What Do WordPress Professionals Want to See In 2014?


Users and developers of WordPress always wait for its improved version. Web design company Tempo Creative, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has asked the question to veteran WordPress developers across the globe: “What Do WordPress Professionals Want to See in 2014?”

Most people know WordPress is one of the most popular blog, website, content management system and blogging platforms in the world. Even if websites already have a content management system, they also usually have WordPress to run their blogs. As a blogging and content management system platform, WordPress has been continuously upgraded since its inception.

Below are the results of our latest roundup from leading WordPress professionals:

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Alison Foxall twitter

Two improvements that would help workflow:

–a page/post jumper on the edit page/post screen (instead of going back to page list to edit another one)

–when adding items to a menu, keep the hierarchy they are in (instead of having to drag them back to the hierarchy they are supposed to be in).”

Based in Tampa, FL, Alison Foxall is a WordPress developer, web designer, and avid photographer.

image 2Mike Little twitter

“I don’t have any specific feature I would like to see added to WordPress. My main wishes are a) that the administration screens become more accessible (something which is, I know, is ongoing), and b) that the general ease of use for new users gets better (also being constantly improved).”

Mike has been connected with WordPress from the very beginning. He is a technical editor for Wiley & Sons, and is also a published author. He continues to write about web technologies (including WordPress) and has also pursued software development, especially open source projects.

image 3Joyce Grace twitter

“I think that Post Formats are awesome for content creators and I hope they make a comeback in 2014. They need to be supported by more theme providers and developers in order for this to happen. Non-technical content creators will be likely be their core user-base, but content creators won’t know much about them or their usefulness unless they are introduced to them by the more technical people in the WordPress sphere. It’s time we got more excited about Post Formats, since they make blogging less intimidating and daunting, and a lot more fun. I think this is why Tumblr has more blogs than WordPress, so WordPress might benefit if it become more conducive to micro-blogging, which is easier, faster, more sharable, and thus encourages more content spreading and posting.”

In a recent blog post, Joyce was empathic about Post formats, and said “Post Formats are a highly useful, yet underutilized feature…we’re not taking advantage of them when they could make our blogging lives so much more fun, engaging and motivating.”

Joyce Grace is a Vancouver-based internet marketer who also creates WordPress websites. She is also a search engine optimization (SEO) professional.

TestPaul Maloney twitter 

The new look WordPress 3.8 has addressed many of the issues various developers had with regards to UI, Widget Management, Theme Previews and of course the admin search function. Over the past few years pretty much everything has changed or improved, the only thing that still feels clunky to me is the whole user system.

It lacks good profile options and proper redirects (without a plugin) it has never felt like a smooth process to me. I suppose my request is slightly more than a feature request, but I would love WordPress to have a really strong user system, great profiles, easy to setup and manage and keep users info and settings all on the frontend of the site.

Paul Maloney is a web designer, front end developer and WordPress developer based in Liverpool, UK.

image 5 Alex Thomas twitter

For me it’s a better way to create custom fields and field types. As a developer, I don’t mind adding the post and fields as part of my theme, but plugins such as ‘Advanced Custom Fields’ <http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/> or ‘Magic Fields’ <http://magicfields.org/>, I’d love to see the stats on how many sites use these plugins. It doesn’t even need to be enabled by default; it could be enabled via a setting for example.

There are quite a few things missing from WordPress default install, but in a way, thats a good thing for us developers ”

Alex Thomas is an experienced WordPress developer with years of experience in website and application development.

image 6Alan Hollis twitter

“I would like the ability to run a staging theme at the same time as live, but by navigating to a /staging.phpurl for example.”

Alan Hollis is a web developer based in Surrey, UK, and specializes in PHP, MySQL, Linux, WordPress, YII and Magento.

image 7Andy Stratton twitter

“I think we’re going to see a rise in mobile/tablet support – including media like video. I also think that we’ll see advances in WYSIWYG content management, like Mark Jaquith’sVelocityPage.”

