I thought I’d run one more user through…

I thought I’d run one more user through testing our current concept of having both a “manage” screen and a “add/edit” screen for menus.

For this test I added a quick little JS hack to visually highlight the “Menus in your theme” metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. box when a user clicks there from the “add/edit” screen success message. You’ll see in the video that my implementation is ugly as sin. 😉 I just wanted to test the concept with the knowledge that if it worked, we could always improve the design.

I also pulled the last step, which asked users to add a custom menu widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.. While adding a custom menu widget is somewhat related, we likely won’t be addressing anything in widgets for this release.

Here’s the video for user 9 (in our series of menus user tests).

User #9

Step 1: Log in

No issues.

Step 2: Go to menus

No issues.

Step 3: Add a menu

No issues.

Step 4: Add pages to menu

No issues.

Step 5: Add home to menu

No issues.

Step 6: Reorganize pages

No issues.

Step 7: Set as primary menu

3:47 – She still had to look/click around. After she correctly saved the “Main menu” as the “Primary Menu” she said, “I hope I did that right”.

Step 8: Add another menu

No issues.

Step 9: Add links

No issues.


  • Overall, no big issues.
  • Setting a “Menu within your theme” is still confusing. I don’t think highlighting and sliding it down after clicking the link really helped. How can we improve this?
  • The visual click in this video was being recorded in the wrong spot (see the video). 😉 This must have happened in the post recording processing/encoding, as the user appears to actually be clicking in the right spots (it’s just confusing to watch).