The Header Won’t Be Changing In 2.8

The results for the WordPress design challenge poll are in and it looks like the dark fluency style has emerged as the winner. But as Jane mentions in the official blog post, the results are interesting. Overall, the various Fluency variations made up for a large majority of the votes but on the flipside, the choice for keeping the current implementation came out in second place which is definitely something worth noting.

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According to Jane, the current implementation will remain the same in WordPress 2.8 however, a new header design will be worked on for WordPress 2.9 so that enough time can be given to perform usability testing.

As I went through and voted, I can’t say any particular design attracted me more so then the others. I think I spent about 5-7 minutes reviewing each design never having a concrete decision on which one I wanted. In the end, I chose Fluency Style, Medium. But you know, I thought about it and I don’t use the header area that much anyways. The only time I actually use the header is to click on the VISIT SITE link. What about you? How often do you find yourself clicking around in the header area and which version did you vote for?

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  1. Yup, the visit site link is the primary function there!
    But, Please, no fluency – that fly-out to the right is annoying and hate how it overlays the content of the admin. Nothing wrong with the look….

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  2. The only time I actually use the header is to click on the VISIT SITE link.

    Exactly my thoughts, Jeff. Don’t you think that turning the whole title into a link would make more sense than the small Visit Site button next to it?

    Also, what are the reasons why you don’t use the favorite actions dropdown menu? I personally think that its too far to the right and my mouse doesn’t live there very often, so it is easier to click on the New Post button in the main menu.

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  3. @Mr Papa – I’m pretty sure the flyout only happens when you hove over a menu item so it shouldn’t be that bad.

    @Kaspars – After reading Andrews post and then yours, I think some of the choices in that poll went above and beyond solving the problem and created a whole new menu which was not the purpose of the exercise. Maybe the whole title should be a link to the blog. As for the favorite actions block, it’s all the way on the right hand side of the site and I my brain never stops to think about using that block to gain access to anything. I dunno, it’s weird. I’ve been clicking Edit – New Post on the left to write a new post LOL

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