Sometimes it’s the smallest things that end up being the most useful – that have the greatest impact.
Since a lot of people are reconsidering WordPress in many different ways, both functionally and stylistically, I’ve been keeping tabs on small scripts and apps that seem to doing things right, even if it’s the smallest piece of code.
For example, this counting script is simple and the use is obvious:
With Countable.js it just counts paragraphs, words, characters, and character with spaces. Simple and elegant.
Is is absolutely necessary in the WordPress admin? Maybe not. But what it does for me is to keep my mind open about the possibilities.
Or how about Hopscotch?
This is a simple framework that allows developers to add product tours to their pages.
Could something like this be added to WordPress to help newer users? Check out the demo to see this in action.
Or what about popline?
What is popline?
Popline is a HTML5 Rich-Text-Editor toolbar. Popline is inspired from popclip. Compared to traditional RTE, popline will float around the selected text.
Could this be a better and more intuitive way to manage/edit your text? Is it more elegant and more streamlined? Annoying? Again, just keeping my mind open to the possibilities!
So just these few examples of scripts that I find here and there remind me that WordPress still has so much opportunity for innovation, for newer thinking and even better implementation and design.
Has WordPress “jumped the shark” allowing newer-ish players take the mantle? I’m not so sure.