One of my goals this summer is to contribute more to WordPress, the open source project we all know and love. To kick this off, I’ve started tickets for small improvements I think will make the software significantly more usable. You should follow the tickets if you want to help make them reality.
Currently on a multisite instance, the super admin must first navigate to the dashboard (using a link on the left in the admin bar) and then use a dropdown menu all of the way on right of the dashboard that requires a click to access the Network Admin. In short, this is frustratingly complex; there should be a way to easily access the Network Admin from the admin bar. I propose we add a “Network Admin” link for Super Admins in the account dropdown. Optionally, we could also add sub menus to the primary sections of the Network Admin.
It would be nice to have a “Reset” button in screen options to restore any given admin view back to the factory defaults.
In a multisite network, it’s often difficult to try and remember usernames, or a pain to search the users table, and then copy and paste the username you’ve found into the window with the form. Furthermore, site admins have no access to a global table of users to search and add from. If we can solve the scaling issues, it would be much better to be able to auto-suggest usernames when a site admin or super admin is adding a user to a site.
Currently, to add a single user to multiple sites, the super admin has to edit each site, add the user to the site, and then go on to the next site. To improve this workflow, it would tremendously useful to be able to add a single user to multiple sites in the network admin.
The view for adding a new user in single site instances includes many useful fields (e.g. first name, last name, a checkbox for whether the user should be emailed the password, etc.). We should replicate this in the network admin to keep the super admin from having to edit each individual profile.
P.S. If you can see this blog post, you’re reading it from a brand new server powered by Rackspace Cloud. Galleries didn’t make it in the import but I’ll fix those shortly.