What is WordPress Calypso?
We have already discussed much on the release of the WordPress Calypso. Now, let’s talk a bit about what WordPress Calypso is all about? Being the latest WordPress interface, Calypso makes it much easier to manage the WordPress content, reading blogs, bringing in changes to the themes, viewing stats, and much more to it. It has been made available to download as a Mac app and is presently in use on WordPress.com.
Calypso has presented a great example of possibilities with the WordPress REST API. More to this, the introduction of Calypso is just exceptional for those who use a Mac as it offers an easy way to interact and manage WordPress websites.
The release of this interface also denotes the positive intention of Automattic (the web development corporation) with the decision of keeping Calypso open and accessible to everyone at WordPress community to add new elements to the same. This again adds more to Automattic’s commitment of open sourcing its code to share the same even with competitors that genuinely adds to the knowledge bank for better WordPress improvements.
What Importance Calypso Holds For The Future Of WordPress?
The Benefits for The Developers/Users
The recent Calypso release seems to be a promising interface in the WordPress arena. While developing the same, developers have remained focused on a few ideas that guided them throughout the journey. Here is a short explanation of these ideas that are more of the benefits for the developers.
Helps Building Responsive Sites
With the new Calypso release, WordPress has remained focused on including the responsive technique. With the help of the same, it is now much easier to manage existing sites on any device.
Changes can be Made in Real Time
Any change done to the WordPress website will be reflected in real time. There is no requirement of refreshing the page and wait for the new change to be visible.
Greater Speed/ Improved User Interface
The new WordPress.com has been made in order to be such an interface to manage all the WordPress.com as well as Jetpack-enabled sites. This helps in focusing the content and not worrying for managing the administration.
How to Access Calypso
We have talked much about Calypso and the related benefits. Now it’s time to familiarize our readers with “how to access Calypso”? Here is the stepwise explanation:
The very first step is to install the JetPack plugin. Keep in mind to ensure that the manage module is activated.
After installing the plugin, now it’s time to log into the WordPress. After this, ensure that there is correct site display.
Creating and Editing Content
Let’s get familiar with creating content via Calypso. For creating the content, following steps should be followed.
For creating the post, users will have to go to the admin menu where there will be a post item section on the left. For adding the post, click on the add button. Type the post title and the content areas, similarly, as you were using WordPress admin screens.
In order to upload the image, users need to click on the “add new” button. The new calypso is slightly different from the former WordPress admin screen as it uses the term “add new” as it is more intuitive for users whereas WordPress asks users to “upload” the same. Now as per your requirement, images can be added and categorized. You can easily find the option for the same.
This is the second final post prior to actually making a post live. For previewing the post, you can make use of preview button placed at the top of the admin tabs. There is also an option of scheduling the post. The job can be done by clicking on the calendar icon placed on the right of the publishing button.
There is “view post” link that you can see placed to the right of the notification. This helps in watching your post on your site.
After you are done with creating and editing the content, it is now time for you to create the pages. In order to add a new page, tap the add button in the pages menu item. Here you can add the page title and the content as we have explained earlier. Here you will find some admin tabs on the left-hand side for “featured images”, “page options” tab and many other such options.
Calypso also helps in managing the site. For the same, the new interface presents two options.
Personalize: It has themes and Menus tabs for customizing the required elements.
Configure: It includes a sharing tab that links to social media via JetPack, plugins for installing, plugins to be activated, as well as WP Admin that links to the admin screen in the main site.
There are customization options available for the users and thus, depending upon the requirement, the choices can be made. After personalizing the setting, the next step is to configure the website settings. You will be displayed the menu items depending upon the type of module you have updated.
Having a bunch of benefits both for the users as well as the developers, Calypso is sure to take the WordPress legacy further respectfully. It has got all the elements that are essential to make the website creation an engaging one for the developers. This new interface offers an easy way to develop a completely new version of WordPress admin without bringing changes to the core. All these elements thus make it very much promising.