[development] what's a "user"? (was re: Have you ever laughed
fate in the face?)
ber at webschuur.com
Tue Jul 18 22:30:57 UTC 2006
Op dinsdag 18 juli 2006 20:08, schreef Derek Wright:
> they're an "admin"
> IMHO. not all "admins" necessarily download and install the software
> themselves. some have a working, basic site handed to them by a
> drupal hosting service, others by a consultant/web designer/etc. i
> don't really care. if they mess around in [site]/admin/*, have power
> to ban/approve users, do administrative stuff, etc, they're an
All the sites that I built for various clients can be split up into two kinds
of sites: over-the-wall and nicely-preprepreprepared. The first group is for
people who know Drupal well, know php etc (usability is not an issue with
these sites), I finish requested modules and trow it over the wall.
The second group allows me to be very creative with settings, permissions,
modules, filters, roles etc. They require a very tight focus on usability.
* the more freedom Drupal gives me, the finer grained the permissions are, the
more modules I have, the better the usability for the end-user/client is!
If *I* am given more flexibility I can build a very good, usable, well
structured site for a client.
If Drupal (or any module) takes that power away from me, (oversimplifying) I
end up delivering a less usable site. My client has to see/do things he/she
could do without. My client gets options on his screen that he really does
not need. (Yes, you still need to give someone full administer node
permissions if all he wants is promote a node to frontpage). My client has a
much less usable site.
Take views, or cck: They are very complex, but I can learn it once, and my
clients never need to learn it. So why simplify views to make it
more "usable"? All my client sees is a table with all his products in it. He
never needs to know that I fought with views exports. That I digged for the
proper CCK field setting.
And FWIW: I count myself as a Drupal user. My clients never (should) need to
know they are Drupal users. They use a site. They really don't care what
stuff is behind it.
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