Current Design


Most of the functionality is there, but the layout is confusing and inconsistent.

Confusing layout

  • General
    • Inconsistency in navigation: some pages have a table of contents, some pages
jump right into a list with navigation at the top of the page
  • Publishing features
    • Where to go? Ah, i need to click on "categories" first
    • Inconsistent: Access "feature" (blurb) administration via the category page, access article administration through the "articles" page. both associated with one or more categories
    • Publishing a feature live is confusing
      • Possible new way to do it: present option at publish time to make live or to "hold" it for review
      • Make it simpler to preview just one feature at publish time
    • Sf-active doesn't know whether a feature is "live" or not -- need to resolve ambiguity from cached versus "current, archived, hidden"
    • Feature "order" is made prominent, while changing the order is a very infrequent task. In particular, you are forced to be aware of the "order number" which is something that only the internal sf-active software should care about.
      • Alternative: just provide arrows (or other interface element) to visually re-arrange
  • Cities list
    • Clicking "cities" on left column automatically regenerates the cities list, even if it's not the correct format

Missing functionality

  • No facility to manage existing media
  • Not easy to add links to existing document to a feature, or to insert a link to media -- why not let the computer do the work of writing a URL or IMG tag?
  • Can't easily add new interface documents -- like the about page, etc -- through the admin pages
  • no privilege separation

Alternative Layouts

Task Oriented

Tasks include:


  • Moderate Newswire
  • Manage Features
  • Manage Feature Images
  • Manage Dossiers
  • Manage Calendar
  • Manage RSS feeds (*)


  • Customize Categories, Themes, Topics, and Locations
  • Upload / manage media files (**)
  • Edit CSS files (**)
  • Edit document library / static pages (*)
  • Edit templates


  • Languages
  • Translation Strings (*)


  • Users
  • Update cached files
  • Update Cities List
  • Spam Control
  • Advanced Configuration (*)

Site Usage

  • Latest Comments
  • Usage Statistics
  • Error Log

* Unimplemented features ** Needs enhancement

-- QuintenSteenhuis - 07 Dec 2004
  • An example icon-based layout:
    An example icon-based layout

Note that this is missing some of the admin modules and some of the icons are inconsistent...just consider the layout and idea of an icon-based layout for now.

-- Note from gwen

Finding where to change one's password is non-intuitive starting out.
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
example_layout.pngpng example_layout.png manage 40 K 22 Dec 2004 - 20:43 UnknownUser An example icon-based layout
Topic revision: r4 - 21 Jan 2005, GwendolynRSchmidt
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