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

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Fri Feb 15 22:41:12 GMT 2008

I've been reading the post about the demo site over here:

It seems to me that a lot of people are complaining about it being...
well.. big. Lots of white space. Lots of scrolling. A few simple CSS
tweaks to remove some of the unnecessary padding and margins would not
be out of order. Would be a good start, at least.

I made a few tweaks myself and there's definitely some room for
improvement there. I'll post something on trac later tonight with my
modifications to the admin CSS files to show what I mean. I need to
tweak it a bit more first.


On Feb 15, 2008 4:13 PM, Cadu de Castro Alves
<cadudecastroalves at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree with Otto.
> I liked the new admin interface, but I think you could use the same WP
> 2.3write page/post architecture. I wouldn't like scrolling down the
> page to
> much just to select simple (but important) post options. You're doing a good
> job, but I think it can be improved.
> --
> Best regards,
> Cadu de Castro Alves
> http://www.cadudecastroalves.com
> On Feb 15, 2008 6:20 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM, Stephen Rider
> > <wp-hackers at striderweb.com> wrote:
> > >  I think I like the new admin interface, overall. :)
> >
> > I really, really hate it myself. But only because the usability of it
> > has dropped to basically nil.
> >
> > The Write posts page is now almost completely unusable. Why anybody
> > thought it would be a good idea to have to scroll up and down the
> > whole page every few minutes I do not know. Do the people testing this
> > thing not do anything but write posts? I have to scroll off the screen
> > to screw with categories or tags, the post box is less wide than it
> > was before, there's a lot of wasted blank space (not everything needs
> > 20 pixels of margin on all sides, fellas, some of us can see clearly).
> > What's more, the sidebar space is completely empty and wasted, why not
> > put some of the items below the fold back up there? Better yet, why
> > not let ME drag them up there and leave them there? That would be
> > awesome.
> >
> > What happened to the drag and drop on the Widgets page? It's one thing
> > to have an alternative method that is non-javascript friendly, it's
> > another to get rid of a perfectly easy to understand interface and
> > replace it with something that should have been rejected on sight. The
> > drag and drop from the main area to the sidebars area needs to come
> > back.
> >
> > I like the new uploader, I don't like the integration with the editor.
> > Those buttons are barely visible, took me lots of searching to find
> > it.
> >
> > Anyway, I forsee a lot of dashboard replacements/plugins coming out if
> > this is let stand. I mean, this is simply beyond the pale. I don't
> > mind new looks, but you're supposed to *add* functionality, not remove
> > it.
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