[wp-hackers] Consensus on plugin config screen position: Settings vs. Plugins?

Stephane Daury wordpress at tekartist.org
Wed Jun 18 19:19:55 GMT 2008

Thanks for the feedback everybody.

Sounds like I'm gonna stick with where I have it: Settings.


Stephane Daury - http://tekartist.org/

On Jun 13, 2008, at 13:20, Stephen Rider wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:37:23 -0400,  wrote:
>> Here's one I've never really found an answer to: what's the WP2.2+
>> consensus on which screen to display your plugin's admin menu on.
>> Most people (and I) still use the Settings section, while others are
>> location them on the Plugins section instead.
>> Any insight on this, or is it just a matter of choice?
> Here's my take on it:
> Plugins should be invisible.  That is, _the fact that it is a plugin_
> should be invisible.  The best design for a plugin is to seamlessly  
> blend
> into the existing interface so that someone who didn't already know  
> would
> not realize that it's an "add on" to the system.
> Therefore, if you have a plugin that has something to do with managing
> plugins, put the screen under Plugins.  If it just has a basic  
> settings,
> screen, put it under Settings.  If the screen lets the user _manage_
> something, then "Manage" is the right place.
> I have a plugin that lets people easily put pull-quotes into a  
> post.  The
> admin screen for that plugin allows people to set options that  
> control what
> the pull-quotes look like.  I put the screen under "Design" (or  
> "Themes")
> because **that's where it made the most sense**.
> So:  Don't make your plugin scream "this is a plugin" to the end  
> user.  If
> it were going to be part of core, what menu would you expect the  
> screen to
> be under?  Put it there.
> (On a related not, the header on the top of your plugin's page  
> should not
> say "Such and Such Plugin" -- it should just say "Such and Such".)
> Hope that helps. :)
> Stephen
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> Stephen Rider
> http://striderweb.com
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