The Degradation Goes On
It seems that wordpress.com is not finished yet with all the downgrades. First we got this horrible new editor that we fortunately still can bypass due to the fact that the community demanded that the old editor is still available. Next they experimented with the top bar of the dashboard and the results were horrible too. If that is not enough, they do now come up with more changes to the user interface and the statistics page too. If you want to read my article, be prepared, it’s a rant about the ignorance of those who came up with the idea to make all the changes.
If you fully want to understand why they do this, I suggest you to read the latest article about the design changes. But I will now quote some of the nonsense of their latest article and tell you my opinion about each quote.
We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes.
Hilarious start to introduce the unwelcome changes. I wonder how they come up with this argument, because as a user I just feel that everything works now more clunky in the dashboard. The performance is now everything else but not faster and especially not more powerful but totally downgraded.
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.
This is an embarrassing statement and I say this because you just needed to open the official forums to see that the users have another impression. The latest design changes resulted in the exact opposite of an intuitive environment for content creation. However, they don’t lie if they say it is now more consistent across all devices because that’s exactly what they achieved. They streamlined it down to make it look like a mobile app.
We know that WordPress.com users are extremely keen on understanding how others view and interact with their content, so we wanted to make Stats faster, more accessible, and richer overall.
This is strange because what I need is a complex statistics page that tells me everything about the way people interact with my site. Making this site more accessible means that it is downgraded for people who are overwhelmed with a complex page. We can talk about luck that the old statistics page is still there and that we are not forced to use the new downgraded page.
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.
I must admit that this is a very fair statement. It’s the first time I see them admit where we heading to. It’s the direction that most people already expected. They want to give mobile users a first-class experience and that’s exactly how the changes appear. Everything looks bigger and more clunky and that might be a good design on a mobile device but what they forget is that this kind of design doesn’t work on a desktop device.
Forcing a mobile design on desktop users is an insult. They do even clearly admit it when they talk about creating a first-class experience for mobile users because that’s the only group they mention when they talk about the changes. So, here is the opinion of a desktop user that works with software since decades.. the new design is of course streamlined but that is bad as making things simpler. It does in fact even hurt when I see such a design on my widescreen.
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.
I usually don’t comment on such bullshit but to make my rant complete, I will. I don’t know what is wrong with them. Do they have some kind of different click-behaviour or do they have a different perception than I do? I do not only talk about the “my site” section now but in general I feel my self forced to click more to open certain pages. There is either something wrong with my perception or this paragraph is an attempt to make the changes more tempting.
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.
Isn’t it funny how they contradict themself? First they mention to make things more streamlined and simpler and at the end they talk about making things more powerful? Maybe I don’t get the definition of the word powerful. But there is something that makes me even more mad, it’s when they say they do listen to user feedback. I can’t tell you what kind of impertinence this is because the fact is that they don’t listen to user feedback and to find this out you just need to browse their support forum.
They are not even ashamed to openly come up with such a lie. I have been active in the forum since some time and not only this, I read there quite often. At the time I write this post here you just need to open the forum to find a lot of people complain about the changes and that’s how it is going on since they started to force “that mobile experience” on us. If they get too much of an impression what people think, they simply close threads because they have the power to do so. That is the reality.
Give the new navigation and enhanced stats a whirl, and let us know what you think!
Done! Done with my article here. I did that several times on my blog and I won’t stop unless I don’t host my site here anymore. But here is my opinion in a nutshell… All the latest design changes, and I really mean all the latest changes, are horrible. A mobile design has its place on a mobile device but forcing such design on all users, even those who use a desktop system, that is a plain stupid idea.
While this design works very well on mobile devices, it looks miserable on non-mobile systems. The usability is bad, things are often broken after updates, the design is ugly and the streamlining or simplification is an insult against a group of people who are called blogger and who are quite tech-savvy anyway.
There is no need for simplification and if there is, than only because they do want to streamline it until the last person on earth starts to create a blog, it’s called profit maximizing and happens everywhere recently. They want to have as much users as possible, users that might use their upgrades in the store.
They want to compete with Tumblr- and Instragram-like platforms where people upload their images and thoughts with one click, that is my opinion. But what they don’t realize is that this is a completely different audience. But that’s where we heading to. I expect more downgrades in the future because what happened does not look very good.
I am very disappointed but at the same time I am still happy that I can bypass most of the new features to enjoy the old design. Sadly it’s not possible with everything and then there is also the question for how long they let us use the old features until they finally decide to force the new changes on us completely. I think it will happen and if it does, I will start to host my own WordPress installation anywhere else. It hopefully doesn’t happen but I start to prepare myself for the worst case.