[geeklog-devel] Proposal about improving the admin section

Tom websitemaster at cogeco.net
Sun Dec 7 12:16:57 EST 2014

Hey Dengen,

I am fine with the change as well. I welcome it actually :-)

I ran your demo and I will just explain a bit more on how it works to the

The Admin block is still shown with all the items that the user has access
to. The Admin block has not changed in functionality.

Once you click on an admin link in the Admin block you are taken to the page
which now uses the new admin theme that has the top bar menu navigation
(which is responsive).

The top bar starting on the left has a Home link and then 4 drop down menus
for the different sections of the control panel (Core, Plugins, Tools,
Users). On the right of the top bar is  the User Functions menu.

I like the look and how everything works. I just have 2 suggestions. 

1) Can we include in the top bar a link to the Command and Control Home
page? At first that is what I thought the home link was.

2) Can we include the site name somewhere? Maybe have a mini header above
the top bar that has the site name.  We could also include the link back to
the actual site here and leave the home link on the top bar for the Admin
Home. With the site header we could also include other information as well
like the version of Geeklog installed and maybe a link to the documentation.

Looking at the file structure of the Admin theme I noticed that it contains
a lot of template files still that are not needed (archivestorytext, users
directory, etc..). Have you just not cleaned those out yet in your proof of

Thanks for working on this.


-----Original Message-----
From: geeklog-devel [mailto:geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net] On
Behalf Of Yoshinori Tahara
Sent: December-07-14 1:54 AM
To: Geeklog Development
Subject: [geeklog-devel] Proposal about improving the admin section

Hi All,

I want to ask the opinions of Geeklog developers and users about the
proposal to be described below.
My proposal is about improving the administrator section.
Speaking it plainly, I want to separate the admin section.

Traditionally, Geeklog's display method of the admin section is exactly the
same as the articles or comments, etc..
Therefore, all the templates are stored in a single theme directory.
(Except for the plugin templates)
This means that it is easy to understand for admin users, but has also
brought negative effects on the other hand.

First, the system developers have to develop the admin section screen while
considering the impact to the theme.
But in fact, compatibility of theme has been frequently impaired.
Second, the theme developers have been forced to the development of admin
screen templates.
I also have experience struggling as a theme developer.

If we separate the admin section from theme, these problems could quite be
I've actually done this effort. The outline is something like the following.
1. Created the admin screen dedicated theme. Named "Admin".
2. Deleted the admin screen dedicated templates from the normal theme.
3. Fixed the system to selectively use both the admin theme and normal
themes as the situation demands.
4. Created the new Top Bar for accessing the admin section. This Top Bar is
displayed only when you log on.
5. Added the UIkit(http://getuikit.com/) to the system in order to create
the Top Bar easily.

In order to help you try this result, I have created a distribution for the
Please download the following link and try.

After installation, please change the theme to Denim2.
It is still rough around the edges, and there are some known issues.
In order to try UIkit, please refer to the admin screen of the Static Page
Please send your comments on this thread.


Yoshinori Tahara - dengen
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