[wp-hackers] "Action" links for plugins (was Plugin Settings Menu
xel at netgra.de
Wed May 21 17:27:30 GMT 2008
> What think ye?
would make me perfectly happe - great- nothing more to say from my side
Configure -- for one-time setup -- linked page DOES NOT appear
>> elsewhere in Admin
> I disagree there, The page should be accessable via menu's as is currently
why would someone want any menu items which will never be used a second
time? Just think about akismet - why give it any room in you menu? You go
there once to add your API Key - there is no reason why you would want to go
there again... if you really want to go there some years later you could
easily click on the link in the plugins table...
2008/5/21 Stephen Rider <wp-hackers at striderweb.com>:
> On May 20, 2008, at 7:04 PM, DD32 wrote:
> On Wed, 21 May 2008 06:41:09 +1000, Stephen Rider <
>> wp-hackers at striderweb.com> wrote:
>> Configure -- for one-time setup -- linked page DOES NOT appear
>>> elsewhere in Admin
>> I disagree there, The page should be accessable via menu's as is currently
>> possible, which in my mind, is the only time a page should ever appear on
>> the plugins page.
>> "Configuring" is the process of modfying settings, Whether they be initial
>> once-set, or changed weekly. Maybe a better word would be "Setup"
> I definitely think there are cases where there is no need for an item in
> the menus. So many plugins do one small thing, and are set-and-forget, that
> people can end up with a huge number of things on the menus -- half of which
> they don't need. I have about 20 plugins on my blog. I've heard people on
> this list say they have 50 or more!
> I think the best approach for that type of thing (Akismet being a
> bee-yoo-tiful example) is to have a Setup link on the plugins page. We
> might even alter the "Plugin Activated" blurb that appears to add "Click on
> the 'Setup' link below to configure it", or add the link directly to the
> "activated blurb. Another option to consider is to go straight to the setup
> upon activation (???)
> Oh, and... semantically I agree completely with "Setup" for the one-time
> stuff. I was trying to distinguish clearly from "Settings", but y'all are
> Another thought -- not sure how to do this -- we might automate this so
> that any time a plugin adds a page in the Admin menu, this link is
> automatically added to the Plugins Page. Advantages:
> 1) The links will be added to already existing plugins with no changes
> 2) This will help enforce the link name consistency
> 3) The easier for Plugin authors the better
> Separately, we might add a dedicated function such as add_uninstall_link()
> to which authors can attach an uninstall function.
> So... We're looking at:
> New function: add_setup_link()
> * Attach a setup page that is linked with a "Setup" link on the Plugins
> * Link does NOT appear under any Admin menu.
> New function: add_uninstall_link()
> * Attach an uninstall function that is linked with an "Uninstall" link on
> the Plugins page.
> * Confirmation should be built-in to avoid problems with accidental clicks.
> * Include parameter to manually repress the confirmation so an author can
> remove OR customize it (default is to show confirmation).
> Modified function: add_submenu_page() (and related functions)
> * When Pages are added to Admin menu, direct link is added to Action column
> of plugin creating that link.
> * Add parameter to specify the link title. Default is "Settings". Should
> be localised.
> - Exception: Pages under "Manage" menu default to "Manage". Should
> be localised.
> * Add parameter to manually repress link in case an author does NOT want it
> to appear (default is to make the link).
> Modified function: (don't know the function)
> * On plugin activation, if add_setup_link() is called, add "Setup" link to
> the "Plugin Activated" blurb at top of plugins page.
> * On plugin activation, if add_submenu_page() is called, add "Go to
> <Settings> page" link to the "Plugin Activated" blurb at top of plugins
> What think ye?
> Stephen Rider
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