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Is this what WordPress 4 will look like?

WordPressOver the last year, there have been tantalizing hints of a new direction for WordPress.

In this interview from May, Matt Mullenweg says that he "had been hard at work coming up with a new interface that will eradicate some of the complexity that WordPress is usually associated with."

He went on to say, "one of the things I’ve been working on for the past few months is a radical simplification of the interface."

Matt himself summed up his thoughts in this blog post: "There are hints of this [increased simplicity] already happening in our iPhone and Android apps, but even though I’m thinking about this all the time I don’t have all the answers yet."

In the comments he reassures people that they won't lose access to existing WordPress features, but we should "think of these as alternative ways to use WordPress."

So can we get glimpses of the new WordPress?

Yes, I believe so.

The version has a huge userbase and changing direction can only be done slowly.

However, the version of WordPress has no such limitations. The team can move as quickly as they want and in whatever direction they think their users want.

So what do their users want? In a word: Tumblr. They want a radical simplification of the interface. How do I know that? Because that's what the team is giving them.

Let's take a look at how now compares to Tumblr:

Choosing what type of post to write

Here are the choices from


And here are the choices from Tumblr:


The writing screen

Here's the writing screen from


And here's the writing screen from Tumblr:


The photo upload screen

Here's the photo upload screen from


And here's the photo upload screen from Tumblr:


The slogans

WordPress allows people to, "Share with the world, your community, or your closest friends."


Whereas Tumblr is "the best place to find and share the coolest stuff in the world."


What's the difference between the WordPress and Tumblr slogans? Tumble promises to help you find content.

Well, here's what promises for 2013 ...


So how do you find new content?

Either by browsing three columns of large photos with tags on WordPress:


Or by browsing three columns of large photos with tags on Tumblr:


What about the "old" WordPress dashboard?

So has now become Tumblr? No, not entirely.
The normal dashboard is still available, it's just been tucked away, behind all the Tumblr-style interfaces.
You might even say that is now showing an alternative way to use WordPress.

Could these changes come to

I think it's pretty clear that showchases the direction that Matt and the Automattic team would like to take WordPress in. Simplification is the future for the blogging market.
The question is whether it would ever be possible to introduce such changes to the version? Yes, it could be done by adding a simpler interface and allowing people to easily click through the current interface.
Perhaps we're looking at WordPress 4, due in 2014?

About the author
Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. He was a teacher for many years before starting OSTraining. Steve wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books.

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