Bleeding Edge WordPress 2.7 is looking so good
I’ve finally installed a copy of WordPress 2.7 (still under development) from the svn on my computer last week and it’s looking good. The menus are now on the left side (looks like it’s time to think about a 1680×1050 22-inch monitor).
Lot’s of new stuff, like now you can already edit basic meta stuff without having to open and edit an article.
I love what seems to be a direction into putting the “media tools” stuff on the right side of the “add/edit post/page” screens ‘coz I think it’s a lot more easier to be able to interact with the media and the editor at the same time when creating a post.
I one of those people who’s interested in UI’s and usability and with my last post about the WordPress menu user survey, I decided to create a mock-up screen of the WordPress using Inkscape (trying to learn the software).
I call it WordPress 3.0 ( my new found hobby 🙂 ) but with the progress of WordPress 2.7, I hope some of it would be available in the upcoming version.
My WordPress 3.0 still has the menu on top. What I think would be a boon to add into WordPress is a Media Library Tool that is available when creating your post/page. The Media Library will sort of provide the same (already available) media functions like add, upload, delete but in addition to that maybe some filters/actions can be added to allow addition of “media modifiers”.
The media modifiers would allow plugin developers to add for instance an “image cropping” plugin which will allow you to crop the image before adding it on your article.
Another feature that I think would be great is to be able to set a “location (url or directory)” for the media library plus the ability to tag the media / photos much like the way we could do it on our photo libraries on our desktops. This would facilitate searching and reusing of photos.
One of the things I like about WordPress is it’s ability to be able to store and incorporated custom field data. A feature to allow incoporating external tables to be custom fields for groups of posts would be nice.
Those are just a couple of things that I think would really help in getting WordPress to publish almost anything on the planet (not that it’s not already doing it.)
I’m pretty excited about the features in the new version and I hope to use it soon. Hope you’d also check out the new version and see for yourself the cool new features.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.