[development] the past, present and future of drupal admin

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Thu Jul 27 10:58:42 UTC 2006

Op donderdag 27 juli 2006 09:54, schreef Dries Buytaert:
> the mental model is probably going to be Windows XP and  
> they would expect all settings to be grouped and have fancy icons.

Which, AFAIKT is the number one reason why Joomla works very well for 
not-so-frequent-maintained sites and new admins. (lets not get into a fight 
whether or not Joomla does things better, or so) It is just to chime in on 
that mental map idea.

* Joomla offers a very visual "map", both in menus (dropdowns with icons) and 
in the dashboard (Large Icons). 
* Joomla has a very consistent "map" because of the separate admin area. Our 
flexibility (everyone can make his/her site different) defeats this very 
much. A consistent admin theme for core would help this consistency a LOT, 
because ~90% of the drupal sites' administration would be consistent again. 
Now we see small difference such as a main menu right on SiteA and left on 
SiteB breaking this "map".


(The mental map in Joomla is very much spoiled by the fact they have a 
strange "bolt on" concept for plugins/extensions etc. That to avoid 
discussions about "but Jommla is not perfect either. No its not, but this 
particular problem has some great things for us to learn from.)

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