MP6 version 0.3

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Because Friday means it’s time for an update to MP6. As we’ve mentioned before, this is not intended for the general public, just for savvy WordPress enthusiasts eager to preview or contribute to a re-imagination of our collective home, wp-admin.

On Monday we met on IRC in #wordpress-ui to discuss feedback on last week’s iteration. We’ve taken that feedback, plus the comments left here on this P2, into account in what we’ve done this week. Here’s what’s new:

  • Almost all icons are now served from the Dashicons font. Work continues on the remaining raster icons.
  • The Plugins page now has borders and more padding between rows in the table. Opacity is only used for text, so their checkboxes stay fully opaque.
  • .widefat tables, .postbox divs and other containers have a deeper drop shadow and a new header design that more clearly defines the container from the background, and the header from the rest of the element.
  • Folded menus now get a small arrow for the current section. The way the arrow appears/disappears with the submenu isn’t great; if we remove the delay on submenus this might not be an issue.
  • The tabbed style of the Appearance section header has been removed.
  • The WordPress logo on the About page is now an SVG.
  • Page headers are now regular instead of light weight.
  • Admin color options are hidden when MP6 is present, as the plan is to only ship with one color scheme (though it will be even easier than before to customize your own).
  • The new comments/updates notification bubble is now #d54e21 instead of gray, to give it more emphasis.
  • We’ve included an example of a plugin icon in SVG format. We chose Jetpack as a common plugin that users might have installed alongside MP6. This is our suggested design for plugin icons, but not yet the final suggested method of implementation.

Here are things that we discussed in feedback, but didn’t implement this week:

  • Test new values for green/amber/red status text.
  • Make adjustments to the secondary button styles for more contrast with the background.

This week includes contributions from Ben, Mel, Isaac, Joen, Otto, and myself. Many thanks as well to those who gave their feedback, ideas, patches, and bug reports during Monday’s meeting.

Like last time, we’ll do office hours on Monday to discuss next week’s iteration, followed by version 0.4 on next Friday; March 22. To save myself the time zone embarrassment from last time, let’s aim for 1800 UTC, whatever time that happens to be wherever you are in the world. Arrive an MP6 enthusiast; depart an MP6 contributor!