Transform Your Joomla Admin

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2011 CMS Expo presentation and various ways to upgrade your Joomla admin interface.

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Transform Your Joomla Admin

  1. 1. Transform Your Joomla Dashboard<br />Kyle Ledbetter<br />
  2. 2. A Brief History<br />You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going, or something like that…<br />
  3. 3. Which one of these is different?<br />Let’s play a game!<br />
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  8. 8. Consistency is good,<br />but stagnation can be very bad.<br />
  9. 9. Apple is king of the updates<br /><ul><li>Updates are easy
  10. 10. UI updates are frequent
  11. 11. Developers are pushed to uphold high standards
  12. 12. Usability is revered and on the same level as code (or higher)</li></li></ul><li>Updates are visual progress queues<br />There’s just something exciting about a small visual update that pushes the perception of progress more than any code can do.<br />
  13. 13. Let’s peak over the fence<br />and see what our CMS neighbors are up to<br />
  14. 14. WordPress<br />WordPress constantly updates their UI in an iterative, ongoing pursuit of perfection.<br />
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  16. 16. Drupal<br />Drupal identified a problem and put a system in place for a solution.<br />
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  18. 18. Let’s be clear: Joomla’s admin interface hasn’t been totally ignored.<br /><ul><li>Much better taxonomy
  19. 19. Much better markup
  20. 20. HTML Overrides (yay!)
  21. 21. Which allow admin templates to change layouts
  22. 22. Assign admin template to individual user
  23. 23. Allows things like mobile devices switching</li></li></ul><li>We need flexibility<br />
  24. 24. What can I do right now?<br />Let’s check out some awesome solutions that you can install on your Joomla site today.<br />
  25. 25. 2 Basic Routes<br />One is not necessarily better than the other.<br />It’s up to you to decide.<br />Evolutionary<br />Revolutionary<br />
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  27. 27. Route 1: Improvements via Extensions<br />Prime example: NoNumber.nl<br />
  28. 28. Joomla Extensions Directory<br />The JED is a great resource to find all kinds of useful admin extensions as well!<br />http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/administration/<br />
  29. 29. NoNumber<br />The king of Joomla admin extensions and addons for the standard Joomla admin interface (& compat w/ other admin templates)<br />
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  37. 37. Route 2: Entire new interfaces<br />Prime example: AdminPraise.com<br />
  38. 38. AdminPraise<br />AdminPraise is the first Joomla admin template club, and features several templates to change your overall Joomla interface.<br />
  39. 39. AdminPraise 1<br />Proof-of-concept – Can an alternative Joomla admin interface be done, useful and accepted?<br />
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  43. 43. Standout feature:<br />AdminPraise 1 was the first real alternative Joomla admin template, which was a proof of concept and successfully proved the relevance of alt UI.<br />(also 1st mobile optimized Joomla dashboard)<br />
  44. 44. AdminPraise 2<br />Time to put this notion of a truly alternative Joomla admin interface to the test.<br />
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  48. 48. Standout features:<br />Completely modular, lots of ACL viewing options, admin menu management, sidebar, dock, change editor on the fly, and many more…<br />AP2 set the new standard.<br />
  49. 49. Stainless<br />The goal was to merge form and function and push modern CSS3 techniques and design trends.<br />
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  52. 52. Standout features:<br />More customizable overall and responsive GUI but same level of simplicity of AdminPraise Lite.<br />
  53. 53. AdminPraise Lite<br />First free from AdminPraise, focused on lightweight usability.<br />
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  56. 56. Standout features:<br />No cost, easy to navigate and fast as heck.<br />
  57. 57. AdminPad<br />Optimized iPad user experience that provides a native app look & feel.<br />
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  62. 62. WYSIWYG Text Editor<br />
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  64. 64. Standout features:<br />Joomla works well on the iPad, of course <br />
  65. 65. AdminPraise 3<br />A huge step towards a responsive, customizable interface as flexible as Joomla itself.<br />
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  72. 72. Live Updates<br />Live Updates bring shorter, more iterative releases w/ new features and bug fixes. Live Updates also prolong the life of the release.<br />
  73. 73. JoomlaBamboo<br />Frontend template club that’s released 2 solid admin templates.<br />
  74. 74. Simpla<br />Joomla Bamboo’s first admin template, in which the accordion sidebar navigation is the focal point.<br />
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  76. 76. Crisp<br />A clean, minimal admin interface from a template club known for clean frontend templates.<br />
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  79. 79. Standout features:<br />Flexible nav, version check/update, session timer, minimal design<br />
  80. 80. Minima<br />Minimal 1.6 admin template that’s being used in the Molajodistro.<br />
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  87. 87. Standout features:<br />A truly modern, minimal user experience that uses just about every modern web standards, techniques and best practices.<br />
  88. 88. Mission Control<br />Admin template from Rockettheme, one of the leading frontend Joomla template developers.<br />
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  93. 93. Standout Features: <br />Editor tracking, notification badges, component layout overrides, color customization you’d expect from Rockettheme.<br />
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  96. 96. A Common Joomla Blessing/Curse<br />It’s lovely to have choices but islands are formed.<br />
  97. 97. Eventually We Need To Unite<br />So we can contribute back the ultimate admin interface.<br />
  98. 98. What’s the ultimate solution?<br />From all my experience & observations, we need:<br /><ul><li>Contextually Aware GUI
  99. 99. Adapts per your usage
  100. 100. Tagged, Categorized Extensions
  101. 101. Strict Standards (especially to gain the “native” sticker)
  102. 102. This will take time on all fronts, Joomla 1.8 is realistic</li></li></ul><li>Kyle Ledbetter<br />kyle@pixelpraise.com<br />@kyleledbetter<br />www.adminpraise.com<br />www.projectfork.net<br />www.taptheme.com<br />

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