WordPress Wishlist: What WordPress Really Needs

WordPress is a great blogging package, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. There are several things that I want added/fixed, but who knows when (if ever) they will be addressed.

Instead of complaining randomly, I’ve assembled a prioritized “Top 6″ list of things that need adding/fixing. The top two on the list are important, and pretty much everyone wants to see the points addressed. The WP developers really need to get to work on them.

If you have anything to add, mention it in the comments. What bugs you about WordPress? What killer feature (that can’t be done well as a plugin) does WordPress need?

Without further delay, rambling, or anything like that, here is the list:

  1. Faster! Faster! Faster! Tweak the performance, add caching, do whatever it takes to get us beyond the “6 pages per second” limit. Everyone says “just use the WP-Cache plugin,” but there are some serious bugs…and there hasn’t been any new development since 2005!
  2. I want a new WYSIWYG editor! TinyMCE is just horrible. If I paste YouTube embed code into the “Code” tab, I expect it to stay there. Does it? No. If I add a DIV and float it to the right, then it had better stay that way. Does it? No, TinyMCE replaces the DIV with a P. What the heck?
  3. Tag suggest. This could be done as a plugin, but I’ve yet to see a suitable one so far. So plugin developers, if you’re reading this, make a tag suggestion plugin. I want suggestions based on post content, and search-as-you-type suggestions like Google Suggest.
  4. Built-in tag management. There are plugins, but it should really be part of the core feature set.
  5. A revamped Admin. Movable Type’s admin panel loooks pretty slick now. Meanwhile, WordPress’s admin is…blue. The WordPress Admin’s code isn’t very efficient, and the design stinks as well. I’d use the Tiger theme, but the vertical navigation makes the post editor too narrow on my 1024×768 screen.
  6. I’d like to have the ability to customize my blog’s RSS feeds, so we need an RSS template.
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