This is an important notice about the DP Dashboard plugin by DevPress.com.
Cause of Delay
An update for DP Dashboard was supposed to be out months ago, the problem is it’s dependent on the release of WordPress version 3.6 and I didn’t anticipate WordPress 3.6 to take this along to come out. No one did. Now that 3.6 is out, I can start updating DP Dashboard to reflect 3.6 changes and add new features.
The long wait for WordPress 3.6 has pros and cons. It gave me time to collect feedback and find different uses for it. On the other hand, all the feedback and results point toward switching the approach of this plugin.
Currently, DP Dashboard ignores all plugins. All it does is redesign the WordPress admin panel. If a certain plugin doesn’t leverage WordPress default UI (user interface) to display its settings, it’s more than likely not compatible with DP Dashboard. Personally, I’ve been forced to switch DevPress.com’s admin pages back to using the default WordPress design because DevPress uses too many plugins with custom and/or advance interfaces.
While continuing to ignore plugins failing to leverage WordPress default UI is a good thing and the right thing to do, DP Dashboard is not much use to WordPress power users, which is the audience its built for in the first place.
New Direction and Sacrifice
The new approach will be to support as many popular plugins as possible to create a cohesive experience, something you would actually use beyond a default WordPress install. This means sticking with just one theme instead of three. DP Dashboard has three themes: Base, Hunter, and Darkness. Only one of them will be kept or a brand new one will be made to leverage the best parts of those three themes.
Although that’s the plan moving forward, I’m a bit hesitant because the new direction means throwing a way months of hard work on those three themes and also potentially pissing off everyone currently using DP Dashboard so I’d like to open this up for suggestions before I commit to this new direction.
Why can’t I keep all three themes with the new direction moving forward? Supporting many different plugins with one theme is difficult enough. I can’t imagine doing it with three themes. The amount of time needed to develop and test plugin compatibilities with all three themes would bankrupt me. It would no longer be profitable for me to maintain, update, and add new features to DP Dashboard.
So my questions for you are:
- Are there alternatives I haven’t considered?
- Of Base, Hunter, and Darkness, which style would you like moving forward?