A Better “Page on Front” Experience: Previous Ideas

A problem that’s plagued WordPress for years is the confusion and ambiguity around setting your “front page.” The addition of making new pages in #38164 was a big jump forward, but there’s still work we can do to make this a better experience for people setting up their sites.

Here’s what it looks like now:

CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.


Let’s try to tackle this issue again in 4.9 and see if we can at least make some incremental improvements.

To start us off, let’s use this post to take a look at some of the ideas proposed in the original ticket and chat them:

Concept by @mmuro [Source]

Concept by @lessbloat [Source]

Concept by @lessbloat [Source]

Concept by @chexee [Source]

Concept from @SergeyBiryukov and @lessbloat [Source]

Concept by @lessbloat [Source]

Concept by @drewapicture [Source]

Concept by @lessbloat [Source]

Concept by @ThemeZee [Source]

Concept by @folletto [Source]

Concept by @folletto [Source]

Concept by @folletto [Source]

(Explanation for those three concepts)

Concept by @westonruter [Source]

Concept by me [Source]

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Any great ideas stand out within these previous iterations and conversations? Any gut reactions?