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Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 3 weeks ago

#15101 new defect (bug)

Update Message Reduces User Orientation reg. WordPress Version

Reported by: hakre Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.5
Component: Upgrade/Install Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:

Description

This is a usability issue many customers are telling me: When there is a WordPress update message, the current version is not prominent any longer.

Normally the current version is displayed in the admin's footer. If there is a (very promintent "on top") update message, this version information get's hidden in footer as well.

The only place where a user can find the current version is in some dashboard widget. That location is hard to find. And that location is hard to describe on the phone, e.g. in support.

I suggest to restore the current version display in the footer, because a footer is very easy to find and to describe by phone.

Additionally the update message on top should display the current version number as well. Something Like There is a new version available, you're currently running (should be 65%-70% of the width in english text of a 1024 width screen (970 or so viewport size) to allow this to be translated w/o consuming too much of the screen real estate).

Attachments (4)

15101.diff (1.7 KB) - added by dd32 23 months ago.
15101.2.diff (562 bytes) - added by circlecube 12 months ago.
Adding current WP version to update string.
31046.diff (1.3 KB) - added by dd32 3 weeks ago.
version-421-update-to-422.png (11.8 KB) - added by dd32 3 weeks ago.

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Change History (15)

comment:1 @hakre5 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Upgrade/Install
  • Version set to 3.1

comment:2 @scribu5 years ago

I agree with showing the current verision in the footer.

comment:3 @scribu5 years ago

*version

comment:4 @dd324 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

It does seem a little weird, and is probably something that should be implemented whilst reworking some of the strings and UX of the upgrade pages.

@dd3223 months ago

comment:5 @dd3223 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

This still seems like something we should do.

Attached a rough patch, any thoughts on the exact strings? I tried to keep HTML out of it, but it's pretty ugly..

comment:6 @SergeyBiryukov23 months ago

  • Version changed from 3.1 to 2.5

Introduced in [7237].

@circlecube12 months ago

Adding current WP version to update string.

comment:7 @circlecube12 months ago

I'd agree. I am missing this feature every single time I update any install. I need to know how big the update is before I hit the button.

How about mirroring the language used for the plugins: You have x.x.x. installed. Short and sweet, see 15101.2.diff

comment:8 @SergeyBiryukov12 months ago

I think the long-term plan is to de-emphasize version numbers in favor of background updates:
https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress-news/matt-updates/

comment:9 @MadtownLems2 months ago

The long-term plan to de-emphasize version numbers in favor of background updates is well and good, but that doesn't mean there isn't a very valid desire from many of us to have easy access to this information in the footer. That being said, I do completely understand the intent behind NOT showing them.

What if you only show the current version number if Automatic Upgrades are disabled? I think this shows the information to people who need it most, and hides it from those who it doesn't matter as much for.

comment:10 @circlecube2 months ago

I agree. I think it's worth pointing out that we have two users to consider here. The power users who are primarily the ones updating sites, and the masses who rarely run their update, the actual crowd who these background updates are for (I dare say). We can either ignore the power users who want to know this in favor of the masses who likely don't know or even care what version they are running. Or we can display a statistic which will be helpful to the power users who are seeing this update page more often than others and display information that is just as easily ignored to the masses.

Running an update is something that will likely not be happening on a site with automatic background updates anyways, so that's almost a moot point. If the background update runs, then the whole point is that the user doesn't have to go to the update screen... so they wouldn't see it anyways. But those who do see the screen during an update will find it helpful, rather than having to jump back to the dashboard page which still (rather prominently) displays the current version number (I'd say in a place where it's of much less use than the page where you can essentially change the version you're running.

comment:11 @dd323 weeks ago

#31046 was marked as a duplicate.

@dd323 weeks ago

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