Long time no see, eh? I thought that theme options panels would be gone, now that WordPress has a cleaner and simpler way to expose appearance settings, but apparently I was wrong.
Here’s Spartan, a fairly popular WordPress theme from earlier this year. Spartan’s Theme Options panel feels more like a brochure or a food menu, with ads and everything!
Unfortunately most of the items on the food menu require you to upgrade to the paid version of the theme. It’s sad to see these upsell themes perform so well in the WordPress.org free themes directory.
This is the D5 Business Line Theme Options page, with a bunch of featured boxes options, social links and much more. I don’t find it as overwhelming as the others, but I think it could definitely benefit from cutting down … Continue reading →
Raindrops is a free theme available in the WordPress.org themes repository. It’s got a bunch of different options, repeats “WordPress Native Theme Options” in its own way, and exposes your options table name in your database (see top right). Also, … Continue reading →
This was suggested by @obenland via Twitter – Admired theme for WordPress. The theme options are really admirable, and the page is called Ultra Panel. Obviously with Google Analytics and SEO integrated. This must be like the Best of the Best … Continue reading →
Eclipse was released on the WordPress.org themes directory earlier this month, and I’d say it’s doing quite okay. The Eclipse theme options panel has nothing in common with the rest of the WordPress interface, in fact the on/off toggles look … Continue reading →
PageLines is one of the most popular themes in the WordPress.org directory, so here’s a shot of their theme configuration admin page. A bunch of sections, a bunch of sub-sections and a bunch of options, which is not surprising. This, … Continue reading →
Theme options are good, but compatible theme options are better. This is a reminder that WordPress 3.4 RC1 is out, so if you’re a WordPress theme or plugin developer, now is your time to test your code against 3.4, and test your theme against the 3.4 theme previewer/customizer. Also, nine years ago, on May 27th, 2003, Matt announced the first version WordPress, so Happy Birthday, WordPress!
P.S. If you’re following this blog, you might have received a strange e-mail this morning, with a photo of a fierce dog. Don’t be scared, that’s my little dog Lorelle, accidentally published on the wrong blog.
This was submitted by Andy Adams of The Theme Foundry, so publishing my thoughts here. The interface is close to what one would expect from a Theme Options panel which is good, though the usage of the metaboxes UI for … Continue reading →
These were submitted by Simon from ThemeShift, showing the evolution (from top to bottom) of the options screens that ship with their themes. Looks like they’re headed towards using the Core UI, which makes me want to see a fourth … Continue reading →
WPCandy’s Completely Unofficial Guide to Plugin UI, published in January this year by Daniel Immke, who takes us through some of the user interface elements, used in WordPress themes and plugins. Navigation, Settings API, tabs, the Toolbar, Dashboard (and non-dashboard) widgets and more.