[wp-hackers] Plugin options page
wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Wed Jun 13 16:48:09 GMT 2007
Sabin already covered a lot of things, but here's my 2 cents....
On Jun 13, 2007, at 9:03 AM, Jennifer Hodgdon wrote:
> Alex Günsche wrote:
>> There are many plugins that need to add options to the admin
>> panel. For
>> many plugins, this is only some few options.
>> I wonder if WordPress could introduce an additional Options page,
>> plugins with few options can just hook in, add their one or two
>> in a fieldset and have their separate "Save" button (and maybe a
>> "Save" for the page). I know that there is ./wp-admin/options.php,
>> this is not very userfriendly.
>> Alternatively, the existing Options pages could get new hooks, so the
>> plugins could simply add their options there.
Trying to decide if I prefer the idea of adding options to the main
options page or making a separate page. Maybe a clearly identified
"Third party" options section on the main page would be best? (with
accordion close so it doesn't get unwieldy)
> a) I personally don't think it is much less work to have your
> plugin create its own options page, vs. adding to an existing
> options page.
It's always nice to have options (no pun intended). Plus, this is as
much a question of making things nice for the end user as for the
> b) I think it is easier for the plugin user to find the plugin
> options if they are on a separate page dedicated to that plugin and
> named with the plugin name, rather than trying to guess which
> regular options page the plugin author might have chosen to put
> them on.
A good point. As Sabin mentioned, an options link from the plugin
page might be best.
Actually, from a user-interface standpoint, that might be the best
way to go... what about an options page (or mini-popup) that is
_only_ linked from the plugins page? This would be a _very_ good
idea for plugins with simple set-and-forget options that you only
have to change when first activating a plugin.
> A separate generic "Plugin Options" page would be OK, but since
> most existing plugins already have their own options pages, it
> might be empty most of the time.
So hide it if it's empty. It only appears if there's a plugin that
> c) Having two separate Save/Submit buttons on the same page seems
> like it would be confusing.
Agreed. I like Sabin's idea -- the options page only shows the
header for each plugin. When you click on it, that plugin's options
section opens up, and has a submit button. You can only have one
section open at a time.
Each section should have a "name" link tag so that you can link to a
particular plugin's section with options.php#pluginname. A
such a link.
Related to all of this, there are a number of plugin authors
(including myself) who put a link to the plugin's Options page within
the description on the Plugins page. Maybe we should standardize
such a link to encourage those links. They're _extremely_ handy when
activating plugins so that you don't have to hunt around for the new
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