[wp-hackers] 2.next - plugin options
mark.wordpress at txfx.net
Wed Mar 8 07:27:57 GMT 2006
On Mar 8, 2006, at 1:17 AM, Kaf Oseo wrote:
> There's a discussion on the forums right now about how best to
> handle the increasing use of option pages by plugins, which is
> beginning to crowd the sub menus for some:
> I've previously brought up the suggestion Matt Read makes in that
> thread, which is to provide a *master* plugin options page plugin
> devs can hook into when only one-two settings are needed. However,
> I'm wondering if a better alternative would be to add a mechanism
> where a plugin's options is linked from its entry under Plugins.
There is some talk of moving some core items under "Manage" up a
level, which would free up more room on that Submenu.
I think that relegating plugin options to a special plugin menu is
unintuitive. For example, see where Akismet's menu item is located.
The beauty of WordPress is that it can be so drastically altered or
enhanced with plugins. Plugin menus should be in natual places. The
vast majority should be under Options or Manage. If you're changing
the way the plugin functions, changing its settings, it should go
under Options. If you're manipulating data in some way, it should go
under Manage. A user shouldn't have to think "hm, is this core or
additional functionality?" when using the menu system.
I think that the Plugins submenu should be restricted to things
having to do with plugin management... like editing, activating,
downloading, upgrading etc.
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