[wp-hackers] Plugin Settings Menu Location

kingler kingler at 72pines.com
Wed May 14 18:48:02 GMT 2008

It makes sense to me as well that the plugin options are better placed
into the plugins menu. However, there are plugins that fits better
under other sections, such as a plugin that manages category orders
should better be placed under the "Manage" tab.

For our WPMU site, we have used another approach. To improve user
experiences, we have added a specific meta link in the plugin file
descriptions. The link will only show up when the plugin is activated.
If the plugin is just a widget, the link points to the widgets.php
page, and if the plugin adds a page on the management section, the
link goes to that section accordingly.


kingler from 72pines

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 8:13 AM, Austin Matzko <if.website at gmail.com> wrote:
>> That's right: this makes sense from a usability perspective. One of
>> WordPress's chief virtues is its extensibility, and the way that it's
>> extended should be transparent to the end user; in other words, they
>> shouldn't have to figure out which feature is from a plugin and which
>> is core.
> A user knows what plugins they have and have not activated, and they
> should not have to hunt around to find where the settings for a plugin
> they just activated are.
> So I disagree with you and I agree with Matt in this case, and my
> plugin configuration pages are going into the plugins menu.
>> Something else to consider is the weight of precedent: almost all of
>> the popular plugins I can think of...
> ... do it the wrong way. Insert "jump off a bridge" analogy here.
> -Otto
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