[wp-testers] Re: Admin Layout
kimsch at musing-minds.com
Thu Sep 18 00:51:06 GMT 2008
I like the vertical nav, but would like widgets available on their own.
I also miss the "right now" section and the recent comments and incoming links.
It would be nice to be able to pick and choose and arrange as the user likes perhaps. Some people may want the quick press, others incoming links, others the inbox, etc.
From: wp-testers-bounces at lists.automattic.com [mailto:wp-testers-bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Dan Milward
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [wp-testers] Re: Admin Layout
1. I was just coming here to see if anybody else had mentioned the
missing "Right Now" section and I'm glad to see that you have. I too
think it would be a shame to loose the "Right Now" section because it is
one of the nice and colorful features that makes usability super obvious
for new users.
2. The so called crippled quick publishing box interests me. Maybe
this could be the new "Right Now" section if we did it right.
Imagine something tab driven. You could toggle between "quick post" and
"quick page" and if there were plugin hooks for us plugin developers
then we could add other "quick" things.
Perhaps "quick press" is right crippled now but that does not mean it
needs to stay crippled. It could be very powerful and save us all lots
of clicks. How hard would it be to add tabs and tinyMC?
3. Sheesh I used to mock Drupal for having vert nav. And now here I am
eating my words. I'm not saying anything else about it until I see the
next revision... but my money goes to doing whatever Apple do.. Steve
doesn't employ the best designers in the world without a reason 8-)
Lari Elovainio wrote:
>> He might have meant a mockup of how the finished design will look
>> The next round of wireframes are being readied. The wireframes are
>> changing in response to rounds of user testing, so there really hasn't
>> been a "one true design" yet.
> Is there any one specific place where these things are published? That
> would be good.
> Overall, I think the new layout looks very cluttered compared to the
> 2.6 version.
> What’s the purpose of the QuickPress box? On the dashboard you are one
> click away from the full publishing page so why would you want to use
> the crippled publishing box?
> I also miss the Right Now section, bringing it back would also
> eliminate the need to have the New Post buttons in the strange places
> (the navs).
> VERTICAL MENU
> Oh my. I’ve really tried to learn to love the vertical menu but it’s
> hard. Most of the time it wastes a lot of space. It takes two clicks
> to get to most pages. The pages are grouped very oddly (I see this is
> about to change). I think this scales more badly than the horizontal.
> If you have all the submenus open and few new pages by plugins, you
> have to scroll just to see the whole menu, what the…?
> Look at how Windows and Mac OS solve this, a horizontal menu with drop
> downs. What’s wrong with that? Just make sure there are smart top
> level parent pages under which everything can be placed.
> HORIZONTAL TOP MENU
> What’s the point with top left menu (My Account, My Dashboard, New
> Post, Comments, Help)? I don’t see any logic there, they seem randomly
> chosen from the vertical menu, why have two places to access the same
> ACTION DROP DOWNS
> Are these necessary? Usually there are only one or two possible actions.
> EDITING PAGE
> There a lot of complaints here but overall I like the new features.
> For example, the ability to hide certain publishing page boxes is
> really nice. A very nice addition to this would be the ability to make
> custom post/page writing pages, especially when the hiding supports
> plugin created boxes, too.
> Custom Fields require a better UI. Maybe there should be a page to
> manage the custom fields that would allow to group the fields and
> select the input method for each field, for example a set of radio
> buttons or a text field. The custom field groups would each have their
> own box on the edit page.
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