Andy Stratton is a 29-year-old PHP 5 Certified web junkie living in Maryland. He has over 10 years experience in building websites and specializes in front-end development (XHTML, CSS, and Javascript) and PHP/WordPress development.

image 8Jasper Espejo twitter

“I wish they would make an interface for creating post-types and taxonomies part of the core so that I don’t have to manually code in the function.”

Based in Vigan, in the northern Philippines, Jasper Espejo has over 14 years of experience in web development.

image 9Kenny Williams twitter

I would love to see the paging of the WordPress admin panel be smart enough to return you back to the page of results you were just on, say page 3 of 5, whether it be in the media gallery or on the post or pages, or better yet a button of “save and return” that takes me back to page 3 of 5.

I constantly find myself going back to a particular starting point and having to cycle through pages to get to the right post or media item that I may have just been on.

Most other major CMS do this; Joomla is a good example here.

Kenny Williams is Web Designer & Web Developer based in Noosa Heads, Australia.

image 10Keith Devon twitter

I’d love to see better page management. No more ‘Page order’ integers please!

Keith Devon is a web designer and WordPress developer. He is also the founder of the WordPress London meetup group. He specializes in WordPress theme development.

image 11Carrie Dils twitter

“Here’s a short and sweet feature that would come in handy (sans a plugin): Ability to duplicate a widget (in the event that you want the exact widget in a couple of different widget areas)”

Carrie Dils proudly calls herself a Genesis Developer. She specializes in creating websites using WordPress and the Genesis Framework.

image 12Jonathan Wold twitter

No one particular feature comes to mind. WordPress has a solid foundation and the plugin ecosystem does a great job of filling any feature gaps. What I’d like to see more of in 2014 is continued refinement of the admin interface and further expansion of the core APIs. I’d also really like to see more work on WordPress.org, particularly the plugin directory – finding the right plugins, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, can really be a pain.

Jonathan Wold built his first website at the age of 12. He became a professional webpage developer five years later. He first used WordPress in 2005, and has continued working on it since then.

image 13Andy White twitter

I think Automatic have done a great job with the 3.8 upgrade, it’s flat design is great and including a responsive admin section (finally) makes it worthy of it’s popularity.

Going forward, I think the simplest and most surprising exclusion from WordPress is still numbered page navigation. I presume it’s omission harks back to it’s legacy as a blogging platform, but it amazes me that such a simple feature still requires a plugin – or an addition to your functions file at the least.

In terms of more advanced features, I think it’s time to force strong passwords and update password encoding from MD5 to something more secure in the long term.

Andy White is a website developer, drummer and professional bungee jumper. His core skills are WordPress Development, Shopify Theme Development, Object Orientated PHP (on the Laravel Framework), Javascript, jQuery HTML & CSS (LESS / Sass).

image 14Dasha Luna twitter

I’d like to see two features to be added to WP.

An extremely handy feature would be to have drag-and-drop re-order of data in WP, which includes: post, custom posts, categories, custom taxonomies (that are like WP native categories).

For example, if you have got Jobs custom post type, you can easily re-order them on WP admin. If you then have custom taxonomies to classify those Jobs, for example: Industry and Location category, then you would be able to re-order those taxonomy terms in the order you need. And that’s the order information would appear on your website that everyone sees.

On a bigger scale, it would be great to have custom taxonomies/categories for Users. So that you can categories Users, not only by their role (what they can and can’t do), but also classify them by custom taxonomies, for example: Office location, Team and so on. A lot of work has to be done to make it work at the moment (tutorial). It would be good to see some WP native support for this.

Dasha Luna is WordPress website developer. She is originally from Russia & now settled in Brighton, England.

image 14Chaitanya Popali twitter

WordPress is one of the best CMS nowadays. However, I would like to see a few features to be included in 2014:
Security is a big issue for WordPress. Lot of plugins are vulnerable and this causes injections to happen on website. WordPress should add security codes where if user tries to add a plugin which is vulnerable, then user should get a notification from System.

Ability for the user to add their own photo from the Admin panel, not just to link to a photo from Gravatar. Lots of users want to show different photos on their profile.

WordPress should have the ability to create custom widget for different posts and pages.

