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My Suggestions for the vBulletin 4.0 User Interface.


  • My Suggestions for the vBulletin 4.0 User Interface.

    Here is a list of my suggestions that I would like to see in the vBulletin 4.0 user interface. These aren't necessarily design issues but things I would like to see.

    1) Reduction of dropdowns. I know its hard to offer controls to features in a limited space. But instead of a forum tools menu, it would be nice if we had a widget bar with control icons. Also the search box should not be hidden and should be context sensitive. What drop down menus are left should be done with CSS unordered lists for a lighter application.

    2) PNG icons and buttons throughout. Even if they are matted and don't support alpha-transparency, they should be used. This will allow easier style changes and people can use alpha transparent PNG files for great effects in their layouts.

    3) Lightboxes for image attachments. Hover over the thumbnail and the larger one appears. No clicking, no loading a new page.

    4) URLs that open in the same browser window by default. Users should know by now to right-click or CTRL-Click links to open in a new tab or window. This would provide a better consistent flow with other existing Web 2.0 applications and pave the way for XHTML Strict.

    5) Advanced CSS editor without the boxes. Just show me the entire thing if possible.

    6) Include EditArea in the template and plugin editor for line numbering, search and other features.

    I am sure I will come up with more as time goes on. I am not a developer and don't know if they will get implemented but better to post them.

    • Kihon Kata
      Kihon Kata commented
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      I'd like to see more of a "modular" upgrade/install system as far as making a smoother upgrade so that users with modified templates don't have to revert so many.

      Also I'd like to see a modular plugin for adding pages OUTSIDE vB so users can utilize the permissions on outside pages without having to go to the ORG.


    • Kensino
      Kensino commented
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      I think vBulletin needs a better user interface as well. I have posted a few comments on the suggestions forum. Its time for an upgrade.

    • Trevor Hannant
      Trevor Hannant commented
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      Wonder how many of these suggestions are gonna make it in!
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