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Opened 10 months ago

Last modified 3 weeks ago

#40830 new enhancement

Widgets: add a warning that changes are published instantly on the admin screen

Reported by: celloexpressions Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.9
Component: Widgets Keywords: has-patch has-screenshots ux-feedback
Focuses: ui Cc:


Every change made on the widgets admin screen is published instantly, making it live on the user's site. This includes adding a widget without configuring any settings and other things that probably shouldn't go live before they're ready. For this reason, we added a "manage with live preview" link to this screen previously.

To further emphasize the usability problems with this screen and the availability of an alternative, particularly for new users that may find themselves here, we should add a warning to the widgets admin screen that clearly states that changes are published immediately and deep-links to the live preview version. This could also reduce confusion here and elsewhere, as this may be the only place in wp-admin where changes are saved without clicking any sort of publish/submit button.

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Change History (6)

#1 @celloexpressions
10 months ago

  • Component changed from Customize to Widgets

#2 @westonruter
10 months ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback added

A concern with a warning here is that it could contribute to notice fatigue. If a user wants to use the widgets admin screen exclusively, they're not going to want to see this notice persistently forever. Should it be dismissible?

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10 months ago

#4 @ghovens
3 weeks ago

Hi @celloexpressions,

Thanks for raising this issue. I am doing my first contributing during WordCamp Antwerp, so please forgive me if I am not doing this right.

I think you mention the very root cause of the problem: This is the only place in WP where changes are saved without clicking any button.

In my view a better solution would be to make the experience on the widget screen consistent with general WP behaviour and add a 'save' or 'publish' button instead. What do you think?

Kind regards,


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