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Business | kaspars.net | Sep. 12, 2017

WordPress.com Usability Issues

Kaspars Dambis has some legit issues he's raising regarding how confusing the user experience is with WordPress.com.

WordPress.com Usability Issues

Business | kaspars.net | Sep. 12, 2017

Every few month I need to use WordPress.com to create or update a site for a friend. And every time I get frustrated with how confusing and convoluted the user interface is. “Reader” is the default homepage
WordPress.com is about publishing so why do I get to see the empty “Reader” as my homepage? Getting to the actual site dashboard requires an additional click or even more if the site is not your default site.
Adding a new site is impossible
For logged-in users the only link to adding a new site is grayed out and hidden in the bottom left corner of the “Switch Site” section. I tried everything from visiting the homepage, my profile page to manually entering random URLs such as wordpress.com/new before I found that link.
Custom domain email settings don’t include MX records
The “Email” tab of the domain settings includes only an upsell for the Google Apps. Adding the MX records for an existing account is only possible under the individual domain “DNS Records” which is another three clicks away. Why not link to that section from the “Email” tab, too?
Overwhelming upsells
I already pay for a custom domain and

1 min read Mickey Kay
Plugins | kaspars.net | Jul. 12, 2014

Widget Context 1.0 Now Available (WordPress) — Kaspars Dambis

The popular Widget Context plugin just got a major overhaul and version 1.0 is available for download.

Widget Context 1.0 Now Available (WordPress) — Kaspars Dambis

Plugins | kaspars.net | Jul. 12, 2014

I have finally managed to publish the grand rewrite of the Widget Context plugin as version 1.0 to the official plugin repository. The new modular architecture allows other developers to create plugins that add new context modules for custom widget visibility rules. It also includes a new settings page that allows disabling context modules that you don’t use. For an example of how to create a context module please have a look at the default context modules that are included with the plugin.