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The good, the bad, and the ugly (10 posts)

  1. belg4mit
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The good: It uses the name you've given your custom menu, instead of a terribly long and meaningless entry like "Enhance Admin Bar Custom Menu" that Enhance Admin Bar does.

    The bad: The settings entry name is not at all obvious, and the "Manage default menu items" feature form the todo list is sorely missed.

    The ugly: Activating this plugin forces the admin bar to be displayed for non-logged in users (whether or not the custom menu display is enabled)! It's an administrative bar, that should not happen.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-admin-bar-improved/

  2. Donald Gilbert
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @belg4mit - thanks for the feedback. I am prototyping a manager for the default menu items - once it's to a point to be tested, can I send it your way for some feedback?

    What would you suggest for a short settings menu name? That's all I could come up with. Maybe I can add some things to the readme to make it clear.

    How can you use the login form if it doesn't show when you aren't logged in? This plugin started as just adding a login form, so it was required at the time to be shown. It has (obviously) become much more than that - so maybe I'll give the user the option. Maybe I could use cookies to show the admin bar for logged out users if that user has been logged in in the past.

  3. belg4mit
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, I'd be happy to test the manage default items.
    Hopefully it won't end up as ugly as the aforementioned
    plug-in's interface; it works but has gratuitously styled
    buttons that clash with wp-admin's look and feel.

    "Admin Bar" or "Admin Bar++" might be less ambiguous,
    if not entirely unique/a direct mapping to the plug-in name.
    A big bold note in Installation notes and FAQ could also work.

    Ah, so that's why it's forced on. I had the feature disabled,
    because we have a login form in the RHS, and the menu was still
    there (but empty). Detecting this edge case would be good,
    but your cookie idea is also interesting.

    The last issue (exposing the bar to the public) is the most
    vital for me personally. Once you figure out where the settings
    are it's not a problem, and while it would be nice to trim
    all the options I see as admin so that the search box doesn't
    wrap, that only affects once user.

    Cheers!

  4. Donald Gilbert
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Cool - I'll be sending you a beta of the next version, with some new features for you to check out. I ended up changing the menu name to Admin Bar Improved and it fits perfectly.

    I'm going to add another option that will control the display of the admin bar. It will override the other settings that would normally tell the bar to be enabled.

  5. Donald Gilbert
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @belg4mit - where should / could I send the beta version for you to test?

  6. belg4mit
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    This username is also an account on gee(whiz)-mail.

  7. Donald Gilbert
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, I've never heard of gee(whiz)-mail, sorry. I tried emailing you but got this,

    Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
    
        belg4mit@geewhiz-mail.com

    Why don't you check out my site, dongilbert.net, and send me a contact form.

  8. belg4mit
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Done.

  9. luciferdreams
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you need another beta tester, be more than happy to help. luciferdreams@live.com.

  10. belg4mit
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm going to add another option that will control the display of the admin bar. It will override the other settings that would normally tell the bar to be enabled.

    Maybe just make "Enabled Custom Admin Bar Menu?" have three states?
    Disabled, Enabled for logged in users, Enabled for everyone

    Then, internally the logic could use the simple logic that if the login form is not being displayed, and the custom menu is not being displayed for the user, the admin bar should not be included at all.

    Just installed the update, and it works, thanks.

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