Lack of uniform UI with third party plugins

  1. estevancarlos

    There are some major plugins that add an intense set of features such WooCommerce, Slider Revolution, and WP Bakery. All together they offer completely separate user experiences with varied UI decisions.

    Having a WordPress site with all these different experiences and UIs I think makes a WordPress admin that much more complicated to understand and navigate. I'm a developer myself. Sometimes I need to find/use a plugin in order to explain the usage to a client. I find myself shocked at the wide differences amongst them. It seems like an unnecessary problem that is completely avoidable.

    Since WordPress may not want to build in the features I list above, is there some way to encourage or enforce stricter UI rules for third party developers? For example I believe it would be a step in the right direction to strongly encourage or enforce plugin developers to use default WordPress buttons and options. There should also be the promotion of best practices with regard to creating menus, tabs, and other options within the plugins.

    For example, Drupal extensions basically follow the UI patterns throughout with nothing that stands out. As a result it can be easier to notice patterns and understand how to find menus, options, sections, etc.

    Posted: 5 months ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    We encourage already. And they do what they want :(

    Posted: 5 months ago #
  3. estevancarlos

    How do other companies or organizations manage this? It's strangely become one of the aspects of WP that I think could ruin it in the future.

    When these plugins become so critical but create a UX/UI that is antithetical to WP it's like you're working with two competing software packages at the same time.

    Here's a dramatic idea: official WP approved plugins. They should promote plugins that pass certain requirements.

    Posted: 5 months ago #
  4. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    A company, and I speak from experience, will have a standard they require, and a QA system in place to enforce it.

    WordPress isn't a company, though. So that idea breaks down right away. You may notice that plugin suites within a company are all rather uniform. That's something a company or group chose to do.

    Also we're not going to have 'official approved plugins' - it's not maintainable at scale, and it creates an unfair disparity with new plugins.

    Posted: 5 months ago #

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