I’m excited to announce a new community initiative for the 4.2 release cycle: the formation of a new user experience, or NUX, working group.
More than 15 members of the wider WordPress community have already been invited to participate in the working group, though everyone is welcome to attend meetings and are encouraged to join in on discussions.
The group will be tasked with helping to identify common pain points new users might experience using WordPress. The hope is to (re)invigorate the conversation about making NUX a priority in core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. decision-making. We’ll work together to identify problems and recommend solutions.
The primary focus of the group — at least for the duration of the 4.2 release cycle — will be to brainstorm actionable goals, and make recommendations for incrementally improving new user experiences throughout the WordPress admin (and super admin). These changes would likely include improvements to contextual help on various screens, improvements to the content of the Welcome Panel, as well as adjustments to many other established workflows in core interfaces including the installation process.
Large or small, recommendations that come from the working group will receive direct feedback from core team members, and give many new contributors an opportunity to participate in making WordPress better for everybody.
The 20 community members initially invited to participate were selected based on their demonstrated experience in training or working with new users, and/or tailoring UX User experience experiences. They include: Amy Hendrix, Andrea Rennick, Beth Soderberg, Bob Dunn, Brian Krogsgard, Carrie Dils, Corey Ellis, Courtney Dawn, George Stephanis, Jan Dembowski, Jennifer Bourn, Julie Kuehl, Mika Epstein, Mike Hansen, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Natalie MacLees, Ryan Boren, Suzette Franck, Syed Balkhi, Tracy Levesque, and myself.
The first meeting for the working group will be held Tuesday February 10 2015 19:00 UTC in the #core-flow channel on Slack.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend or participate. Maybe we’ll see you there!
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