Hi. I’m Sheri, and I’m stepping in to help test upcoming changes to the WordPress.com editor.
What is it?
The WordPress.com editor is the editor you use to create content for any WordPress site via the WordPress.com interface. We’ve got some major changes coming up, and we’d like some help testing the new version before we enable it for everyone.
What is changing?
Taking what we’ve learned from the last editor iteration, previously known as beep beep boop, we are working on a faster version of the editor, with better previews, improved autosave, quick access to drafts, updates to the editing toolbar, and more.
We listened. We took your past feedback to heart, and we also prioritized features based on usage statistics. We hope that, by testing early and often, we will be able to make the update process a better experience than it has been in the past.
There is a team working hard on the editor and making improvements every day.
What to test:
We’d like to know:
- Are there any blockers? Blockers are things that prevent you from publishing new content.
- Your overall impression: does it feel fast? are there parts of the interface that aren’t clear? is publishing a new post simple?
- Any bug or frustration you feel while using it.
To test, try the following activities:
- Go to https://horizon.wordpress.com/post
- Select your site if prompted.
- Write a post as you normally would.
- Try some common tasks (one or as many as you’d like):
- Add an image with a caption
- Add/remove tags and categories
- Change the author (if you have a multi-author blog)
- Schedule a post
- Preview a post
- Customize your publicize settings
- Create then delete a draft
- Try adding a captioned gallery
- Try the keyboard shortcuts
- Anything else you normally do when publishing a new post
- Let us know in the comments here if you run into any problems.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping to test the editor! Any amount of testing is good, so it doesn’t matter if you try just one task or all of them. We’d love your feedback on any part.
Keep in mind that there are likely to be bugs in early testing, and finding those are the main concern at this point. We’d like to ask that you look at this next iteration of the editor with an open mind and volunteer feedback that has context and that separates the problem from the solution. Please take a moment to read “Tips on giving feedback” and then please let us know what you find when testing!
We are going to gather feedback about the editor here for the next several weeks,
until September 30th extended until this feature launches.