Shiny Updates Review

Dear Flow PatrolFlow patrol Flow patrol is the regular exercise and monitoring of important flows. Issues found while on flow patrol are kibbled and ticketed. Continuous flow patrol encourages use of our own software and increases awareness of what our users are experiencing day to day. Flow patrol duties are outlined in the flow handbook.,

We’ve already posted a few user tests and a visual records for Shiny Updates here but in order for Shiny Updates to be in the best shape it can be before getting merged to coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., it would help us tremendously if you could look over the latest version and review the various interactions and flows.

If you do encounter issues during your review, it would be great if you could file those on GitHub for us to discuss and fix them.

Our next chat will be on Tuesday, May 17 at 19:00 UTC[/time’] in #feature-shinyupdates, in case you have questions or want to discuss any aspect of Shiny Updates. We’re also around to answer questions outside of that of course, please feel free to let us know.

Thank you!

#feature-plugin, #needs-testings, #review, #shiny-updates

Shiny Updates User Testing – Plugins

This is another Shiny Updates user test focused on the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party flowFlow Flow is the path of screens and interactions taken to accomplish a task. It’s an experience vector. Flow is also a feeling. It’s being unselfconscious and in the zone. Flow is what happens when difficulties are removed and you are freed to pursue an activity without forming intentions. You just do it.

Flow is the actual user experience, in many ways. If you like, you can think of flow as a really comprehensive set of user stories. When you think about user flow, you’re thinking about exactly how a user will perform the tasks allowed by your product.Flow and Context
of Installing, Activating, Updating, and Deleting. I tried to be more specific with the questions so that we could push the user in the direction we needed them to go without allowing them to ‘discover’ their own way through. While I understand this request, I’m not entirely sure this is the best course of action. Even with specific instructions, the user still had trouble.




2.22 – The user completely missed the ‘Activation’ task. My assumption is she considered ‘activation’ as part of the ‘installation’ process, or the fact that the plugin card doesn’t offer a way to ‘activate’ the plugin after install alludes to it not being a manual task. Or she just completely missed it.

3:05 – Rather than going to her list of installed plugins, she remains in the Plugin Dir and performs the update process from there by searching for the specific plugin I mentioned in the task. This caused a bit of confusion.

4:29 – It bothered her that the Updated icon and the Install Now icon were the same. I wonder if the Install Now icon should be something like a ‘download’ icon to help differentiate?

5:46 – When deleting a plugin with Shiny Updates installed, the deletion process still took her to the Bleak Screen of Sadness.

6:51 – After performing a bulk update on two plugins, an error appeared and no updates happened. She didn’t notice the Error Message at the top, nor did she initially notice the inline messages in the plugin rows themselves.

8:27 – The inline message in the plugin row after Updating the plugin still reads “Updating…” even though it’s done and should just read “Updated”.

9:18 – The green left border on the Updating message looked like the update only got so far. Because the message still reads “Updating…” she thinks that the dark green border is supposed to fill in as the updating process occurs.



I’m going to refine the tasks a bit more and work with @obenland to make sure the errors are resolved before creating more tests.

#shiny-updates, #upgrade-install

Deleting a site with iOS app 6.1, iPhone 6+

With the April 4th TestFlight build.

#app, #ios, #phablet

Editor: Survey of the link toolbar and dialog on an iPhone 6+

4.5-RC1-37079-src with 36359.1.patch applied.


#33301, #36359, #editor, #inline-link-toolbar, #inline-toolbar, #ios, #phablet

Editor, Media: Inline image toolbar obscured by selection, copy edit toolbar, iOS

Taping an image to bring up the inline toolbar results in a selection box around the image and the cut-copy-paste toolbar popping up. Depending on where you tap, the image toolbar can be unusably obscured. Tapping through to the buttons doesn’t always work. Editing posts that contain images is very frustrating on iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. devices. I often accidentally insert individual images into posts instead of galleries thanks to the media modal defaulting to individual insertion. Removing twenty images from content while dealing with the inline image bar is joyless.

Contrast with Android, which is well behaved.


#android, #editor, #images, #inline-image-toolbar, #inline-toolbar, #ios, #media, #phablet, #phone

Customizer, Preview: Visual survey of customizer device preview

Screenshots from my testing sessions for #31195 and #35875.

Macnchrome, sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. expanded

Macnchrome, sidebar collapsed

Macnfirefox, sidebar expanded

Macnfirefox, sidebar collapsed


Tablets and phones don’t have device preview.

iPad Air

iPhone 6+

iPhone 5

Nexus 5

#31195, #35875, #android, #chrome, #customize, #customizer, #desktop, #ios, #macos, #phablet, #phone, #preview, #safari, #visual-survey

iOS app site deletion, iPhone 6+

Testing site deletion with build on an iPhone 6+.

Some screenshots:

Here is the site after deletion:



  • On the delete confirmation screen, I didn’t read any of the text on my first time through. I saw a text input in a delete confirmation and assumed my password was needed. I pasted my password and noticed that it was shown in the clear. Hmm. I noticed also that the delete site button was still disabled.  Hmmm. Finally, I read the text and saw that I was being ask to perform a different kind of AYS gymnastic, typing in the site name.
  • Otherwise, the process was straightforward and worked.
  • Not pictured in the screencast: To test this I created a new site. If you are scrolled down the site list when adding a new site, you won’t see any acknowledgment that the new site was created successfully. You must scroll up to see the new site at the top of the list.


#app, #ios, #phablet, #safari, #sites