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Opened 3 years ago

Closed 23 months ago

#24071 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Allow users to set three columns on Add Post/Add Page screen

Reported by: avcascade Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Posts, Post Types Keywords:
Focuses: administration Cc:


These days, an increasing number of people have desktops or laptops with high-resolution monitors. On such monitors, the layout of the WordPress Add Post/Add Page UI is not optimal.

On, say, a 1920x1080 screen, the first column, containing the TinyMCE editor and title field, occupies the vast middle of the screen, with the WordPress chrome at the left and Column No. 2 at the right.

If a user has chosen to show additional fields not shown by default - like Excerpt, Send Trackbacks, Custom Fields, Discussion, Slug, and Author - these all appear below the TinyMCE editor, out of sight on a widescreen. Take a lot at the screenshot attached to this ticket.

Showing two columns by default is perfectly fine, but those with widescreen displays would benefit from gaining the ability to change the number of columns in the screen layout to three without needing a plugin, or having to hack the admin. This doesn't seem like it would be too difficult of an option to add to core.

Allowing three columns to be set would permit users with hi-res monitors to easily make better use of the screen real estate: all of the available fields would be visible without the need for scrolling.

Many users, incidentally, utilize fixed-width themes on their sites, and if the theme is sending its CSS to the post editor in order to enable the user to accurately preview what the text will look like (truer WYSIWYG), having a really wide post editor is especially useless.

I've attached a three-column mockup I made in KolourPaint. The mockup shows what a three-column post editor layout could look like. As you can see from the mockup, all available fields in WordPress Core fit into the viewport.

Attachments (2)

WordPress-Wide-TwoColumns-Highlighted.png (469.1 KB) - added by avcascade 3 years ago.
Screenshot of WordPress on 1920x1080 monitor
WordPress-Three-Column-Mockup.png (180.3 KB) - added by avcascade 3 years ago.
Mockup of what a three-column Add Post Screen (MP6 in use on WordPress test site)

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Change History (7)

3 years ago

Screenshot of WordPress on 1920x1080 monitor

3 years ago

Mockup of what a three-column Add Post Screen (MP6 in use on WordPress test site)

#1 @johnbillion
3 years ago

  • Cc johnbillion added

#3 @jeremyfelt
3 years ago

  • Component changed from Administration to Posts, Post Types
  • Focuses admin added

#4 @wonderboymusic
2 years ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback ui-feedback needs-patch added

#5 @helen
23 months ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback ui-feedback needs-patch removed
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

With the scrolling changes introduced in 4.0 that affect the side meta boxes, I think this ship has sailed.

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