WordPress-3-9: Keep Calm and Carry On

Many WordPress.com users don’t know their sites are guinea pig sites that new WordPress software upgrades are tested on. The upgrades are done by Staff and introduced about a month before the developers fix the breakage and tweak the code and make the upgrade available to WordPress.org users for their self hosted sites. Continue reading

7 Reasons Why I Like WordPress.com Hosting

WordPress.com is not only a great place to start blogging but it may even be your last stop. When you self host a WordPress.org install you are on your own. Managing your own install isn’t a cake walk. The learning curve is steep and takes lots of time – time you won’t be spending on content creation. I’ve been there, done that and returned. Continue reading

Moving Your Blog from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org: Resources and Tips

Moving my blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site using WordPress.org software was far easier than I ever imagined. The process is not nearly as terrifying, complex, or time consuming as some would lead you to believe if you are prepared. Continue reading

WordPress Fly Out Menus Coming Soon

WordPress 3.3 Beta 2 has been released  and that means more changes to WordPress user dashboards are coming soon. Expand and collapse menus will be replaced by fly out menus.

Update! They have arrived.  Drag & Drop Media Uploader & Flyout Dashboard Menus

expanded menucollapsed menuCurrently we can have our left dashboard menu sections simultaneously expanded in as many sections as we wish. (See the image on the far left. )

That ability to leave the menu sections I used frequently expanded allowed for ease of navigation back and forth and it’s the way I’ve been operating.  That  won’t be possible with flyout menus.

The sub-menu items still appear when you click the main item but in another box. (see the last image).

Only the active menu item opens up to reveal the sub-item and we will not be able to have more than one sub-menu open at a time.

I love the flyout menus when a menu is collapsed. However, I hate that I can’t have multiple menus expanded at once. It makes working in the admin extremely slow. That’s really my only gripe. — Justin Tadlock

The issue for some will be that the option to keep menu items of our choice open will disappear. I’m preparing in advance by operating with only one sub-menu item at a time and I’m not liking it.  See also: Admin menu doesn’t expand/collapse in 3.3 beta 1. Why? (78 posts)
fly-out menu

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WordPress HTML editor font change

WordPress HTML editor font change

wordpress icon I’ve been a WordPress blogger for 5 years and I’m really frustrated by this change. I have experienced many changes here at WordPress.com and although some have been frustrating none were an actual barrier to me using the editor in both modes — this one is a barrier.  :(

I can read and quickly scan the font in the Visual editor with ease. Thankfully, it has not been changed but the Consolas font in the HTML editor is a completely different story.

The font stack use in the HTML editor is Consolas, Monaco, Monospace. If you computer does not have Consolas, then your browser will use Monaco. If it does not have that, then it will use Monospace. If it does not have that, the browser will use another font.

Consolas is a new Microsoft font.

Consolas is aimed for use in programming environments and other circumstances where a monospaced font is specified. All characters have the same width, like old typewriters, making it a good choice for personal and business correspondence. The improved Windows font display allowed a design with proportions closer to normal text than traditional monospaced fonts like Courier. This allows for more comfortably reading of extended text on screen. OpenType features include hanging or lining numerals; slashed, dotted and normal zeros; and alternative shapes for a number of lowercase letters. The look of text can be tuned to personal taste by varying the number of bars and waves.

I’m visually challenged and I normally use the HTML editor a great deal of the time. The font change is so terrible that I am being forced into using the Visual editor. Therefore I posted into this WordPress.org thread titled Return the html editor back to a sans font instead of the new Consolas font, begging that the font change to Consolas in the HTML editor in the WordPress 3.2 version be reversed.

I also submitted the following for consideration:

I am looking towards the future as well. I would like to see  inclusion for WordPress.com users and parity with WordPress.ORG users when it comes to BETA testing new WordPress versions in developmental stages.

When the 2.5 upgrade was in development and being BETA tested by WordPress.ORG bloggers there was a demo site set up that we WordPress.COM bloggers could use and post feedback to. Is it possible that Staff and the our WordPress.com developers would consider doing the same for WordPress.com bloggers prior to upgrades in the future?

I’m suggesting this because most WordPress.com users are not to my knowledge conversant in coding and geek speak. In fact WordPress.com has always emphasized that we do not need to be conversant in code we can just blog. WordPress.org also emphasizes one click installs and implies one does not need to be code conversant to run a WordPress.ORG install. I think it’s unlikely that most WordPress.com users would be inclined to set up and run a WordPress.ORG install site simply for BETA testing purposes of WordPress version upgrades in development.

If WordPress.com users were provided with a demo site they can “test drive” what’s proposed and provide feedback from their non-coder non-geek  speaking POV. I think that would be valuable feedback that would create party between the different types of users. Then the claim that the core WordPress upgrades are built on the feedback of millions of WordPress users will have more integrity, because at present the feedback from millions of WordPress.com users is not being facilitated.

Thank you, in advance, for reading my submission.

P.S. If this is not the correct venue for submitting my BETA testing parity for WordPress.com users suggestion please inform me where the correct place to post this is and I will post it there.

Discussion

I would like to discuss two related  issues with my readers in this post.

1.   I’m wondering what my readers think of this font change in the HTML editor.  Do you find the Consolas font to be more or less “readable” than  the previous font?

2.   Do you support my parity between WordPress.com and WordPress.org users suggestion?  Specifically, I asked for a BETA testing demo site to be set up  so that millions of WordPress.com users can experiment with new WordPress versions in development and provide their feedback to WordPress developers along with WordPress.org users?

3.   If such a demo site were made available to you as a WordPress.com user then would you use it and provide your feedback to WordPress developers?

UPDATE: If any of my readers would care to cast a vote, there is a poll on the change to the font in the HTML editor at the top of the right hand sidebar on WordPress Tips.

Please vote!
HTML editor font: more user-friendly and readable before or now? …