Within less than a day of my original critique (see below) Peter Rath of WebshopLogic responded very positively to it and put this plugin on a healthy diet. 🙂
Any criticism I voiced with regard to the previous version of WP Admin Classic Colors has become obsolete as of version 1.0.2.
Being devoid now of anything worthy of criticism, there is nothing left to say for me except what is positive about it:
The plugin is very light-weight (7 lines of PHP code plus some CSS) and functional. It works very well and exactly as advertised. My original remarks concerning the choice of pale color schemes still hold – just wait twenty years and you’ll understand (and be sorry). But that’s a personal preference.
In my eyes WP Admin Classic Colors now deserves a five-star rating – not because of the colors, but for being slim, functional and unobtrusive!
This plugin offers to restore the “Classic Admin Colors” – which it actually does. It is functional in this regard and to this extent. The color scheme is almost the same, however, as the bright scheme in my WP 4.1.5, except that it does not change the admin tool bar’s dark color, and it takes up more vertical screen real estate.
The color scheme may be attractive to young people and those with excellent eye-sight who, in twenty years time, more likely than not will come to regret having strained their eyes with cool pale color schemes like this one.
Besides what it says it was created for, this plugin clutters the dashboard menu with an “options page”, the sole purpose of which seems to be tracking where it is being installed, and running an ad for some commercial plugin.
After activating the plugin, you have to go to the “options page” to actually activate the plugin you thought you had just activated by, umh, activating it.
Maybe it’s just me, but this kind of behavior is exactly what I regard as spam.
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