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#1 2007-09-23 21:53:29

Gocom
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Registered: 2006-07-14
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Complete admin facelift

I’m making new facelift for Textpattern’s adminpanel, because of boored to look. It’s not actually redesign, in better words it is quite a big re-coding & styling. What I’ve done, what is coming:

  1. Valid XHTML with only divs, no freaking tables
  2. Atricle status checkfields to dropdowns
  3. Textile-quiktags

It’s quite non-finished yet. I have now only remade a two admintabs:

  • log / auth
  • write / article

It means still 20 php-files to rewrite, for disapling all the tables, and turning design to div-soap ;) When it’s ready I will make this package avaible to download. But remember, it could easily break some of the adminside plugins, and it could not be possible to update from version 4.0.5 to newer – or not very easily.

Some screens, form the new tabs (click images for larger ones):

Content / write-tab:

Main Log-in-tab:

One question to you. How many of you are using any facelift? Would be nice to hear.

Cheers!

Last edited by Gocom (2007-09-23 21:54:54)


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#2 2007-09-23 22:31:57

marios
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Re: Complete admin facelift

Looks way cool. About some time ago no one would have touched this subject, now this seems to have changed.

Regarding your question:

I did try some in the past, and reverted back to the default one. That’s because:

  • Some stuff broke
  • I got so much used to it, that it became like a convention to me. If I’d swap it out now for another Theme, I’d really have difficulties to find and locate stuff.

May be also you could increase contrast on the fonts to improve readability.

I also like those oldfashioned TXP tabs, so I made some templates in Illustrator ( making the old modern ), but there was no way to implement that with the table code it then was.

regards, marios

Last edited by marios (2007-09-23 22:36:54)


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#3 2007-09-23 22:32:43

jakob
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Re: Complete admin facelift

Wow, that looks like a lot of work and it certainly fits with your site name “uproar and rattle”. Whilst I admire the bold colour scheme, I would personally find it very hard to use because a lot of the secondary items clamour for attention.

I too commonly make some adjustments to the admin interface. Mostly it’s restricted to the slight modifications to the head and tabs, removal of the footer and more elastic textareas. In one particular case, which involved some other modifications to the source I went that bit further and changed the arrangement more significantly, removing/relocating the left-hand column entirely and simplifying the options considerably. I have to say, keeping it up to date is a much harder job requiring diff comparisons of new and old files.


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#4 2007-09-24 02:20:03

Gocom
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Re: Complete admin facelift

Thanks for your replies.

Next one is ready. A tab called articles, so txp_list.php is now edited&rewroted and styled.

Cheers!

Last edited by Gocom (2007-09-24 02:20:37)


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#5 2007-09-24 03:21:21

iblastoff
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Re: Complete admin facelift

ooh very nice! i like bold colors. can’t wait to try it out. (personally not a fan of those gradient tabs though)

and to answer your question, i use several ‘facelifts’ and switch them around when i’m bored.

Last edited by iblastoff (2007-09-24 07:49:09)

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#6 2007-09-24 07:36:43

kemie
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Re: Complete admin facelift

I always change the admin theme. I really dont like those default tabs. Your theme looks like a great effort. I’m not a fan of the colors (at least not for an interface of this kind) but the layout is good, clean and clear, and could very easily be styled other ways. keep up the good work! :D


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#7 2007-09-24 16:24:13

Gocom
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Re: Complete admin facelift

Thanks for your replies again. I thought about changing those gradient tabs, but they will stay in the design.

kemie wrote:

could very easily be styled other ways

Yep, it could, because of those divs with a ids and classes.

Finished images-tab, so txp_image.php is now customized. Screens:

Cheers!

Last edited by Gocom (2007-09-24 16:25:01)


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#8 2007-09-24 16:39:59

qrayg
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Re: Complete admin facelift

With a simple plugin you can already do some really amazing things with TXP 4.05+.

Here’s my take

…based off of Mr. Hicks design

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#9 2007-09-24 18:54:39

iblastoff
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Re: Complete admin facelift

css changes are nice but i think the main purpose of this was to create a txp interface free from tables and completely messed up markup though. that way, it’ll be much more easier to change its layout in the future.

unfortunately it seems rather unlikely we’ll see this type of tables-to-updated-markup work in core or crockery for a VERY long time.

Last edited by iblastoff (2007-09-24 18:56:04)

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#10 2007-09-24 19:12:05

qrayg
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Re: Complete admin facelift

Considering that there are a lot of admin plugins that use the table code to add tabs and such, I think you are right. I doubt there will ever be a table-free TXP admin interface. Maybe they will create a whole new product that is not fully compatible with the current TXP fork though.

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