Wait a second, really?
Is customizing the WordPress admin going to become the next big marketplace for premium plugins and such? I know that a lot of people are hot and heavy about the admin UI, especially with stuff like the MP6 plugin but the general feel that the WordPress dashboard look and feel symptomatic of a burgeoning marketplace for admin plugins?
Now sure, I know there have been a few that have been around for a while but I’ve seen more traffic into our inboxes as of late with new plugins, new looks, new concept work than ever before. In fact, even entirely new businesses that are focused on building a product line around them.
Take a look:
WP Quick Admin Themes? Really?
One of their first products is called Lime Green and has been submitted to the repository (you can download it here if you want to try it out). Check out these screenshots:
I’m sorry to say this but it looks terrible to me and isn’t something I would even consider installing on any site that I managed or owned.
This isn’t to discourage you from going and making one more awesome – by all means, rock my world, but I think a combination of a new look needs to be more than just a coat of puke-lime-green paint. Make the user-experience better for me if you’re going to put in some effort, right?
I’m sure someone will come along (or already has) and do something of significance and even build a growing marketplace for admin themes – I’m just not seeing it quite yet.