I still dis-like the side navigation but…

…I’ve got to admit the overall style of WP 2.7 looks pretty CLEAN.

I especially like the Mac OSX-esque style. Rounded edges, gray colors, and shiny buttons is text-book Apple/Mac style, but if it works — it works. WP still seems to stays inside of their own identity so I’m not mad at all. Quick press looks like a nice little feature as well. Looks like it lets you make posts straight from the Dashboard. The sidebar is still weak to me, but we’ll see how much extra scrolling this will or will not create. Read more about it here.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted Oct 18, 2008 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words and the honest critique, Allan. Adding a bit of sophistication, but making it feel even more like WordPress, was job #1 in the redesign. There’s always been a little something old-school about WordPress, and I hope we recapture it with 2.7. I’ll admit I was also skeptical of some of the changes to the UI at first, but have come around after experimenting heavily with the development branch over the past few weeks. I hope you’ll have the same experience once you take the finished product for a spin. :)

  2. Posted Oct 19, 2008 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Matt. The first few 2.7 screenshots (from the earlier nightly builds) I saw were kind of scary, but I can see that its shaping into something VERY nice. The left navigation is still a bit unsettling to me but who am I to knock it before I try it? :) Looking forward to seeing the final version!

  3. Posted Oct 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    What I cannot understand is why they opted for yet again a new interface instead of improving the exisiting one, which is, let us be honest, fairly new already?!

  4. Posted Oct 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Very true Piet, but I think they’ll get things right this time. I don’t mind design overhauls as long as its done in the interest of better functionality. The last major admin design changes looked great but an easy to use Widgets panel was sacrificed. I have a feeling we won’t run into that type of thing in 2.7. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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