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Widgets, Widgets, Widgets: Rethinking Widgets in WordPress

I spent some time today working on a plugin that redesigns the widgets in WordPress. It’s a prototype. I love to build quick prototypes, not design something on a static Photoshop canvas. This way, I get to play with the “thing” I’m building and tweak it in realtime. This method of “don’t just draw, build something real” is the primary reason I learned PHP as a designer.

Check out the code on GitHub, and note that this plugin currently requires that you modify a Core WordPress file to make a few functions “plugabble.”

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Design WordPress

A Tabbed UI for WordPress Widgets

I’ve been working on some design concepts for a redesign of widgets in WordPress, hopefully for release in 3.8 towards the end of this year. The latest concept I’ve been thinking about is a vertically tabbed UI for listing sidebars and widgets.

 

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Design WordPress

Exploring Layouts for the WordPress Media Library

3.6 Media Menu with MP6WordPress 3.5 brought us the great media modal, which makes it super easy to upload and add images while writing a post. The modal features a grid-based layout, with large images that make browsing your library a breeze. Meanwhile, the main media page hasn’t changed much. It still lists your media library using a standard WordPress table view. Its not bad, and sometimes the table view is useful — but that grid-based layout from 3.5 would bring that easy, breezy browsing to the main media page.

I’ve worked up a few quick wireframes to run through the idea. I’m diggin’ it. There’s the standard table list view, a hybrid view, and a traditional grid view. Lots more ideas brewing in my head, but I wanted to get these “on paper.” What do you think?

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Menu Recent Pages

Look at this, another plugin! Menu Recent Pages will add a list of recently edited pages to you wp-admin menu. They appear as a sub-menu of Pages, and will take you to the edit screen when clicked. Simple.

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Mini Admin Bar

Another day, another plugin. This morning I whipped up a concept-plugin for a smaller admin bar. I’m calling it (creatively) Mini Admin Bar. This isn’t for the faint of heart, as Its pretty broken right now; No drop-downs work, and it breaks miserably with Jetpack enabled. However, if your brave (and have MP6 activated) check it out.

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Design WordPress

Rethinking Content Editing in WordPress, from Mel Choyce

Some really interesting concepts from Mel Choyce. Mel’s designs are exactly what I had in mind when Matt brought up the idea of “post-formats as blocks” in his State of the Word talk.

There’s some great discussion happening over on the Make UI blog, too.

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WordPress 3.6 "Oscar" Released

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” is a great release, which marks the move into a more aggressive release schedule with both 3.7 and 3.8 due to arrive this year.

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Face Foward

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A preview of my first WordPress theme in over 4 years.

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Jetpack 2.0 is here!

Jetpack 2.0 was just released. Lots of cool new things, including the ability to cross-post to Facebook and Twitter. Photon, a CDN of sorts for your site’s photos, is brand-spanking new — and something to keep an eye on.