Stephanie Leary, the author of Beginning WordPress 3, posted a custom redesign of the WordPress Widgets screen today on Twitter and on the WordPress Trac. In Leary’s ticket she explained that she worked on the idea to see if she could make the widgets screen better match her theme:
I’ve been fiddling around with the layout of wp-admin/widgets.php, using a stylesheet full of overrides enqueued to that page in my theme functions file, to see if I can produce a layout that better matches the theme and makes more sense to my users. (None of them understand the stacked-sidebar model.)
Leary’s ticket is focused on adding specific IDs to the widget screen to allow for further CSS control of the meta boxes. It includes patches to add the additional IDs as well as a sample
functions.php and CSS file to implement the custom layout.
You can view the full posted image here.
Previous versions of the WordPress Widgets screen
When considering the custom changes Leary proposed, it might be helpful to keep in mind previous versions of the WordPress Widgets system. Just for fun, let’s take a look.
The jump from 2.6 to 2.7, for instance, looked like this:
The tweaks from 2.7 to 2.8 were small, but looked like this:
Would you be interested in creating custom layouts on your widgets screen for your themes? Do you think this is a good direction for WordPress widgets to go?