Chaitanya is the in-house Web-Wordpress developer for TempoCreative, Phoenix.

We asked the same question on a popular WordPress community on LinkedIn which hosts more than 37,000 WordPress users.

Some of top responders from LinkedIn are: 

image 14Steven Stern twitter

Custom Post Types in core &”content types” is built into Drupal core. There’s a model and it’s really doable. Once they have that done, then bringing Drupal’s Views module functionality into WordPress would be a great thing for 2015/6.  Something like Advanced Custom Fields and maybe — just maybe — a button to generate a single-<cptslug>.php file or some sort of reasonable default single content template.

Steven Stern is the ownerof SternData Solutions and is Building Websites. He expertise in open-source environments, with a wide variety of software and systems, including web portals, services and feeds, social networks, blogging platforms, and desktop systems.

image 14Nikola Nikolov twitter

I would love to see some sort of multilingual support in core or at least a way to make plugging that easy, but I feel like that won’t be getting into core either.

Nikola Nikolov is working as a Lead Developer at Paiyak Development.

image 14Jonathan Gwyer twitter

An upgrade to TinyMCE 4 so that lists work properly in Chrome.

As per Nikola, he feels this feature will be available in WordPress 3.9

Jonathan have over 15 years experience of providing tailored business IT solutions to one of the countries largest and most successful Pharmaceutical Sales Force.

image 14Philippe Gadeyne twitter

“How about installing themes as child themes as a default since it’s the way it should be.”

“A more powerful editor allowing typography changes and the ability to change fonts through the themes without coding or plug ins.”

Philippe Gadeyne is expert in Social media “From strategy to implementation” and LinkedIn expert with a broad background in business development and management (sales, marketing, customer service) in domestic and international markets.

image 14Charlie Sasser twitter

Text widget in core with WYSIWYG editor in core.

Version control and roll back on all CSS and php files exposed in dashboard.

Sidebar/widgets related to page or post. Like Joomla. I think Widget Logic may do something like this. I’ll stop now. Fairly new to WordPress and wish I had the power of Joomla and the ease of use of WordPress. I’m sticking with WordPress. I saw the handwriting on the wall.

Charlie Sasser has Over 25 years of direct experience building trust and lasting relationships with customers by identifing their needs and finding valuable solutions to their important problems. Currently Charlie Sasser is working as Sales solutions consultant as well as marketing champion, copywriter, technical writer, email marketer and webmaster R.E. Mason Company.

image 14Denis Bosire twitter

I am a theme developer and would love to be able to pull out oEmbed tags the same way I can with featured images, so that I can display them the way I want. This feature was there in wp 3.6 beta but they removed it in the final release. (This is something Chaitanaya also want to see)

Denis Bosire is the founder at Fortis IT. He is aspiring Entrepreneur focusing on enterprise software, Director at Fortis IT kenya. He has also worked as a web developer in several agencies in UK and Kenya..

image 14Soo Smart twitter

The ability to UNDO something! For this reason I don’t touch CSS and PHp files in the dashboard, but edit them locally and upload. But being able to undo something in the page editor after you’ve updated the page would be good.

The ability to replace an image – without having to go through the rigmarole of removing the old and reinserting the new.

As per Nikola Nikolov Replacing image files is coming in 3.9 – at least they’re working on it at the moment and I feel like it will make it into core.

Soo Smart is the Creative Director at Double S Design, a web design company based in Ipswich, UK.

image 14Jack Armstrong twitter

Jack Armstrong suggests to all WordPress developers (Beginners, Intermediate or Experts) to participate in this year’s Google Summer of Code program, which offers post-secondary student developers ages 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects.

Jack Armstrong has 40+ years in computer science — programmer, research engineer, entrepreneur, consultant, college professor, enterprise network architect, now a semi-retired web site developer/skier. He is the owner at High Sierra Design.

Even long time users are looking forward to the next release of WordPress. The features that these professionals would want to have are based on their work experience. Whether these improvements are implemented or not, WordPress remains as a solid content management system and blogging platform.

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By: Charmon Stiles, Tempo Creative

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