Possible Future of WordPress admin

There is a project called Crazyhorse the might be the new admin for WordPress starting at version 2.7. I’ll put up 3 screenshots and if anyone would like to me make a demo of the this let me know. Also please keep in mind this is still early in development and a lot of the functions do not even work yet. That’s something I should of said with the 2.4/2.5 admin demo.

WordPress 2.6 to support Google Gears

WordPress 2.6 SVN has a new feature called Speed Up! It will use Google Gears to to locally cache images, scripts and stylesheets to speed up load times. I hope by final it will support using the admin fully offline since using a plugin just to cache some images and scripts doesn’t really seem worth it.

Updated Admin Demo

I just updated the WordPress 2.5 demo to the newest version and you can see it it much farther along than the last demo. Go check it out.

How to Make Category Specific Designs

One of the things Ben and I want to do on the SideStream Media website is allow for category specific CSS files. The reason we want to do this is so we can move all of our podcasts to one site and still make each podcast’s page look a little different. Revision 3 does this with it’s show pages, http://revision3.com/tekzilla/ and http://revision3.com/systm/ as 2 examples. The way we solved this issue was by calling on a .css file based on either what category page you were on or what category the post you are viewing is in. The code for this is :

<? if (is_category()) { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<? bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/<?php single_cat_title(); ?>.css” type=”text/css” />
<? } elseif (is_single()) {?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<? bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’); ?>/<?php foreach((get_the_category()) as $cat)
{echo $cat->cat_name. ”;} ?>
.css” type=”text/css” />
<? } ?>

This code should go right after the link to you main CSS file. Once you have done this you just need to create CSS files in your themes folder by the same name as the category, and for most servers this will be case sensitive. You can see this code in action on some of the categories on this site. If you have any questions or know of a better way to do this please let me know.

New Navigation on Admin Demo

I updated the WordPress 2.5 admin demo again. This time there is a reorganized navigation. Go check it out.


WordPress 2.5

From the WP-Hackers Mailing List:

In light of the big changes happening in the codebase and admin section,
we’re going to push back the next release to be aimed for early March.

This is the timeframe when 2.5 was originally schedule for, so we’re
treating the originally planned 2.4 in December as a skipped release, as
a result of both the holidays and the large changes which we weren’t
able to start on until late October.

There’s some good stuff in the oven, and we don’t want to rush it.

The new release shall be called 2.5. Various official docs and roadmaps
will be updated in due course.

Matt Mullenweg

So it sounds like we will need to wait longer for the new theme.

Improved Write Page

 A new write post template was released on the SVN last night and looks nice. I will be updating the demo admin soon.

Update: I updated the demo to the latest SVN release. I also fixed some other bugs.


Sorry about the errors on WordPress 2.4 admin demo earlier. I just found that the changes I made to my .htaccess was messing with it.

WordPress 2.4 Demo

I setup a demo of the new WordPress 2.4 admin. Its not perfect but you can get the idea of what it will look like. You can see the demo here.

WordPress 2.4 Admin Preview

When WordPress 2.4 comes out there will be a new admin theme. Here is a preview of what that will look like:

If you want to see more let me know.

Digg It!

UPDATE: I setup a demo of the admin. You can see it at http://hyper123.net/wp_demo/