I’ve been using WordPress for this blog since June 2006. WordPress itself has come a LONG way, from simple post creation to a more robust CMS, from simple templates to one of the largest template ecosystems on the web.
I built my first business on the back of WordPress. Most people today know about my work on Indy Hall, but the initial $10k of my own money that went into launching Indy Hall was made building custom WordPress sites (as well as a few of the earliest Shopify-powered e-commerce stores on the web). I owe a lot to WordPress.
I’ve composed hundreds of thousands of words in WordPress over the years.
Yet, this post is different, because I wrote it in place.
Barley is a self described “inline editor”. So, instead of logging into an admin, figuring out which part of the public page corresponds with the right part of the CMS, editing, saving, and then going back to the public page to refresh, Barley lets you tap right where you want to write…and write.
That’s all well and good, and Barley is far from the first CMS to take a swing at solving this problem (including one by my Indy Hall co-founder, called Apostrophe).
The difference with Barley – and now, Barley’s WordPress plugin – is that now writing on my blog feels as good as writing in Pages, my favorite app for writing on my Desktop.
Choosing a theme with good typography certainly helps, but what I love is that Barley gets out of the way. It honestly feels a bit like magic to be writing, and know that however the writing appears on my screen now is exactly how it’s going to appear.
And of course, if I want to do something weird or advanced, I can go back into the normal WordPress backend editor and do whatever I want.
The truth is that I didn’t actively dislike the WordPress editor until a few weeks ago when I first used the Barley editor in WordPress.
And that’s one of the best testimonials I could imagine giving.
If you use or develop sites with WordPress, check out Barley for WordPress yourself.