WPWeekly Episode 127 – Roundtable With Brad Williams Who Eats API’s For Breakfast

WordPress Weekly Cover Art In this weeks episode, we were joined by Brad Williams of Webdevstudios and Dradcast to discuss the headlines of the week. We covered a large assortment of news items and received some updates on projects Webdevstudios is working on such as the latest release of BadgeOS. Brad is a long time participant of the WordPress Weekly show and it was great to have him back. The last time he was on the show was June 6th, 2010 when he called into the show from WordCamp Chicago. This episode reminded me how much fun it is to be part of a roundtable type of show.

Stories Discussed:

Breaking: New Features Selected To Merge Into WordPress 3.8 Core
The Future of WordPress Widgets: A Better UI With Real-Time Previews
Cart66 Launches WordPress Managed Hosting for E-Commerce
My Approachable WordPress Story
Should WordPress Include a Password Generator?
BuddyPress 1.9 To Retire Default Theme and Add New Notifications Component
GravityForms 1.8 Beta Released, Introduces API

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  1. Since you talked about the Widgets refresh, I was wondering what was happening to WebDevStudio’s effort to evolve the widgets screen (their mockups looked great!)? Don’t think that even came up.

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  2. @Jeffro thanks for linking that. It looks like the Widgets team have noticed the mockups WDS did but basically have gone an entirely different route? (WDS had a nice media modelesque thing going, whereas the current efforts seem to be heading more to work like the menus screen. Am I wrong? Meanwhile, the github page WDS put up has been silent for 3 months. I like both directions but I thought WDS’s mockups looked more promising, shame if they didn’t release it as a plugin at least!

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  3. @Peter Knight (@peterrknight) – we haven’t abandoned the WDS concept, and we have multiple concepts that involve a modal. In our early testing the modal was actually not well received. Justin of WDS has been super busy with work and a new child, but we recently discussed some of his ideas with Weston of X-Team, and it sounds like there may be some movement.

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  4. Thanks for the response Shaun, I’ve been watching the UI blog with the user testing and it has been very interesting and insightful – had me rethinking my own plugin a bit too.

    I do wonder & hope a more poweruser-type interface can be created that matches the ambition of WDS’s mockups. When you have a site with 5+ widget areas and different display settings for widgets, those types of scenarios are quite hard to build a nice intuitive UI for. I realize that might be non-core territory and maybe WDS will step in regardless of how the widgets UI evolves in core. I also love the ideas for a better way to visually link widget areas to actual layout – that’s a tough one to implement. It’s going to be interesting to watch development in any case.

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