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Redesign admin UI in a comprehensive way that addresses the needs of business site users

October 26, 2018 · 18:27 · Ray Gulick
Description

The current admin was intended primarily for bloggers and single site owners. An admin UI redesign that caters more to the needs of business site users would be a big step in serving CP's primary market.

Voters
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Difficulty: Hard
Request: Modify feature
Discussion
Pieter Bos

Big fat upvote for this :)

Ray Gulick

Thanks, Piet. Not sure 'Easy' is the appropriate difficulty rating if it's done in comprehensive fashion I'd like to see.

David Shanske

What would that look like?

Ray Gulick

I guess that question would be answered after the redesign.

David Shanske

Shouldn't that question be answered while doing it?

Ray Gulick

point?

David Shanske

I wanted to know more about it. But, I will wait until someone wishes to do it then.

Ray Gulick

Yes. This is where we see which ideas ppl want to support.

James Nylen

I'm changing this to Difficulty: Hard. There should probably be another setting for Difficulty: We haven't decided what we want to do here yet.

Mike Schinkel

This petition is too abstract to be actionable IMO. I would suggest delineating what exactly you envision in terms of bite-size actionable changes/enhancements and then submitting a new petition for each one.

Also, consider reviewing the existing petitions for those that target actionable changes/enhancements to the admin so as not to dilute votes, as there are already several (2 of which I submitted.)

Ray Gulick

I noticed other admin UI requests that, IMO, take a piecemeal approach to redesigning the admin UI. I'd like to see it be a more comprehensive effort, with the first part of the process being a discovery process that determines what kinds of improvements the business site market would value. So, I guess that's the first actionable item there; others TBD.

Mike Schinkel

Said that way, it does sound more actionable. Would it then be fair to say that this would be more what you had in mind?

"Determine changes required for the admin UI to best meet the needs of business site users?"

Ray Gulick

It's been piecemealed into its current state, I don't think it's gonna get a lot better by piecemealing it's way out.

Ray Gulick

Yeah, I could go with that.

Anonymous

Don't know if this is anywhere near compatible with this discussion but there are plugins that theme the admin dashboard. They make it much more aesthetic, for certain applications. I find that people I work with are more receptive to the admin area when it is better themed.

One of those plugins is https://codecanyon.net/item/material-white-label-wordpress-admin-theme/18155767

I am not associated with them and I am not recommending their plugin. I am providing it as an example of what I am talking about. There are a few just by that developer.

Not suggesting using plugins to change the UI but looking at that approach, maybe it might not be as difficult to make things more business friendly than some might think. They also give a little more control to the user for branding purposes.