WordPress Dark Admin concept

I spent a couple evenings a week or so working on an updated design for WordPress. I just wanted to see where I could go with it. There’s no current plan to implement it (other than maybe spinning up another MP6 and fiddling with things). It’s far from feature complete, but I think it’s at a good point to share and get some feedback.

The dashboard

Dark admin

The site activity head map is the headliner change here (other than, you know a bunch of other stuff). I think it’s time we did some encouragement right up front from the dashboard at a glance. If you look closely, you can see the dropdown that I was imagining would allow changing what information was presented on the heat map (comment activity, viewers, etc).

The top bar has been totally removed as a thing. You’ll see a bit more in the next screenshot. It’s still there in spirit, but no longer feels like yet another toolbar.

The Editor

Dark admin editor

I took some ideas from some of the work we’ve been doing on WordPress.com as well as some of the ideas I implemented in Press This V1. (still missing pieces like the kitchen sink) I’m not sold on the right column meta boxes yet and haven’t messed much with custom fields, but it’s a start.


Dark admin settings

I think it’s about time Settings got some major love.


I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you’re interested on jamming on something like this. Go!

How to unfuck permissions

When working with npm (Node Package Manager), I picked up the horrible habit of throwing a sudo in front of npm install or npm up. Usually, I only did it when I got an error. This is bad. It becomes a headache at some point. Here’s how to unfuck the permissions of the folder:

  1. Do this: sudo chown -R $USER ~/.npm
  2. And this: sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local/lib/node_modules
  3. And, if you get an error, maybe do the sudo chown -R $USER bit on the folder in question.

chown -R $USER simply changes the ownership to the user recursively to all the stuff in the folder.

Why I’m a Designer Part 1.5: Design Emergencies | alternatekev

Users hate the new placement of the button for the feature we shipped last week. No one can figure out where to find it and they’re throwing bricks through our windows.

Desktop Software Designer: “We can hide under our desks until the next release literally ships to physical stores 12 months from now. People will have to drive a car to buy it.”

Web Designer: “I just moved it back. Let’s figure out a way not to have that happen again. But if it does, we can still just move it back.”

Source: Why I’m a Designer Part 1.5: Design Emergencies | alternatekev

Lessons learned from my quadcopter


I’ve always kinda wanted a drone, but assumed they were all big and crazy expensive. I didn’t want to fork over that kind of cash on something I know I’d crash immediately.

A little over a week ago I purchased my first drone, the Hubsan X4, for $36 thanks to some encouragement from a friend of mine (who still owes me a race). And it’s effing awesome. I’ve become pretty decent at flying it around and thought I’d share some lessons.

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Adios Vagrant, hello again MAMP (Pro)

I’ve been using VVV (Varying Vagrant Vagrants) for a bit over a year now with a few helper scripts for WordPress development primarily, but alas it’s time to end our relationship. The upkeep time isn’t worth it. It’s caused my computer to crash on a few occasions now. I’m not saying it’s bad by any means (it’s pretty dang awesome when it’s working), but it’s a bit more than I need with more moving pieces than I’d like.

Here’s a bit on my process moving from VVV to other stuff.
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