The Next WordPress Update – My Wish List |

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The Next WordPress Update – My Wish List |

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Allan’s Wish List for the next WordPress upgrade:

Greetings to all from Allan at and I hope this post find you well!

My name is Allan, and I use WordPress everyday. There are a few things I keep wishing WordPress had built in to the new design. This post examines a few ideas I have for the awesome development team at WordPress.

Add Comment Settings to Media File Parameters: Please give us an option to set this while already setting parameters for the media file. By default, WordPress sets comments to on for media files. You must manually turn them off as they are not turned off in the Discussion settings along with pages and posts.

Seeing comments when you turned them off can be confusing to most. But this little know back door that allows comments (especially comment spam) to enter unobstructed.

Having an option to quickly turn comments on or off for media files while looking at and setting the main parameters for the image anyway would be super convenient.

Personally I had to go back and turn them off individually for over 100 images. Unfortunately there is no bulk editing feature to edit multiple media files at once. You can do this for pages and posts but not media files. This would be another great addition to the media section while you’re adding the above-mentioned comments option guy’s, add extended bulk media file actions (hint)…

Add Updated User Count to Dashboard: It would be nice to have an updated user count when logging in or “hovering” over the User link in the Dashboard.You can quickly notice if you have gained or lost users when you log in to your WordPress Dashboard. 

This gives you the ability to prioritize your time in the Dashboard by knowing right away if you need to do User Management during this session. Lets say I have 132 users when I log out, but the next time I log in, I have 148 Users, now I know that I need to do some User management right away to check the roles for these new users and any management tasks I have set up for my members.

It can be visible already or appear when you hover over the user link as with some of the other Dashboard menu items. Of course its just a bell or whistle, but it sure would be a handy quick reference when I first log in to my Dashboard.

Hopefully I’m not the only user who sees a use for this and it would be relatively simple to add this particular convenience feature to an already elegant and user-friendly interface.

I think it would help quite a few people who run membership sites and it would  look pretty cool if the colors matched the selected profile colors.

Add Settings for Revisions: Oh boy, this one holds a special place in my WordPress heart. Please give us a setting to turn revisions on or off, or at least restrict how many we want to save on an individual post basis. Having every single edit saved is not practical for non-editorial, article or Blog-style sites.

And for some websites who challenge their allotted query limit on their database, this is a factor that can make or break a site. I shaved over 12MB off of my database recently just from unneeded revisions. 

The feature is necessary but not in its present configuration. I’m hopeful that enough threads are on this topic to get the attention of WordPress so they add this much needed feature in the next update. I use a plugin to manage my revisions but if WordPress or Jetpack would add a feature, that would take a big burden off of the end user and add even more power and control to this amazing CMS.

Imagine how this could help a giant corporation using WordPress to manage resources on their VPS or Dedicated Servers that rely on lean running databases.

Chime in folks, let WordPress know your thoughts and ideas. It is an Open-Source Project that can’t continue to grow and dominate without real-time feedback for some its most frequent users…

Allan Whitney

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Allan Whitney

California based Media Professional with over 15 years experience. Static and Dynamic Web Designer, WordPress installations and design, WordPress Theme Modifications, Plugin installation and configuration, Still and Motion Graphics Designer, SWF Designer, Video Camera Operator and Photographer. Current contribution: Reducing the digital divide by educating a Global web community on the most powerful and versatile CMS in the World, WordPress! Providing free learning materials and video instruction to an international web audience eager to learn.

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