Admin Help: 7 October 2013

Today we had a fairly productive meeting (I think).

Admin help mockups were presented and discussed

from @trishasalas

from @veraxus
More mockups here


from @ubernaut


@trishasalas is proposing a new top-level sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. menu that opens a Squarespace-like, human-driven help page with a search and some easy-to-navigate/use links, e.g.:

  • I would like to…
    • …write a post
    • …add a design
    • …etc.
  • @trishasalas will work on designing some mockups to show this page and some of the other potential screens

@jazzs3quence noted that it may be tough to sell a significantly different icon than what would work with the overall design of MP6

  • does this affect how useful it would be to have a sidebar option at all if it blends in with the other sidebar menus?

@jazzs3quence suggested that @ubernaut’s and @Matt’s mockups are really the same idea, with some slight differences and proposed that we consider them to be the same thing moving forward.

  • @jazzs3quence will try to get in touch with Matt (I’ve responded to his post, I will contact him via email if he isn’t checking post comments or doesn’t get email updates from this P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at and invite him to our next meeting since we’re talking about his mockups.
  • @ubernaut will work on some variations on Matt’s mockups that make the help on/off toggle more persistant

Both of these options will require some dev work.

We need devs

  • @jazzs3quence will set up some GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. repos once we start laying down some code and can help with some of the development when we’ve got some ideas about the direction

@jazzs3quence has suggested that, at least for now, we look into both options and pursue both (see above)

  • @trishasalas will work on some Verify tests for these options to see if they can guide us in one direction or the other

Other notes

  • Anyone else is still free to submit mockups/ideas that are different than the ones that have been presented. We can talk about pros/cons at the next meeting.
  • The revised plan is to shoot for inclusion in 3.9

#3-8, #3-9, #admin-help