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WordPress.coms New Dashboard

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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.

  • 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).
  • 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?

  • It’s a ton faster.
  • The layout is better overall, and shows you more stuff.
  • 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.

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