What makes a great editor?

The editor will be a big focus in 2017, so let’s chat about what makes a great editor. Perhaps it’s good to look at what’s there, and compare that with the goals we mean to achieve:

The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Here’s what the editor looks like today, with everything enabled:

editor screenshot

Obviously not all of that is ever shown to users, but a lot of it is. Even then, it’s not immediately obvious just how many things you can actually embed right out of the box in WordPress, which is what mystery meat embed discovery refers to.

And so when looking at how to improve the editor to both improve but also surface the wealth of features already there, we’ll need to add new UI. To balance that out in an already busy configuration, we need to find a way to also reduce and revisit existing UI, so we don’t end up with something overwhelmingly complex. That could mean combining where we can, minimizing where we can, deprioritizing in places, and freeing up space as much space as we can.

There are many ways to get there. Since WordPress accomodates a lot of workflows, it’ll be a fun challenge to improve things for as many as we can, so we’ll need to discuss and research.

To kick things off, let’s discuss editor improvements! What’s on your wishlist for an improved editor?

Feel free to share here, and please also join us in #core-editor. We’re holding weekly meetings in Slack, Wednesdays at 19:00 CET. The next one is today, Wednesday January 11th 19:00 CET. Join in the fun!