How to build a WordPress site in 5 hours

June 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Max Limpag explains step-by-step how you can create a WordPress-powered site (not just a blog) from paper to the screen in no more than 5 hours. He also shares useful tools which aided in his process, such as the Yahoo! UI library, Aptana Studio, Bluefish, and FileZilla.

His proof of concept can be viewed at Tungkaran.com.

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Early look at the WordPress 3.0 Menu Management interface

January 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over at the WordPress Development Updates blog, there’s an alpha preview of the Menu Management user interface that will be included in WordPress 3.0. Here’s the video:

Here’s a quick preview of the new menu management admin page (still alpha stage).

It highlights the dropdown section, which is the only unfamiliar element. All the rest are borrowed from the widget management screen.

Feedback on the UI is very welcome, either here, or on the dedicated ticket: #11817.

As mentioned in the post by Scribu, the interface is similar to the Widgets page. You can select either a page or a category from its respective dropdown menus, and when clicked it gets sent to the active menu panel on the right. There you can reorder the items. You can also add specific links and the Home link.

This feature can’t come soon enough! People tend to “hack” together site navigation menus in WP themes and for ordinary users editing them is a pain. Making WordPress features more usable through new interfaces like this is always a good thing.

Got feedback or want to keep up with this upcoming WP feature? Bookmark this Trac page.

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WordPress 2.7 on “feature freeze”

October 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Ryan Boren has just announced at the WP-Hackers mailing list that the upcoming version of WordPress has gone into feature freeze, meaning there will be no new features added from now on until the official release. Read more details about the new features at this blog post from Performancing.

Jeff Chandler also mentions in there that the admin panel demo by Chris Johnston is still up, so if you want to check out what WP 2.7 currently looks like without having to download and install it for yourself, just login (username: admin; password: demo).

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Sticky Posts for WordPress.com users

September 12, 2008 | No Comments Yet

As Matt Mullenweg had mentioned in a demo of WordPress 2.7 “Crazyhorse” during WordCamp’s State of the Word, there will be a new feature called Sticky Posts. It turns out that feature is already installed on WordPress.com blogs. This is patterned after forum posts which you want to keep at the top of the page for everyone to see.

Chances are WordPress.org users have a blog at WordPress.com, so be sure to try out that feature as we await WP 2.7!

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WordPress Admin Dashboard to be updated in 2.7

August 26, 2008 | No Comments Yet

CrazyHorse

The admin dashboard is an essential part of what makes WordPress really work, which is why the Automattic team continues to tweak it to ultimate user interface perfection. In the upcoming version 2.7 (nicknamed “Crazyhorse”), WP FUN shares a glimpse of what the new dashboard will look like:

Each of the menu items on the left open and close as needed. Templates contains everything that is in the design tab now. Utilities features the new inbox (which seems to include notifications about WordPress and maybe new comments, but it doesn’t do anything yet) and some of the contents of the manage menu.

The recently-concluded WordCamp also demo-ed Crazyhorse. You can find more pictures here. See the “Riding the Crazyhorse” talk by Liz Danzico of Happy Cog, the company who redesigned the admin interface in WordPress 2.5.

A video courtesy of socialTNT is also embedded below:

Finally, CalinSoft has also posted an in-depth walkthrough of Crazyhorse, though unfortunately it’s in Spanish. (Try Google’s translation here.)

The dashboard is just a critical part of a blogger’s workflow, so it’s a good thing that WordPress is really working hard to continuously improve it.

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