WordPress Dark Admin concept

I spent a couple evenings a week or so working on an updated design for WordPress. I just wanted to see where I could go with it. There’s no current plan to implement it (other than maybe spinning up another MP6 and fiddling with things). It’s far from feature complete, but I think it’s at a good point to share and get some feedback.

The dashboard

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The site activity head map is the headliner change here (other than, you know a bunch of other stuff). I think it’s time we did some encouragement right up front from the dashboard at a glance. If you look closely, you can see the dropdown that I was imagining would allow changing what information was presented on the heat map (comment activity, viewers, etc).

The top bar has been totally removed as a thing. You’ll see a bit more in the next screenshot. It’s still there in spirit, but no longer feels like yet another toolbar.

The Editor

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I took some ideas from some of the work we’ve been doing on WordPress.com as well as some of the ideas I implemented in Press This V1. (still missing pieces like the kitchen sink) I’m not sold on the right column meta boxes yet and haven’t messed much with custom fields, but it’s a start.

Settings

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I think it’s about time Settings got some major love.

Thoughts?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you’re interested on jamming on something like this. Go!

Adios Vagrant, hello again MAMP (Pro)

I’ve been using VVV (Varying Vagrant Vagrants) for a bit over a year now with a few helper scripts for WordPress development primarily, but alas it’s time to end our relationship. The upkeep time isn’t worth it. It’s caused my computer to crash on a few occasions now. I’m not saying it’s bad by any means (it’s pretty dang awesome when it’s working), but it’s a bit more than I need with more moving pieces than I’d like.

Here’s a bit on my process moving from VVV to other stuff.
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Pressed it

Clip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.

Source: WordPress › WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

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It looks like Press this is getting some… well… press

While Press This is a tool that makes it easy to share snippets of content on the web, it should not be used to re purpose entire articles or share full-size copyrighted images. As Voltaire once said, “great power comes with great responsibility.”

Source: Press This Bookmarklet Generates Concerns of Copyright Infringement

Press This merge proposal

What is it? Press This is a redesign of an existing feature with a focus on automation, speed, and mobile usability.

Source: WordPress › Press This Revamp Merge Proposal « Make WordPress Core

I’ve been working on Press This off and on for 290 days according to Github. (probably a little longer). Keep in mind, there was a bit of a pause in work.

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It’s been quite the learning experience (which I’ll post a bunch about later).

Anyway, I’m super freaking proud to even get it far enough to be a merge candidate.

If you’ve never tried Press This (a WordPress posting tool), it’s pretty neat. The new one we just built is better in every way. Take it for a spin.

Seriously. It’s awesome.

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