With WordPress 2.7 coming out any day (or week) now, one thing I’d would’ve like to see them update is the built-in WordPress Theme Editor with a cleaner, more functional interface for a better user experience.
Theme Editor Used by Bloggers
Most normal bloggers and other non-programmers use the Theme Editor for editing and changing their theme’s code. Since most are unfamiliar with FTP, the Theme Editor is the best solution for messing around with their WordPress theme.
Theme Editor Used by Programmers
Most programmers and users familiar with coding don’t use the Theme Editor, and instead use FTP for transferring files. I myself am I coder, but occasionally, when I’d like to make a quick change to a WordPress theme, whether it be for a client or for personal stuff, or I simply don’t feel like opening up Transmit and Coda, I use the Theme Editor.
I’ve created a design mockup of what I’d like to see the future built-in WordPress Theme Editor look and function like:
The current Theme Editor
My future-envisioned Theme Editor
Here’s a list of things I’ve added/changed: from the latest 2.7 Theme Editor:
- Code syntax highlighting (with tabs)
- Ability to edit the file name
- WordPress’ quicktags toolbar
- Drop-down list of theme files
- Separation of core and template files
- Theme file revisions (an awesome idea by my friend Travis Hines)
The additions/changes I made are pretty simple, but necessary. Who doesn’t like syntax highlighting? Or a bit of organization? What do you guys think? Would you also like to see an improvement to the built-in WordPress Theme Editor?