WordPress.com is on continuous roll-out. Changes to the code are being made many times daily and new features are being introduced, while existing functions and features are being improved and upgraded. Changes to the WordPress.com Admin bar and/or dashboard took users by surprise and A Shiny New, Simplified Admin Bar was announced.
The announcement let users know this was to make “likes” and “follows” more accessible. That’s not surprising given the earlier announcement.
Why is it called Follow and not Subscribe? Good question, as many designers here at WordPress.com debated this, including me. Although the functionality is similiar to the Email subscription widget, after testing various prototypes, we learned more people clicked on the button and signed up if it were called Follow rather than Subscribe. We also know subscribe suggests to some its something you pay for, whereas follow has no such connotation.
More changes in works
Pssst! The reblogging feature after clicking the like button is unavailable as changes to that function are underway. It’s suggested that using Press This while Staff work on bringing Reblog back to the Admin Bar.
I’m not impressed with the duplication of buttons which are already avaialble to me beeing tucked away for simplicity sake. I used to be able to access my other blogs quickly and easily from the “Blogs” drop down. Now that process has been made slower. In fact my whole Admin section on this site has become SLOW, and that’s why I am typing this in a test blog and copying it and pasting it here.
Would you care to share your response to the changes?