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Will The WordPress Dashboard Ever Be Expanded?

Recently, on WPTavern, Jeff answered a question relating to his site ever getting on the WordPress Dashboard.

The short answer is, slim to none. The reason being, I plan on monetizing this website soon and those who have a reason to pay for advertising are sometimes outside the realm of compliance when it comes to the GPL. Thus, if I will be displaying advertising on this site for things which may not be fully compliant with the GPL, there is no reason to have this site in the dashboard.

This site used to be on the dashboard a long time ago, and since then a few sites have been added and removed from the dashboard, and while Jeff thinks that WPTavern won’t be added, I wonder if any site could get to the level when it was considered worthy?

Should the WordPress dashboard be expanded with more sites, or has it become nearly useless to everyone? If you could add or remove a site from the WordPress dashboard, which one would it be and why? There is a lot of traffic that flows through the dashboard to member sites, and with traffic comes revenue, so I’ll be interested to see what you guys think.

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  1. Ajay ) says: 2/2/2009

    As Jeff said, there is a lot that goes into getting into the dashboard. Recently Mark dropped all non-GPL ads from WLTC which resulted in a major hit in revenues.

    It’s a choice that everyone has to make at one time. Money or a few extra hits.


  2. David Peralty ) says: 2/2/2009

    For me, I think usefulness should always be the priority. If it is useful to the community, then it is worthy of being listed. If it isn’t useful, then too bad.


  3. Nathan Rice says: 2/2/2009

    Getting “in the dashboard” is dependent on getting into the feed, I believe.

    So, theoretically, if you can get in the feed, you’ll be in the dashboard.

    In all honesty, I’m not sure being in the dashboard has the same benefits it used to have, though.



  4. Idealien says: 2/2/2009

    For those who build sites for clients with WordPress, configuring the dashboard panels to point to your own feeds is a great way to keep clients up to date on your latest projects.


  5. Andrew says: 2/2/2009

    Not only should it not be expanded the entire idea of putting feeds into a dashboard should be revisited. If you want to follow a feed then you should use a feed reader. WordPress should be feed free.


  6. Bleuken says: 2/2/2009

    users should be given a chance to customize this one. to add something that they want to be seen whenever they log-in. But i still prefer the WP news in the dashboard.


  7. Len says: 2/2/2009

    Personally speaking I have disabled the RSS feed in my dashboard. In fact I have disabled all “non-essential” items keeping my dashboard lean and mean and clutter free. I simply subscribe to my favourite WP blogs in my favourite RSS reader.