[wp-hackers] Suggested IA/UI Changes to the Admin Area

Matt speedboxer at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 05:02:24 GMT 2008

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 8:37 PM, Chris Poteet <cpoteet at siolon.com> wrote:

> - I removed "dashboard" in lieu of having the h1 blog title link to
> the dashboard.

Having the Blog Title go to the Dashboard is unexpected and not clear. I
think Dashboard is fine where it is now.

>  I have changed "Write" into "Create", because you don't really
> "write" links.  I felt it more consistent to describe all three.

I think it should stay as Write, it's clearer.

> - I moved "comments" next to "manage" although I think that maybe
> comment moderation can be moved under "manage"

Meh, looks better on the far right (Plugins which add top-level menus will
ruin this though)

> - "Design" became "Theme" to more aptly describe the sub-content (the
> page it links to is even named "themes.php")

Design is better, as Widgets aren't really part of the theme.

> - You'll noticed I moved the "Settings" up to the upper right.
> Conceptually, I would like this to toggle via jQuery to present
> options below similar to the navigation in the CodeIgniter
> documentation (the toc): http://codeigniter.com/user_guide/

I liked where Settings and Plugins was "originally".

> - The link to "visit site" was also moved up there.

Visit Site fits more beside the site name, as having visit site near the
user's name might confuse the user into thinking it will go to the site they
enter in their profile.

> - I removed "help" and "forum", because I found them more in line with
> WordPress.com and not the stand-alone software.  That would be a good
> place for them for WP.com

Help and Forums are related to WP.org. They might fit better in the footer
by leaving Documentation as it is, and changing Feedback to Forums.

> - I also included "Users" under "settings" because (1) it's only 1
> page and (2) it's only 1 page because your user name in that same spot
> links to the same thing

I think Users should stay seperate, for Plugins to add menus under it.
I like that the Log Out link is on the far right, though. ;)

Matt (speedboxer at gmail.com)

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