Annoying WordPress Issues
WordPress is meant to be simple. Plugins and other features make WordPress relatively easy to use. Unfortunately, there are some WordPress hangups that surface time and again. Want the good news? These problems come with some easy fixes.
Here are three of the most common WordPress problems – and how to fix them.
Three Really Annoying WordPress Issues – And Quick Fixes
1. WYSIWYG Editing: have you ever had to switch from ‘visual' to ‘text' while attempting to create a post? If you have, you understand the anxiety that goes along with this attempt.
The quick fix: take a look at an alternative editor plugin like TinyMCE or CKEditor. These editor plugins include some of the full features that WordPress basic lacks. Plus, no anxiety!
2. Scary Warnings : WARNING! Another User Is Editing This Document! WordPress flashes these red-lettered warnings at editors and site admins regularly. These warnings are scary and really annoying – plus, most of the time, the person that's also editing a document is, well, you.
For some reason, WordPress doesn't differentiate between another person editing a document and your editing that same document. The site doesn't want you to make a mistake and edit something someone is working on, but most of the time this isn't an issue anyway.
The quick fix: you will have to deal with those warnings for now, but the real solution is to find out whether or not someone is truly done editing a post. Chances are, there's no real harm in going over something that's been posted.
3. User Permission Problems : So, when it comes to WordPress, there are five possible user options: editor, administrator, author, contributor, and super administrator (wow, that one sounds super important!). If you don't have editing permission, you can't respond to moderate any comments – and the same restrictions are more or less true for all user types. So frustrating!
The quick fix: it would be best if WordPress would let blog admins customize each user role (this way, one writer could actually respond to feedback on her own work). Since that's not going to happen anytime soon, it might be best to give all authors editing permission, but just make your own editing rules clear.
There are lots of other WordPress frustrations to consider too. Do you have any of your own? Can you think of something that WordPress should do to make life easier for all WordPress users? I'd love to hear your comments!