We spend a lot of time talking about technology in the office; usually work related but not always! This week we’ve been discussing content management systems (CMSs), and what features you find most useful in a CMS. One that came up top was a front-end admin bar – for example, once you are logged into WordPress, every page of your website will by default give direct access to a limited selection of admin controls via the menu that is generated above each page. Obviously people who aren’t logged in will never see this menu, but for administrators it can be a godsend. For smaller websites with just a handful of content pages it’s pretty easy to go into the admin and choose the page you want to edit. However, for larger websites this can be a bit cumbersome, and no general backend menu that I’ve ever seen can match a well designed mega menu when dealing with large numbers of pages.
Having this wonderful, easy to use menu on the front-end (something that is a real selling point when talking to clients) does not go to waste when it comes to administrators, and frequently we use this as a method of finding a page to edit, and then using the handy admin bar at the top we can edit the content. When you’re dealing with dozens of websites with a hundred pages or more, it’s a real time saver. However, what got us talking is when we started wondering how this came about. Did some bright spark realise how much better front-end menus are, and then simply add a way to edit pages on the front-end? Or did some think it would be nice simply to be able to edit the page your looking at, and only later realise how much time this feature would save by allowing administrators to navigate using the front-end menu?
Either way, to whoever introduced this feature to the world, thank you!