Call for Testing: Plugins Page

Hey testers! I’m a designer working on WordPress.com, and we’d like your feedback on a new page — WordPress.com Plugins.

What is it?

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This adds a new sidebar item that allows users to see all of the plugins available on WordPress.com.

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We hope this clears up a lot of confusion for new users, but we also want experienced users and paying customers to know exactly what plugins they have. As we add more features and plugins, it will be a helpful reference.

What to test?

Just look for the new Plugins sidebar link. It will only be displayed if you have a single WordPress.com site selected. If you have a Plan, the corresponding plugins will appear activated. Each plugin links to a support article.

We’d really like to know your general thoughts about this change:

  • Do you think this would be helpful for new users?
  • Is this page clear and informative?
  • Would you want any additional information on this page?

Write any feedback you have as a comment on this post, and thank you for testing!

We are going to gather feedback about this idea for one week, until April 28th.

 

Call for Testing: Resume Draft Button

Hi! I’m Andrew, JavaScript Wrangler on Team I/O, and today I’d like to get your opinion on a small but interesting feature we’re evaluating.

What is it?

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It’s a small button that appears in the blue bar at the top of your page when you’ve written a post and navigated away from it before publishing. The idea is to enable you to quickly return to your in-progress draft.

Please note that the feature is only available on desktop browsers. On a mobile browser, it won’t show due to limited space.

What to test?

We’d like to know:

  • Have you ever felt lost in returning to a draft?
  • Does this feature solve that problem?
  • Is it obvious under which circumstances the button is visible?
  • Would you have gone about addressing the usability concern differently?

Try the following activities:

  1. Start a new post, write a few lines, ensure the post is saved, then navigate to the Reader.
  2. Browse a bit around the site, notice that the button is still there.
  3. Click on the button to go back to the post.

Note that this feature should be considered experimental, and may be removed altogether at a time in the future if not deemed an improvement.

We are going to gather feedback about this idea for about 2 weeks, until April 25th.

 

Call for Testing: People Management

Hello there! I am Eric, the project lead for People Management, a section similar to the Users section in WP Admin. I’m excited to show you what we’ve been working on.

What is it?

People management allows you to view and manage users and followers of any WordPress.com site or any self-hosted, Jetpack-connected WordPress.org site.

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This version of people management does not include the ability to add or invite new users to a given site. To add or invite a user, you can click on the “Add” button and you will be taken to WP Admin for the time being.

What to Test

  • Are you able to view and update users?
  • Are you able to view and remove followers?
  • Does the flow between sections make sense?
  • Is there anything that is confusing?

Note: to test on self-hosted sites, you will need a Jetpack connected site, with a Jetpack version of at least 3.7 and the manage module enabled.

To test adding people who will have access to your site:

  1. Add a user you won’t mind deleting later.
  2. Go to People Management on Horizon.
  3. Change the person’s role.
  4. (Jetpack-only) change the person’s public display name.
  5. Remove the person from the site.

To test followers, you will need an email address not already associated with an account on the site:

  1. Subscribe to your site using a test email address.
  2. Confirm the subscription.
  3. Go to People Management → Email Followers on Horizon.
  4. Remove the follower.

Write any feedback you have as a comment on this post, and thank you for your interest in helping to improve WordPress.com!

We are going to gather feedback about People Management until October 20th.

Wrap Up: Plugin Browser

Thank you for taking the time to test and report issues in the Plugin Browser. Your attention to detail and kind feedback is very appreciated.

We are now launching the Plugin Browser on WordPress.com. There is still more work to be done in the future, such as adding the plugin screenshots, improving the data that we currently getting from the WordPress.org API, as well as making changes to Jetpack to allow plugin authors to restrict the plugins that we display. We will continue working on the Plugin Browser as well as the Plugin Management experience for all Jetpack Sites.

Thanks again.

Call for Testing: Editor

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:

  1. Go to https://horizon.wordpress.com/post
  2. Select your site if prompted.
  3. Write a post as you normally would.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Call for testing: Plugin Browser

Hi I am Enej, the project lead for the new Plugin Browser for Jetpack sites. I’m excited to show you what we’ve been working on, and hear what you think of the ability to manage plugins on your Jetpack-powered WordPress.org sites from right here on WordPress.com.

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What is it?

The new plugin browser lets you find and install plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory. You can search for keywords or browse within Featured, New and Popular categories. If you’ve got plugins on your site that you no longer need, then this update also lets you remove (delete) those plugins from your sites. You can still activate/deactivate plugins, and turn on (or off) auto-updates as well.

As part of the plugin browser project we have added more details to the single plugin view, which now surfaces reviews and ratings from the WordPress community, as well as the full description, changelog and other information specified by the plugin author.

What’s new:

  • Searching for a plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository
  • Installing a plugin directly from the WordPress.org plugin repository
  • Removing (deleting) a plugin from your site
  • Browsing Featured, New and Popular plugin categories
  • New information/layout on the single plugin view
  • Improved support for Multi-site WordPress.org installations

What to test:

You will need a Jetpack connected site to test these new features. Make sure you’ve got Jetpack installed and connected on a test site, and then activate the Manage module.

  • Are you able to install your favourite plugin on the site by searching for it in the browser?
  • Is there any information missing from the plugin page that would be helpful?
  • Are you able to remove plugins from your site?
  • Any bugs or frustration you feel while using it?
  • Does the flow between pages make sense? Is there anything confusing?

How to test:

  1. Go to My Sites on Horizon and click on Add next to Plugins in the sidebar.
  2. Search for a plugin that you want to install on one of your Jetpack sites and figure out how to install it. The plugin should be installed, activated and set to autoupdate right away. Check in the wp-admin of your site to confirm that the plugin was installed and activated.
  3. Try removing the same plugin that you just installed or a different one that you don’t want to keep anymore. Confirm in wp-admin that it was in fact removed.
  4. Try going to My Sites and selecting a specific site, then go through the plugin install process again and see if it makes sense.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about these changes in the comments of this post. Feel free to post multiple times if you’ve got a lot to say. What could we do to make this more useful? Do you think you’ll use this feature to manage your plugins? Why? Why not?

We are going to gather feedback about the plugin browser for the next 2 weeks, so until September 24th September 28th.

Wrap Up: Theme Showcase Jetpack Integration

Thanks again for testing the Jetpack-enabled Theme Showcase!

Following up on the feedback received, we’ve now fixed the link opening behavior, so that clicking on “Preview” in the “•••” menu opens a new tab, as does clicking on the theme thumbnail.

We’ve also fixed a couple of other bugs that emerged from the testing: there are now clearer messages when Jetpack is disabled and when Jetpack hasn’t been updated, which will help to clarify some install situations..

The feature right now seems stable, even if we are aware it’s just the first step to create a complete experience. We are planning to release this with the next Jetpack release, so stay tuned!

Thanks, and looking forward to our next round of testing!