Comparing blog post listings pages

Blog post listings

This is the second in the series of comparing the new style WordPress.com with the old version. Previously I focused on the Dashboard sidebars.

Now I shall look at how each blog post is listed in its blog post listings page.

First, here's the new version:

New post listings page

It is certainly bigger and clearer than the old version below:

Old post listings page

Where all the entries are tighter and show more information in a linear format.

The new version presents each blog post's information within a compact box:

New post entry

And the older version provides more information in a grid listings layout:

Old post entry

However, this is the abbreviated format. At the top of the old blog post listings page, there are two icons which allow you to switch layouts:

Old change post details layout

In fact I hadn't noticed them before I began this comparison. When you click on the right icon, the listings change to this:

Old extensive post details layout

Which not only give you the first words of the post, but also the time as well as the date of publication.

Have you noticed that the new version doesn't tell you that the post is published? The only indication is the date, which is relative and not exact.

New publishing details

It clearly shows how many comments, likes and viewings the post has had, whereas the old system shows no stats data:

Old publishing details

Now let's take a look at the editing links. On the new version, these are lined up under the entry in an orderly fashion:

New editing links

And they include an option to view the stats.

Whereas on the old version, you have to mouse over the blog post's title for the editing links to appear:

Old editing links

But there is the additional extremely useful link called 'Quick Edit'. This leads to this menu below which contains a lot of very useful goodies:

Old quick edit menu

Here you can adapt a lot of elements of the post, such as

  • change the slug or permalink (the post's URL or webaddress)
  • change the category and tags
  • change the published status to draft or pending
  • allow comments (unticking this deletes the comment box under the post)
  • allow pings (unticking this prevents any notifications that your post has been mentioned by other bloggers)
  • make the post sticky (stays permanently at the top of the blog)
  • add a password to protect the post, or make it private to only the blog's owners

Now let's look at the new sidebar menu. The link is titled Blog Posts, with only an Add button for company:

New publish menu

Whereas the old sidebar only says Posts (which is sometimes confusing for beginners), and when activated includes an extended menu showing categories, tags and the ability to copy a post:

Extras with Post menu

And the old blog post listings include details of the author, categories and tags, which are not present in the new version:

Old extra post details

In fact the new version seems to disregard categories and tags, even making accessing them difficult when writing posts (more on that in another post).

And finally let's look at the top of the blog post listings page. The new version shows this:

New menu top

Just how many blog posts are published and are in draft, plus a magnifying glass symbol suggesting a search mechanism (you have to know what that icon means to use it).

The old version, because it is in a grid format, can afford to show more detail:

Old menu top

It offers

  • Bulk actions to edit or move posts to trash
  • Listing all the dates posts were published
  • Listing all categories available
  • The ability to switch listings layout
  • A recognisable search field for specific posts
  • A pagination system (the new version has a continuous scrolling mechanism where the posts list forever, making it more difficult to access the earlier posts)

Now each version has its merits, and certainly the old version provides more facilities.

But the newer version is more suitable for bloggers that only want to write, and not really bother about the other technical features that could be available.

Even though the modern blogger need not get confused by these extras, a lot of these useful elements are omitted and therefore not introduced. And I have known bloggers who have been extremely grateful to access what these can offer.

Let me know which blog post listings page you prefer.

The next post will focus on how to write or edit a blog post in each of the two versions.

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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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