WordPress.com’s new dashboard reveals me as a Luddite

Oh, how I hate change!

For those who don’t use WordPress.com, the Dashboard is where you go everytime you visit your administration page. I visit it dozens of times daily to see if I have new comments. New referers.

I just logged in and EVERYTHING has changed.

Yikes.

I’ve gotta be honest, there were two things on that page I used A LOT.

1) The link that showed who linked to me. Now it’s a lot harder to see that (it used to be at the top of the page).
2) Who commented on my blog. (There was a link there to the page where I could just read all my comments in one long page — that rocked, this one doesn’t because I have to click on each comment separately to read them).

Yeah, I know where to look to find both of these things, but this new dashboard took away functionality that I was used to.

OK, now that I’ve looked at it for a few minutes. There are some really great things. What are they?

1) It’s a ton faster.
2) The layout is better overall, and shows you more stuff.
3) It shows me what has happened along a timeline (and it separates out pinbacks, posts, and comments, which rocks).

So, overall, this new dashboard reveals me as a Luddite. I want to go back to the old one overall. I found it served me better as a blogger. Show me who is commenting, let me click over to a list of ALL comments where I can delete spam, etc. and show me who linked to me on their own blogs. I really miss the link to Google Blogsearch on the Dashboard.

Those are the #1 and #2 tasks for a blogger. Put them at the top. Put all the fun other stuff below that.

Oh, and Matt, you have two typos in your first post about the new Dashboard. :-)

UPDATE: Matt already posted that he’s bringing back the incoming links feature. Damn, that was fast.

Comments

  1. We’ll be bringing back incoming links with the timeline, so you can see better when people linked to you. (At least as well as Technorati or Google can figure that out.)

    The comments link is back, and I made a little change to the top-bar so it shows different links based on what you’ve done. For example, if you’ve filled out your profile a bit it doesn’t ask you to update your profile, and if you’ve changed your theme from the default it doesn’t give you a link to change your theme. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. We’ll be bringing back incoming links with the timeline, so you can see better when people linked to you. (At least as well as Technorati or Google can figure that out.)

    The comments link is back, and I made a little change to the top-bar so it shows different links based on what you’ve done. For example, if you’ve filled out your profile a bit it doesn’t ask you to update your profile, and if you’ve changed your theme from the default it doesn’t give you a link to change your theme. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. I’m still out with the jury on whether I like this new layout better or not. I like the look and feel of this one better, but I do miss having the various elements organized into separate groups rather than all in one lumpy list. I already had a sense of the timeline of my site and the comments.

    I do really, really like the way the top posts/fastest growing posts/etc. are organized now, though — those clunky boxes weren’t particularly user-friendly.

    All critiques aside, though, I still love WordPress!

    Genie
    The Inadvertent Gardener

  4. I’m still out with the jury on whether I like this new layout better or not. I like the look and feel of this one better, but I do miss having the various elements organized into separate groups rather than all in one lumpy list. I already had a sense of the timeline of my site and the comments.

    I do really, really like the way the top posts/fastest growing posts/etc. are organized now, though — those clunky boxes weren’t particularly user-friendly.

    All critiques aside, though, I still love WordPress!

    Genie
    The Inadvertent Gardener

  5. […] The problem with such a popular tool is that a lot of users have got too used to the older layout and there will be resistance. Scoble does not like it a lot. I like it! With Akismet working hard I don’t have to deal with spam a lot, so more comments are useful. Of course bloggers like Scoble might have a different story with spam because of the huge amount of traffic. But overall, I prefer this to the older one. Just that there is a slight feeling of nostalgia ;-) […]