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[resolved] Simplify Admin Area and Post Formats vs. Woo Tumblogs (7 posts)

  1. jw60610
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Developing a network and I'm thinking that the individual blog owners will be confused by the admin area, announcements and the sort. Most of these people will not be tech oriented and will want an easy point click and publish experience and could get distracted. Is there a way to remove all but necessary stuff from admin area?

    I've looked for a plugin that does this but haven't found any. But I also have another question.

    On the same subject, the admin UI, theres also the choice, for them, of post formats (standard, image, quote, etc). I also like the Woo Tumblog UI: big buttons, ease of use, but I also like the post formats which I can customize too. Plus whenever possible I'd like to stay with that WordPress has built for us. But for a standard user, I think this is confusing (there's the saying that with too many choices people choose nothing). Don't the features overlap each other?

    What's better? I like the way the Tumblog UI looks: clean and easy to use. But I've thought of staying w the built in formats and customize page templates too. Or do you think most people would understand all the choices?

    Any advice on this? Hope this isn't two subjects and I hope it's not too long.

  2. jw60610
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Here's an option for customizing the dashboard area widgets, anyhow. Could add useful information for users. Not sure if it works with network themes.

    http://theme.it/an-in-depth-look-at-the-dashboard-widgets-api/

  3. use this to hide admin menus:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/menus/

    But I've thought of staying w the built in formats and customize page templates too. Or do you think most people would understand all the choices?

    If you think the menu items will confuse your users, then post formats will nudge them right over the top into confuzzled.

    Tip: offer the basics. get users in here. Let THEM give feedback on what they want. Like you said above, too many choice sis not good. Offer minimums, then it;s easy to add new features. ;)

  4. jw60610
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Andrea,

    Thanks very much. Nice.

    Since you mentioned that post formats would confuse, regarding the post formats: standard, aside, link, gallery, status, quote and image:

    Is it better in your opinion to disable the post formats radio buttons in favor of Woo Tumblog style content buttons, or to just customize those formats with page templates and avoid WT?

    Seems to be a conflict between the two features. Having them both available seems to offer the too many choices mentioned.

    Thx.

    Jim

  5. jw60610
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

  6. I tend to stick with the default WP options as much as possible.

  7. jw60610
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Andrea,

    I can understand that logic. The only thing I see that Woo Tumblog accomplishes is simplifying the image upload process, which in my opinion is too complicated for users to use without confusion.

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