I'm taking a look at this admin module:
It's new and a little candy, but might help people feel more comfortable in adopting Drupal.
Give it a try and be sure to disable admin_menu.
Looks like it may be a nice module for an admin interface.
I look forward to hearing more about it in the future. I may have to set up a test env. where I can give it a whirl. Thanks for the interesting find.
Looks like the -dev version has been patched to not conflict with admin_menu namespace and js conflict
Haven't confirmed - but about to download and try it out. Thanks for the find!
I just had to review this module for inclusion in a major project and my recommendation was no. It looks nicer, and the terminology is maybe a little easier for non-experts ( "Users" is now "People" ) but I found the following problems:
1 . No details. Some of my customers are extremely un-computer savvy and love the Drupal UI. I attribute this to the front end content editing capability and the administration menu that lists all your tools with detailed descriptions of what they do. In the admin module interface, it seems you can only view one section at a time.
2 . Different terminology ( "Users" is now "People" ). Changing the labels of the admin sections will confuse anyone with past Drupal experience, and also complicates communication as the code will surely still keep the $user object and all the user functions.
3 . Different layout. The tabs are on the right in the admin module interface, whereas every Drupal theme I've seen (Garland, Zen, etc) has them on the right. You might be amazed by how many people would complain that they have different tabs on their user account than they do in the admin menu.
4 . Breaks stuff in D6. I installed with Ubercart and found some of the menu options disappeared. Although admin module is core in D7, I did a test install and found that they've fixed this.
So I'll be sticking with the plain old admin interface. Drupal probably does lose some ground to fancier looking CMSs like Joomla, and as a community we need to address that but we can't do it by sacrificing user friendliness. I also have to admit that as a contractor who needs to pitch to clients, showing them a cool flashy CMS interface can really boost your "first impression factor", but I've always won them over by showing them what they can do with Drupal and explaining how I made a clear choice to use it based on its flexibility, all the great contrib modules and the strength of the framework that makes building their site a lot more cost-effective. We should work on sexying up Drupal, but simplicity, consistency and clear navigation are key.
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