Support » Plugin: Dynamic Widgets » Bad UX

  • The plugin does it’s job fine. The reason I decided not to use it is the user experience. It’s not implemented into the native widget-editor but rather adds yet another submenu. And it costs me to much time to actually make changes. “Every” step needs to be saved and the page is reloaded. The plugin is really powerful but the workflow eats up my time. PS: it wouldn’t work when activated network wide. Had to activate it on every site individually.

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    Thank you for your comments. I would like to elaborate a few things and choices I’ve made in the UX in response of your experience.

    The settings needs to be saved per widget. Every widget plugin that has the same functionality works that way. The settings per widget can be accessed via the widget itself. It’s true you’re being navigated to another page. The reason for this is the otherwise cluttering up of the ever expanding options. When you save however, you’re brought back to the widget admin. I agree, this does cost (some extra) time. Time (probably even more time) you would otherwise loose on fiddling around with PHP code or trying to find out which ID a page, post or whatever has.

    It’s true you’re not able to perform a network activation. This is explained in the FAQ.

    I left a similar review: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/highly-customisable-2. Note how I suggested a popup window instead of navigating to a new page. This would not clutter the Widgets screen and would improve the workflow. I sincerely hope to see some improvement to the UX in the near future.

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