[geeklog-devel] Suggestion: simple mode

Vincent Furia vfuria at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 11:58:58 EST 2009

Couldn't this be handled through templates?  You can release a template
patch or an entire theme that has a simple "blog" and "admin" interface.  If
the user ever needs more advanced options they can simply switch themes.

You could even prefix themes of this type with "Simple".  So you'd have
themes like "Simple Professional" and "Simple Blue".


On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 8:47 AM, Euan McKay <info at heatherengineering.com>wrote:

> Some people may have noticed that I made a simple "blog" plugin last
> month. This replicates some basic functionality of stories - you can
> have just a title, content, permissions, comments. That's it. Another
> thing I have done on sites is set display:none on many of the items in
> the staticpages editor.
> The reason is that many users find the interface for editing things in
> Geeklog too intimidating. There are too many features for some users.
> Naturally, lots of features is a good thing, but not everyone needs
> everything. (This is sort of relevant:
> http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/11/21.html the following
> article linked from the bottom of that page is also.)
> I would like to suggest a config option to use a "simple" interface
> for the admin pages, or perhaps the ability to hide certain options.
> This could be accomplished by having two templates for the editors for
> items such as stories and staticpages, and making sure that any
> missing items are either in hidden fields or are simply set to
> default. I realise that the stories page is greatly improved by having
> tabs, but simply having the options there is confusing for some
> people. And others just click and tweak randomly because they can't
> choose what to ignore, and end up in a mess.
> Removing the clutter will make it much easier to create sites for
> people who are less computer literate, and help differentiate Geeklog
> from other CMSs.
> Thoughts?
> Euan.
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> Euan McKay
> PhD Candidate in International Relations
> Department of Advanced Social and International Studies
> Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
> The University of Tokyo
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