WordPress admin: Give them just what they need or give them everything?

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theMOLITOR
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Need vs Want

When it comes to WordPress admin panels, are tons of options better, or just the core options needed?

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ThemesDepot
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i think giving essential options is better, filling the administration panel with options that would more or less be useless in a template, would likely only cause confusion to the end user…

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FRESHFACE
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What about:

“The more theme sells, the more options add”

In other words, release a theme with a basic options and if the theme starts to sell very well, you can add more to encourage the sales etc.

Because if you’ve got a theme with little sales, there is no way that adding more options (which takes more of your valuable time) can result in significantly more sales.

But if you’ve got theme which sells very good, that’s a whole different story – you can pump that cash cow as much as you can ;)

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“The more theme sells, the more options add”

I get what you’re saying, but you’re assuming more options are better.

What I’m trying to figure out is if more options really are better.

Take the iPhone for example. It does a lot, but it doesn’t do EVERYTHING . Is that bad though? Apple usually takes the stance that “we’ll give them what WE want to give them because people don’t know what they really want” (not a direct quote, just a hypothetical theory).

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luckykind
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What about:

“The more theme sells, the more options add”

In other words, release a theme with a basic options and if the theme starts to sell very well, you can add more to encourage the sales etc.

Because if you’ve got a theme with little sales, there is no way that adding more options (which takes more of your valuable time) can result in significantly more sales.

But if you’ve got theme which sells very good, that’s a whole different story – you can pump that cash cow as much as you can ;)

+1 – This guy makes sense… I think he’s going to go far…

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FRESHFACE
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“The more theme sells, the more options add”

I get what you’re saying, but you’re assuming more options are better.

What I’m trying to figure out is if more options really are better.

Take the iPhone for example. It does a lot, but it doesn’t do EVERYTHING . Is that bad though? Apple usually takes the stance that “we’ll give them what WE want to give them because people don’t know what they really want” (not a direct quote, just a hypothetical theory).

Ah, sorry man, now I get what was your original point. Well in this case buyers don’t have to see the admin panel before purchase – when they are buying iphone they know what it is because they’ve already had it in hands.

I think it’s really hard to decide this. Logically it’s not good to have one or another. This more comes down to some kind of compromise, like having a “main screen” with basic settings and then having an “advance screen” with more and advanced options. But this again comes down to how good your theme sells so you won’t waste much time on it.

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theMOLITOR
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This more comes down to some kind of compromise…

I would agree with this. Progressive enhancement (depending on sales volume) is a great idea.

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timstl
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I recently built a theme with a TON of options. So far sales aren’t too great—only about 2 per day. The main reason I built this, though, was because I wanted to really dive in and learn everything I could about WordPress themeing, and how to really create something flexible. I pretty much added every single idea I have come up with over the last 6 months, and now for the future I know how to code those things if I need to.

I don’t want to say the bare minimum is better for sales, though. I think there is a middle ground. In the future what I’m going to do is outline every option I can think of, and then start removing stuff that only adds value for a handful of people. In the end you end up with some good, useful admin options without overloading the user.

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celtathemes
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I think that less options is better.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that our clients do not know as much as we do. Some of them only know a small % of what Wordpress offers.

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OllieMcCarthy
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Interesting thread. I put a ton of options in my latest theme and it seems to have worked out ok. I don’t know if I’ll put as many options in my next theme as it eats up a ridiculous amount of time coding them in.

You have to ask – Is having a bucket-load of options a selling point for the majority of buyers?

Also, you have to ask – How do I weigh up putting in such a huge amount of time(ie. options) into something that is essentially a gamble?

These are some of the things I’m asking myself as I design my new theme.

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