Sitecore has greatly improved its UI since I first looked at it (v4). It definitely gone from traditional to innovative. Sitecore has come up with so many new UIs in the past few releases that it I want to make sure that the UI experts don’t forget about some of the original apps’ usability as well. Just to give you an idea of how things have progressed in the current UI paradigm:
- typical tree-lists, collapsible panels, pop-ups, customizable buttons, ribbons, page editor, and other Windows innovations
- Media Library’s improvements on uploads, alt text entry, drag & drop, and thumbnail generation
- OMS revealed a new set of UI elements such as its graphical reports, Word-like reports and toolbars, and report designer
- Email Campaign Manager has the Preview mode that actually grabs data not from the current item but as a collection of everything underneath it
I haven’t checked other apps that are coming out but I’m sure some other UIs might be forthcoming. There’s even the custom field types on the Shared Source that you can use such as the carousel. These are all great improvements, but let’s not forget to improve some of the older Sitecore apps out there.
The list below are just some of the things I’ve noticed that could help a Sitecore user. These are simple (not sure about the implementation) improvements that can help make the UIs more usable. I’m not saying that I can’t currently do what I’m trying to accomplish (i.e. refresh in the User Manager can be done by closing the app and firing it up again), but these improvements will cut down some of the “brute force” user experience we currently have.
Disclaimer: These are not all-inclusive…I’m sure I’ll notice more (or retract some) but if you have anything to add, just comment below and let the Sitecore community know.
- Refresh button to update the list of users
- Enable the “Drag a column to this area to group by it” or maybe a similar filtering; very useful for sites with extranets and ECM subscribers
- Column sort
- Context pop-up menu instead of “select user” then use the button on the toolbar
Security Editor/Access Viewer
- Combine Security Editor and Access Viewer to see the effects of security changes
- Refresh button on Access Viewer
- Jump to content section not just a field
- If My Toolbar is defined, make it the first ribbon
- Pre-defined set of My Toolbar customizations based on user’s roles (and can be part of user’s profile)
- Remove Media Library and Workbox by default to make the Content Editor quicker (I think most people use those as separate apps – and normally you have separate roles who might using those)
- Keep Ribbon and Page Editor buttons always visible (no scrolling)
- Context pop-up menu since sometimes sometimes the content can be too long and scrolling is needed
- Enable My Toolbar with appropriate buttons auto-disabled/enabled
- Multi-select to do typical “Windows Explorer-like” functions such as delete and move
Well, that’s it for now. This post is not meant to list a set of future features that I’d like to see; otherwise, it’ll be a very long post. Anyway, if you have more to add, comment below.