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UI Labs

Experimental WordPress admin UI features, shiny ones.

UI Labs is a plugin that offers experimental WordPress admin UI features with the aim of building upon and enhancing the default WordPress User Interface. All features are in a constant state of beta, there are no guarantees and a modern browser is mandatory!

These are unofficial core UI experiments - who knows what could happen?


  1. Colour-Coded Post Statuses - Ever had a page full of posts which were a mix of drafts, stickied posts, pending posts, and private posts? When you have a lot of different post statuses, it's hard to differentiate them all. Experiment #1 applies colour-coding to post statuses to make different types of posts easy to pick out with just a glance.

  2. New 3.2 Admin Bar - The new header in WordPress 3.2 can sometimes make things feel a little cluttered. UI Labs experiment number two brings back a more traditional WordPress header (and footer). It also adds a little padding to the main content area to make everything feel a little more spacious.

  3. Server Identification - This is a developer feature. Sometimes, when developing sites locally, deploying them to a staging server, then deploying to a live server - it can become confusing as to which WordPress admin panel you're logged into. This can have disastrous consequences if you suddenly start deleting stuff on the live server cause you thought the current tab was the staging server. This UI experiment allows you to enable colour coding for your different servers so that it's always obvious which one you're using right now. See screenshots for how this looks. This experiment is WordPress 3.2 and 3.3+ compatible.

Each experiment can be turned on and off from the plugin settings screen.

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 2011-10-5
Downloads: 4,407


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