have tried to make my site as SEF as I could with limited time.

  32. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  33. Very nice information. Thanks for this. By the way, did you write this article yourself? It looks familiar..

  34. Great post. I’m new to blogging and the information are very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  35. I just started using WP and love how customizable it is through it’s add ons. Thanks for the post!

  36. grate post thanks I’ll go with comment and tag options good job carry on in future also……

  37. Не меняются только самые мудрые и самые глупые.

  38. I think intergration with social media sites should constantly be updated. Things are always changing there, which means things should always be changing here.

  39. Development is the most important in our history, and we can increase our view by this.

  40. I like it which can show on online, and I can learn many things from it.

  41. Do you think it is simple and you can make it rich, beacuse I real like it very much.

  42. I like to streamline the evaluation of the future can learn from my published.

  43. Integration with the social media sites. this is what I want to see improvement since everybody is moving to social bookmarking following each other etc..

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  45. Thank you very much 😛

  46. You know WordPress is a fantastic source for both business and the home user but I do agree that the lack of upload structure has let itself down a little. SO many addons available for such a popular blog service yet no updates on this little snag.

    Excellent blog post and I will certainly be keeping updated on this next best update from WordPress. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

  47. I see you got a pile of plugins that can really be useful for newbies. I got what I was looking for. Gallery managers will be of great help.

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