Disgruntlement With The WordPress App

The other day I posted about getting an award from WordPress. 10 likes. This blog is over 13 years old, I was a little, I don’t know the right word, offended I guess, to get an award for 10 measley likes after 13 years of almost daily posting. Kind of like the professor putting a smiley face as a grade for your college thesis. And like I already said, my blog doesn’t even have a “Like” button.

Even though this blog is a standalone site, I use a WordPress template, and the WordPress app, to upload posts.

The app has a built-in reader, which lets us view the posts of other bloggers. But it doesn’t let us view them properly.

I’ve noticed that when I’m looking at blogs on the app, the view isn’t the same as the actual web page. I haven’t quite figured out all the details yet, but, on the app, the comments and the comment section is missing. This means I cannot leave a comment on another blog whilst using the app and therefore others cannot leave comments on mine. With the WordPress app a person is actually never even visiting the webpage they are looking at. If the site has a hitcounter, it won’t count a hit. “Likes” are simply notifications generated within the app that stay in the app.

One must open the blog in his or her browser and then all the missing parts of the blog they are trying to see appear. With the WordPress app, you are seeing a WordPress manipulation of the site.

Why does WordPress even have a “like” button, are they copying Facebook?!?

If you “like” a comment or post, you click one simple click. The other person gets two notifications, an email and a WordPress App notifiction. They have to open their email program, delete the email, open the WordPress app, and clear the notification. That’s a spamlike amount of work somebody has to do every time for your one simple click.

I know, I know, I click to too occasionly, it’s an acknowledgement that the item has been seen. But really it’s worthless, look at a page and see the “Liked By” part, rows of teeny tiny avatars so small you can’t even see them.

In the upper right corner of the WordPress app page, is a “visit website” button (and a “share” button). I urge everyone to use this, and see the actual site they are trying to see, and leave comments on the actual webpage.

I think everybody loves comments. I know I do!

Maybe WordPress will address this issue in a future update. Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks there is a problem here.

I miss the good ‘ol days of Google Reader, that was the best!

Have a great day!

2 thoughts on “Disgruntlement With The WordPress App

  1. …my blog is mine, to share the stuff that I like. If others like it, all the better, if not so be it.

  2. I always thought it would be useful for Blogger to have a like button, but maybe not if it generates emails. I think all you need from a like button on a blog is the raw number, and maybe who clicked the like.

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