Better/coordinated admin UI
I think one of the advantages of WP is also a considerable weakness: There is no structure or logic behind the menu items added by plugins. And apparently, there's no guidelines for plugin authors to comply with when designing their admin UI. So with only a couple of plugins, the WP admin theme becomes hard to manage, which is even more problmatic, since the standard release requires two clicks and page reloads to get from one menu to another if the menu items aren't in the same subfolder.
I like it, that a plugin-author can change the menu in any way.
Its a sign of good coding and a good plugin if the author makes good desicions about this...
But you are right: there are some plugins with unexpected behaviour.
Therefore: What I miss is a link from the plugin-page to the plugin-admin-page.
This should be a part of the commend-head each plugin has...
A number of enhancements have taken place in WordPress which eases this issue but I still see plugin links scattered throughout the left side menu areas. Not sure how to get plugin authors on board with putting a settings for the plugin that is accessible from the plugin management page.
With the redesign of 2.7, you no longer have to click/reload twice to get to any management screen. So even though plugins still drop their menus wherever they like, they are at least easier to get to, so I'm closing this as implemented. A UI guidebook for plugin authors is a good idea, but not a core suggestion.
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