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[Resolved] WordPress 2.7 admin look?

  • What is with the new wordpress admin theme it doesnt go with the theme or colors. Why did it change from the crazy horse theme to this nasty thing. Who’s idea was that

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  • It’s not finished for final release so…why gripe now?

    well will it look kinda look like the crazyhorse look

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    I hope they put a live-search box in the top right somewhere.

    Looking to be a great improvement though 🙂

    it was pointless to change the admin of wordpress, this is a worse move than going from 2.3 to 2.5 They should have left the damned thing alone and worked on functional improvements rather than giving it a slick ass microsoft improvement where you make it shiny and pretty while destroying everything good about the previous version. new doesn’t equal better.

    <cite>bradstinyworld</cite>
    it was pointless to change the admin of wordpress, this is a worse move than going from 2.3 to 2.5 They should have left the damned thing alone and worked on functional improvements rather than giving it a slick ass microsoft improvement where you make it shiny and pretty while destroying everything good about the previous version. new doesn’t equal better.

    I strongly disagree, and here is why: The WP2.5 layout was good. It did have its problems though. It had such a huge header that it was impossible to fit anything on one page. Going from page to page was a huge pain in the rear and it was pathetic that the Dashboard served no purpose. I think the new WP2.7 layout will make the dashboard more useful, cut back on the amount of scroll and give more allowance to the screen (full screen width) and make going to subpages way faster. There will definitely be some things people won’t like and they will eventually be changed (WP 2.8 will be here eventually).

    Just look at it this way: Most would rather use 2.7 than <2.3 — it is definitely an improvement.
    -JD

    P.S. If X amount of people hate it enough, I am sure some plugin developer will create a CSS hack to make it go back (somehow…)

    I assume none of you know a single thing about design.

    The 2.5 / 2.6 dash sucked. From a usability standpoint, it was absolutely horrible. This new dash is sleek and clean and a lot more up to par with modern applications.

    I like the new look MUCH better that 2.5+
    However, there is a problem with the Screen Options for IE7 users, It doesn’t show up.
    I tried it in FireFox and it’s fine, but it doesn’t work with IE.
    Most of my clients use IE in some version, so it has to work for me to recommend 2.7

    IE support should be there before the final release. the UI is improved on a daily basis if you keep updating it 🙂

    Jen

    @jenmylo

    Community Organizer

    Hauckes, in the beta release announcement, Ryan Boren made it clear that the display wasn’t yet working correctly in IE and Opera. Firefox and Safari are currently displaying this as they are meant to be seen. IE an Opera fixes are being added every day, but Ryan will let people know we think IE is displaying correctly.

    Matt,

    What is going on over there? The new wordpress admin interface is horrible, a usability nightmare and a design disaster. You had one of the greatest design studios (happy cog) in our present day redesign the admin interface you now you replace it with this!? I wonder what the god father of CSS has to say about this decision? Not only was WP Admin 2.5 a massive upgrade from previous versions, it was usable, designed well and functional. WP 2.7 needs to go back to the drawing board and focus on design, user stories and user experience, rather then adding jQuery animations, horrible font choices and non-existant design grid.

    I’m still shocked you went this route.

    Jen

    @jenmylo

    Community Organizer

    @parrfolio If you read the usability testing report that was posted on the dev blog recently, you’ll see why we went in this direction.

    The WordPress 2.7 admin dashboard is a step back in terms of style. Previous versions of the WP admin had a strong visual style. WordPress is the easiest to use blogging platform out there, tweaking its IA is good and will improve ease of use. However changing the IA doesn’t mean its visual style had to change. I did skim the testing report and can see how the changes will help ease of use. However, why does it need gradients behind the headers, crap icons in the menu.

    I really hope the style of the admin goes back to how it was in 2.5-2.6 but is structured like 2.7, please. Get Happy Cog onto it.

    @astereo I don’t need to ‘assume’ you know nothing about design, I can see from your website you know nothing. When you get out of high school then give your opinion on others design knowledge.

    @janeforshort You still can pull off good design and usability. The left nav bar is so unconventional it makes it really difficult to use. For example the left nav bar is so long that I have to scroll down, click an item, let’s say plugins (the page post’s back) then I have to scroll down again to hit another action item. The collapsing convention is bad as well. It is annoying I have to open and close each section.

    @imnotaplumber I agree. The icons are the worst. I have seen this open source set before all over the place. Where is the designer? Design fresh new icons! The rounded corners and grey gradients have got to go. They serve no purpose for the user or the experience.

    Main navigation should almost always be tabular and at the top horizontally. You can take sub-navigation and place it in a sidebar for organization of items on a per page basis.

    About icons:
    http://wordpress.org/development/2008/10/calling-all-wordpress-loving-icon-designers/

    Minimising the left bar can make it easy to get access to all the options by hovering over the options. 😛

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