Allow users to more seamlessly create page-based nav menus during customization
|Reported by:||westonruter||Owned by:||westonruter|
|Component:||Customize||Keywords:||has-patch ux-feedback needs-testing has-screenshots|
Description (last modified by westonruter)
Upon first installing WordPress, new users may find themselves in the Customizer to set up their site, given the big blue Customizer button on the Dashboard. The new user experience (NUX) is one area highlighted in the roadmap. The number of tasks the user can do in the Customizer is largely a subset of what they can do in the WP admin. Most notably, one of the first things that a user may want to do is add pages to their site. I understand that new users to WordPress do not understand the nav menu item vs page distinction, and in the Customizer I am guessing that many users would expect to be able to add nav menu items for all of the pages they want to be on their site, whether they exist yet or not. This is not currently possible in the Customizer, meaning that users get stuck and have to exit the Customizer to create the pages and then come back into the Customizer to then create the nav menu items. This user flow blockage is a poor experience.
Authorship via Nav Menus
I propose that the UI for selecting an item to add a nav menu item should be extended with a button to add a new instance of the item type right there in the Customizer. If wanting to add a new page, then an editor overlay can appear over the preview which allows the user to supply the standard post/page fields such as the title and content via a TinyMCE editor (also allowing the setting of the featured image and page template would be useful, since these cannot be previewed via Post Preview either). This could serve as a first step toward a full post editor experience in the Customizer in a UI similar to Calypso on WordPress.com, but starting with just the title and content we can get our feet wet. Perhaps we could even fully re-use the post-editor in Calypso.
☞ Nota bene:
- I am not suggesting to add a post editor to the Customizer narrow pane, due to lack of space.
- Nothing would be removed from the post editor in the WP admin.
- The WP admin editor is where all of the plugin metaboxes would be accessible.
- Upon Save & Publish, the user can be provided edit post links to continue editing the newly added posts/pages in the WP admin to flesh out the basic content they added in the Customizer. In other words, the editor in the Customizer would be more like Quick Draft feature than the full post editor.
If adding a page in the Customizer via a nav menu item, it could also default the post_parent and menu_order to correspond to the location of the nav menu item when possible so that the page hierarchy could roughly correspond to the nav menu item hierarchy.
(To be clear, being in the Customizer, all manipulation of post/page content would be previewed: no changes would be written to the DB until hitting Save & Publish.)
Editing Existing Content
The same editor interface could also be used to edit existing posts and pages. There could also be a top-level panel for “Content” with sections for “Posts” and “Pages” which would allow editing any post/page that currently appears in the preview. The Customize Posts feature plugin has been developed which implements a proof of concept for this.
There should be edit post links added to nav menu item controls, for any nav menu item representing a saved post or page. This would currently have to open in a new tab, but eventually it could also open an in-Customizer editing experience.
Change History (108)
17 months ago
- Description modified (diff)
- Summary changed from Introduce basic page/post authorship in the Customizer to Introduce basic content authorship in the Customizer
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14 months ago
13 months ago
- Focuses accessibility added
- Keywords ui-feedback needs-testing added
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9 months ago
- Keywords has-screenshots added; ui-feedback removed
- Version set to 4.3
- Milestone changed from Future Release to 4.7
- Priority changed from normal to high
- Summary changed from Introduce basic content authorship in the Customizer to Allow users to more seamlessly create page-based nav menus during customization