Improved Features: Menus, Post Locking and Revisions, and Autosave
We’ve just made updates that improve your experience on WordPress.com. You can click on a link in this list to jump to a section in this post:
- Organize your content with improved Menus.
- Avoid accidental content changes on multi-author blogs with Post Locking.
- See your changes easily with the improved Post Revisions feature.
- Protect your content with a revamped Autosave feature.
You may notice some of these changes as you poke around in your dashboard, but if you want to get acquainted with them right away, read on.
Improvements to our Menus feature allow you to further customize your blog with menus — and manage where they go on your site. Want to insert a menu at the top of your blog as well as in the footer? Now you can. Currently, 15 WordPress.com themes support multiple custom menus, including Comet, Nuntius, Academica, Imbalance2, Blaskan, Yoko, Oxygen, Able, Vostok, Mixfolio, Beach, Enterprise, Shaan, Sight, and Simpla.
To get started, go to Appearance >> Menus in your dashboard. There, select from among pages, links, and categories to create your new custom menu. To give you an idea of how it works, let’s add a few custom menus to a blog using the Oxygen theme.
First, let’s set up a Primary Navigation menu made up of our About and My Travel pages, which will appear at the top of our site:
Next, let’s create a second Footer Menu for the bottom of the site, which will include custom links to our Twitter profile, our WordPress.com photoblog, and our Facebook page:
Under Manage Locations, we’ll select the locations for each menu. Our Primary Navigation will display at the top of the site, and our Footer Menu of custom links will be set to Tertiary, and will appear in the footer:
Here’s our new Primary Navigation menu (along with a blogroll) as it appears on our site using Oxygen:
Here’s the nifty tertiary menu in the footer of the site:
Next week, we’ll dive deeper into the world of custom menus, so stay tuned.
Do you contribute to a group blog and work in a multi-author environment? The Post Locking feature lets you see who is editing a post. You can choose whether or not to preview the post, or take it over to edit it.
Below, I’ll show you examples of the messages you’ll see if another contributor on your blog — let’s say it’s me! — is editing a post.
If you go into Posts >> All Posts in your dashboard, you’ll see a note that says I’m currently editing a post, with a shot of my gravatar:
If you hover over the post title and click on Edit, you have three options to choose from: Go back, Preview, and Take over. For example, if you’re on a tight deadline and need to edit the post quickly, click on the blue Take over button:
Once you click the blue Take over button, I’ll see a boxed message alerting me that you’ve taken over and are now editing the post.
This Post Locking feature clearly shows the status of a post, which streamlines the editorial workflow and helps make it easier for a team of bloggers to manage and publish new content.
You can view content changes clearly with the updated Post Revisions feature. You can see more information about who has previously edited or contributed to a post, and when the last changes were made:
Clicking on the link next to an avatar shows the changes that person made to the post:
The new look includes a slider that lets you move forward or backward through revisions, and displays additions in green and deletions in red. To revert to a particular version of a post, select the revision you’d like to keep and click on the blue Restore This Revision button.
Imagine this: you’ve been working on an involved and detailed essay about George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to you, your internet’s gone down and all your work describing Martin’s fantasy world of scheming families has been lost. The improved Autosave feature takes advantage of your web browser’s storage to ensure that you never lose your work again. Phew!