Function reforms form, perpetually. As John Borthwick put beautifully today, “A tablet is an incredible device that you can put in front of babies or 95-year-olds and they know how to use it.” How we democratize publishing on that sort of platform will not and should not work like WordPress’ current dashboard does. It’s not a matter of a responsive stylesheet or incremental UX improvements, it’s re-imagining and radically simplifying what we currently do, thinking outside the box of wp-admin.
That’s Matt Mullenweg, WordPress creator.
WordPress could really learn a lot from both Tumblr and Squarespace. The mobile (read: iPad) experience for WordPress is painful at best. I dislike posting to WordPress on my iPad so much, I actually set up a tumblr blog as a halfway house for my posts – each post is sent to Tumblr, then auto-posted here by ifttt. Squarespace is another thing altogether, setting up new posts, updating and editing a site using their iPad app is a dream. I’m well aware that the commercial interests of squarespace and the community agenda of WordPress are quite different, but from from a purely user experience quality point of view, WordPress is quite rapidly falling behind.
It seems like Matt and the rest of the team at WordPress.org understand this, and recognize that the shift isn’t going to be easy, but I can’t – as yet – tell how well this will translate into the next versions of WP, and more importantly whether or not this will make any impact on the future use and adoption of WP as a platform.