Comparing blog post writing pages

blog post writing

This is the third in my series about comparing the new and old WordPress.com layouts. Previously I have compared the Dashboard sidebars and blog post listings pages.

Today I'm looking at the blog post writing or editing page, where you write your blog post and add the publishing features to enhance its performance.

Below is the new version Blog Posts tag in the Dashboard sidebar. It is accompanied by an easy to use Add button to direct you to the blog post writing page.

There is an additional plussed pencil icon at the top of the page for easy and immediate access to this page:

Add New in new sidebar

However, the old version needs the secondary menu to be activated, usually by mousing over or clicking the Posts tab in the Dashboard sidebar. Note it says Posts, and not Blog Posts.

The command is Add New, which is more intuitive. Another similar command button is placed at the top of the blog posts listings page, and in the extreme top right you'll find the plussed pencil icon as well:

Add New Post in old sidebar

Here's the new blog post writing page:

New post editing page

And the old version:

Old post editing page

The first thing I noticed is that the new version has its editing sidebar on the left:

New editing left sidebar

Whereas the old version has its editing sidebar on the right, thus retaining the availability of its Dashboard sidebar at all times:

Old editing sidebars

Whilst you're writing your blog post, the new version seems to have lost access with the rest of the blog.

I shall fully explore the blog post writing sidebars in the next post.

Let's look at the main body where the actual blog post is written. First, the new version simply guides where the headline goes with the word Title:

New title explanation

Whereas the old version gives a bit more information:

Old enter title here

The new version only allows the blogger to add images and other media:

New added features

Whereas the old version provides a selection of editorial features. Apart from the ability to add images, the add contact form is also valuable:

Old added features

In the new version, there is a new item in the editing icons area, which allows undisturbed blog post writing:

New undisturbed feature

But the old version isn't neglected – this icon is placed underneath the Visual and Text tabs found at the top right of the editing field:

Old undisturbed feature

A feature of the new version shows the current editorial status of the post in the top right corner of the title field:

New draft status

And the ability to save your post as a draft (before publishing it) is placed at the bottom right underneath the editing field:

New save draft button

Whereas the old version contains this facility in its Publish menu, where everything happens in one small area:

Old draft status

However, in the new version, the ability to change your published status is available in the Change Status widget without the need of a drop down menu:

New draft status location

And in the new version, the preview button is left out in the cold, way over to the bottom left underneath the editing area:

New preview button

And in the old version, it nestles near the other publishing buttons in a much more findable position:

Old preview button

My next post will explore the very interesting developments in the blog post writing sidebars, some of which I thoroughly approve of.

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Alice Elliott writes the Beginner Bloggers blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She specialises in simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Why not also visit her award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog to learn some more.

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