[wp-hackers] 2.next - plugin options

Matt Mullenweg m at mullenweg.com
Wed Mar 8 18:24:04 GMT 2006

Mark Jaquith wrote:
> 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.

Actually Akismet was put under Plugins very deliberately. It was 
originally under "Options".

People would activate the plugin, and not think anything had changed. 
Seeing a new menu item pop up was comforting and gave them a logical 
next place to go.

Also many plugins don't tell you where their menus are going. Ever 
activate a plugin and then click around 2-4 menu items to see where it 
stuck its stuff?

"Manage" is a little to abstract, we could logically put *everything* 
under manage. I think we should move the most used things to the top.

Matt Mullenweg
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http://automattic.com | http://akismet.com

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