When I’m iterating on a blog post (particularly if I’m trying to get some formatting syntax correct), I often want to make a small change and see its effect, repeating that in a tight loop.
The ideal for this particular use case is what Discourse is doing for me right now, a side-by-side preview. However, I don’t think that’s a good fit with the UX of WriteFreely (90% of the time, I’m writing not formatting, so it should be optimised for that case). A workaround I’ve used with other blogging software is to load up the rendered page in another window alongside the edit window. My tight loop is then: make change, save change, refresh rendered page, repeat. Not too bad!
Currently, though, I don’t think this is possible with WriteFreely, because there isn’t a way to just save. When I click “Publish”, I am redirected to the rendered blog page. Clicking “Edit” or using the back button will take me back to the editing screen, but both reset my cursor to the start of the post. (Middle-clicking the Publish button, which I thought might be a workaround to not lose my place, opens the edit screen in a new tab and does not save the post.)
Am I missing a way I could already do this today? What do you think of the suggestion?