[wp-hackers] 2.5 admin menu thoughts

Alan J Castonguay alan at verselogic.net
Thu Feb 21 18:04:21 GMT 2008

New users certainly do want to tweak the layout, but I'd like to  
think that users of a blog that's been running smoothly for some time  
are writing posts more often than they are changing elements of the  

There's a block of text that appears near the top of the dashboard of  
"Things To Do" with the new blog. These are important guidance for  
new users, but the needs of seasoned people is different. For  
example, a new user may want to Write a Post, Change their Password,  
or Modify their Theme. However, after things are running, theme  
modification is far less important than comment moderation and post/ 
draft management.

Yet, "You are using Hemingway theme with 5 widgets. [Change Theme]"  
is still front and center. Maybe the text driving users to the Design  
or Theme section should be time-sensitive, and display prominently on  
the Dashboard as part of a checklist, which is removed once users  
have figured out how / decided to change the theme away from defaults  
to their preference.

(As a side point, I cannot figure out how to upload images using  
Safari 2 in the new admin interface in trunk head, even when  
disabling the visual editor. The visual editor and the Add Media  
buttons appear to work in Safari 3.0.4. Anyone seen/documented this?  
Not found anything in Trac yet.)


On 21-Feb-08, at 12:10 PM, Liz Danzico wrote:

> Based on the above, we found that most users primarily do four  
> basic things:
> * Write new posts
> * Manage existing posts/pages
> * Manage comments
> * Tweak the layout

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