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Simplified Interface

PostPosted: 3:01pm, Thu 24 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
When looking at other newsletter services like Constant contact and the like, I notice that their interface/dashboard is extremely simple. Could the developers of phplist consider working towards the same simplicity with phplist's dashboard? For instance, when admin logs in, they could maybe see just these options with nice icons next to them:

1. Manage Account

2. Manage users

3. Compose & Send messages


Then under each of these would be a sub category with all the appropriate info. ie.

1. Manage Account
>> Tables - "Administrator functions", "Configuration Functions", "System Functions"

2. Manage Users
>> Table - "List and user functions"

3. Compose & Send messages
>> Table - "Message functions"


I have a custom screenshot but it's not attaching for some reason and I can't post a u-r-l so...whatever.... If you want the psd to use, let me know. I'll send it over.

PostPosted: 1:54pm, Fri 25 Apr, 2008
by J_S
not a bad idea

PostPosted: 2:10pm, Fri 25 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
Cool!

2 reasons it would be good for phplist devs to work on this is so advanced phplist users like myself and many others wouldn't have to customize on their end and then have to re-customize after an update. I've tried this before and it's a real pain after an update to have to go in and re-design everything, so I've just stuck with the current layout and just grew accustom to it myself.

And second reason is because, showing phplist to my other clients that have used constant contact, they get kinda confused with phplist's layout and just turn back to constant contact or other's like it.

Soon, i'll be able to post my rough layout design if you'd like.

PostPosted: 2:14pm, Fri 25 Apr, 2008
by J_S
great!
I'd love to see that layout...

PostPosted: 2:21pm, Fri 25 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
I'm new here so it's not letting me do anything.
Here's the u-r-l

allwebnow dot com slash dashboard.gif

PostPosted: 2:42pm, Fri 25 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
I was thinking that when you click on one of the icons, there could be a quick ajax dropdown rollout function (or simple iframe) to have the sub-tables under the icon appear immediatly.

PostPosted: 1:59am, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by luuuciano
this looks very nice...

PostPosted: 2:13am, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
Hey thanks luuuciano!

Julian, what do you think? It's nothing final, just a start to get things moving if more people are interested in it.

PostPosted: 2:55am, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by luuuciano
it would be very nice a template system or something... so people can make their own admin, as they need it, or their customers need it

but well, I think thats very complicated to achieve... right?

PostPosted: 2:57am, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by luuuciano
it would be very nice a template system or something... so people can make their own admin, as they need it, or their customers need it

but well, I think thats very complicated to achieve... right?

PostPosted: 3:05am, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
I think having a dynamic editable admin interface would be very difficult to acheive. But just making the interface a little simpler so new comers can "Get it" should be a very easy task.

PostPosted: 12:15pm, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by J_S
This is great. It is very easy to understand at first glance.
The only thing they see in here as a drawback is that, although using icons is clearer, it really is a disadvantage for translation purposes. It is much easier to keep it on plain text to make it more easy to adjust to everyone.

PostPosted: 12:25pm, Tue 29 Apr, 2008
by allwebnow
True,

However you could maybe go 3 routes that would fix this.

1. have floating dynamic css text over the icons that can be editable by language.

2. load different language icons versions once language is changed.

3. Have the icons be in flash tied to an xml file and dynamically driven to change once the language is changed.

PostPosted: 2:48pm, Sun 14 Sep, 2008
by allwebnow
has any further thought gone into doing an admin interface facelift?

PostPosted: 11:44am, Fri 02 Jan, 2009
by bobthebob01
hi,

i also agree in the fact that the interface is not the best we've seen (i'm not here to bash anybody, continue reading please), which is a bit sad as phplist is really great. But i also don't find it user friendly and when showing it to client or people to use they get scared a bit (you know how non-tech people are !!!!).
So a nice GUI would make it a real killer app.

I tried to create my own template, but it seems quite hard to make everything work.

Is phplist gonna work on a template system for the admin panel.

i have looked around and could not find any proper doc on what files to modify to customize the template.

Anybody could point me the right direction, i'll be more than happy to work on something.

cheers