WordPress 4.0 – better, but what if you’re WordPressphobic?
WordPress, the most popular website and blogging framework in the world, just released version 4.0, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman.
WordPress 4.0 includes several needed improvements but we doubt if this will encourage many of our clients to crack the admin and manage their own content.
“There are 2 types of people that get WordPress sites, those who want to easily manage their website content and those that like the idea that they could if they had to.”
– Richard Parr, CEO of Executionists Inc.
Most of our clients fall into the latter category. Even with the power of the WordPress CMS (Content Management System), they are too busy running of their businesses to take time to log into their website and manage their content. They perceive levels of obstacles, such as having to remember or store yet another password in order to navigate to the page they want to edit or to create a new post. Once in the dashboard, they are confronted with unfamiliar fields and options and become CMS-phobic or in this case, WordPressphobic. The anxiety generated from having to navigate to a page, add content, select options, insert keywords, preview and accept the finality of the “PUBLISH” button is too much for many business owners.
“One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn’t keep on, you’ll find ’em. The obstacles are all there; there are a million of ’em.”
– Benny Goodman, popular bandleader in the Big Band/ Swing era.
Our favorite new features in WordPress 4.0 are the Media Grid View and Media Embed previews that let you can see how your media (videos, etc.) will look in editing mode. Improvements to the usability of the editing window now allow you to have the important text editing features always on-screen. Technically-savvy folks will like the updated, information-rich layout of the plug-ins.
We still find it amusing that over the years that we have built many custom CMS solutions in Joomla, Drupal and WordPress for clients who persists in asking us to handle updates to simple content pages on their behalf. Naturally, we don’t mind that our WordPressphobic clients leave their content maintenance to us, but the point of the CMS in the first place was to empower our clients to handle this themselves, saving money and time. These clients would probably ascribe to this Benny Goodman quote:
“After you’ve done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.”
– Benny Goodman
If you need to upgrade your WordPress to 4.0 or need someone reliable to manage your content click the button below. See the official WordPress 4.0 release announcement here .