[2009-04-12]. Tangofy 0.2.0 adds Turkish, by Semih Aksu (wpuzmani.com).
What is Tangofy
Tangofy is a plugin that:
- Replaces the default menu of WordPress 2.7 with better, more helpful icons.
- Dispenses with Black & White. All link states have full colour.
- Hides the 32×32 icons. (Or shows them, if you prefer.)
You can select among five (5) icons sets—thanks to the Options code contributed by Josh— or even use your own set!
Here are the five included sets, next to the default icons:
- WordPress default
- Tango (Tangofy default)
- Tango 2
- Fugue Shadowless
Get Tangofy for a better WordPress experience!
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard › Plugins › Add New
- Type Tangofy in the search box and hit Search
- Click Install
- Click Activate Plugin
- Go to Dashboard › Settings › Tangofy, and select the icons that work best for you
- Vote for Tangofy!
Alternatively, to install manually:
- Download the ZIP archive: downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/tangofy.zip
- Extract the tangofy folder and upload it to wp-content/plugins
- Activate Tangofy in Dashboard › Plugins
- Go to Dashboard › Settings › Tangofy, to select the set that works best for you
- Vote for Tangofy!
The full story
How Tangofy came about...
In November 2008 a new icon set appeared in the development version of WordPress 2.7. It was not the first time the new set appeared in public, and, like many others who follow WordPress news, I had seen the new icons before and I had also voted for them in the poll conducted to select the new icon set. However, seeing them for the first time in the actual environment they were designed for, the WordPress administration area, was different. They were not good and I was not happy.
To quote junap, who put it concisely at the WP.org forums, the icons didn’t “actually help [me] as visual shortcuts. I need[ed] to read the text to interpret them.” Which, of course, is the reverse of what UI icons are supposed to do! :-|
Since the icons were not helpful, my first thought was to remove them. It turned out there was already a plugin for that: Hide Admin Icons by Barry Ceelen. — But then I thought again: Why not look and see if there are good ready-to-use UI icons that can provide appropriate metaphors for WordPress? It was not an easy search, and looking at hundreds of tiny 16×16 icons was taxing to my eyes, but I liked the result!
I made a few alternative icon sets and a few screenshots, and I opened a ticket at the WordPress bugtracker, suggesting that it was probably not too late to improve the menu icons of WordPress 2.7. The ticket was closed and wontfixed (had the tag “wontfix” added to it) promptly, but then filosofo and Viper007Bond commented to suggest that I could probably make this into a plugin and that it was actually an easy plugin to make, thanks to the way the menu icons were coded into WordPress.
The thought had occured to me before, but I don’t think I would have tried without the prompting by filosofo and Viper007Bond. Among other reasons, I did not believe—and don’t believe now either— that a plugin was the way to deal with this. In any case, I made a plugin for my own use, a very simple one, that did exactly what I wanted: Replaced the iconset with one that was more useful to me. I sent the plugin to Josh Wood asking what he thought, and Josh kindly offered to write an options page, so that people could select among alternative icon sets.
That’s the story of Tangofy for WordPress up to version 0.1.0! :-)
Do you like the result yourself? Do you agree it is an improvement? Do you disagree? Do you have a suggestion for a better admin menu or for better metaphors? Did you find a bug in Tangofy?
Please, leave a comment to say what you think! You are most welcome!
- Updated Fugue Shadowless screenshot for Tangofy v. 0.1.9.
- Updated screenshots and page for Tangofy v. 0.1.7.
- Updated screenshots for Tangofy v. 0.1.2.
- Updated screenshots for Tangofy v. 0.1.1.
- Updated page for Tangofy v. 0.1.0.
- Tangofy is now hosted at wordpress.org/extend — adapted page accordingly.