1. Peter Knight (@peterrknight)

    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.


  2. Jeffro

    @Peter Knight – This may help you out https://www.wptavern.com/the-future-of-wordpress-widgets-a-better-ui-with-real-time-previews#comment-48543 looks like their work is not ready yet for WordPress 3.8. Still a lot of discussion going on about implementation.


  3. Peter Knight (@peterrknight)

    @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!


  4. Shaun Andrews

    @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.


  5. Peter Knight (@peterrknight)

    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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