I think most of us like to bitch and complain about WordPress sometimes, because hey, why not? There seems to be a regular lineup of things to complain about. So for this week’s blogging chat, I’m curious what’s the one thing you would most like to change about WordPress if you could. I’ve probably asked this before and have just forgotten, but that’s okay.
My top pick would be dealing with the glitchiness of the WordPress Reader. Granted, that’s more than one thing, but the most prominent Reader glitch changes over time. Lately, it’s been people’s posts not showing up in my feed. Before that, it was randomly unfollowing blogs. I do the vast majority of my blog reading in the Reader, and while I quite like the Reader when it works, it gets pretty annoying when it doesn’t. When glitches are apparent, I can deal with that, but when they aren’t (like posts not showing up), that’s much more obnoxious.
I’m actually quite satisfied with how WP works when it’s actually working. There are some minor things I think they could do better, but for the most part, it’s the bugginess that annoys me rather than the basic functionality.
Renard recently pointed out that WP seems to have signed some kind of deal with Outbrain, which is an advertising platform. You may have noticed recently that blogs on the free plan now have that ugly block of 9 trashy-looking sponsored articles at the end of each post—that’s from Outbrain. It doesn’t affect me personally, but damn, those ads are ugly, and having that kind of garbage cheapens the whole platform.
Now it’s over to you. What would you most like to see WP change?