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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2010 is the year of open source design for WordPress

January 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

It’s no secret that a major design change is coming to this year’s WordPress development cycles in the form of a new default WordPress theme, but that’s not all. Jane Wells has announced plans for all things design—open source design, that is:

  • Creation of the wp-ui mailing list for design-related updates
  • Return of the design challenges that have determined the look and feel of the WordPress admin interface in the past
  • Mobilization of a distributed Usability Testing group
  • Creation of the #wordpress-ui chatroom on irc.freenode.com and setup of a weekly chat as with #wordpress-dev
  • Launching of the WordPress UI/UX blog

While I’m surprised all these things haven’t been set up sooner, I’m excited that design and usability are finally getting the attention they deserve—makes you wonder how WordPress got to be so beautiful without all these in place yet.

Between this, WordPress 3.0, and WordPress Multi Site, it looks like 2010 is a packed year for WordPress! There are so many things to do and lots of volunteer work is needed, so if you can find your niche in the community, why not contribute?

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Vote on the WordPress admin header and navigation design tweaks

April 30, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Several members of the WordPress community have volunteered to make tweaks to the WordPress administration panel and now it’s time for you to vote.

For those who haven’t been keeping track, read this background story.

Okay, so here’s the deal. Modifying the nav/header to be a little nicer is was a last-minute design idea, and if it can’t be worked out in the time we have left before 2.8 (which is very little), we’ll just wait until 2.9 to work on it. But! If someone comes up with something the community really likes and it doesn’t break any of the design guidelines for the rest of WordPress, we could sneak it in.

The poll will close at 8pm New York Time or 2am UTC. Here’s another chance to have a say in the development of WordPress!

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Wireframes of the WordPress 2.7 dashboard

October 2, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.7 Wireframes

One of the biggest things the WordPress development team is working on for the 2.7 release is the admin dashboard. And they’ve released a PDF containing wireframes of that interface.

WordPress 2.7 is a work in progress. These wireframes attempt to document the current state of or plans for the application. In some cases, elements may change as development proceeds, either because of technical issues or to address usability issues. In addition, elements may change during the visual design stage. These wireframes are a guide for development that will be updated as necessary, and are not set in stone.

We’ve seen demos of Crazyhorse before, but the PDF file explains in more depth what to expect in terms of the layout and functionality of the administration interface.

Check it out now.

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Take the 2nd WordPress UI Survey now

September 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The 2nd part of the WordPress 2.7 UI Survey is out. It asks for opinions regarding the placement of the search box, the favorites button, and the future publishing feature.

It will automatically close after 5000 responses, so if you want to be part of the decisionmaking process for the interface WordPress 2.7—no matter how minor—answer the survey now!

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