I'm constantly annoyed by the Ning blog / forum layout for Admins. The extra "Admin Options" box that pushes the input area to the left and messes up the whole view. In fact the Admin on a Ning network has a problem adding content because we don't see our posts the same way the members / visitors do.
My suggestion for a better implementation is simple: just move them up to the top and place them horizontally like the navigational menu.
I've made a mock up below to illustrate my point. I have to sign out of my network to see my how my content looks like, I hope the silliness in this is obvious to everyone.
So I hope Ning can move this around.
It's not just with the blogs. It's also like that when creating a "page".
There is a way around it. Create your blog, page, group, etc onto Dreamweaver and then copy/paste.
Really like this idea
We agree! Content should be displayed to us the same way it would be to our members in all possible cases.
We are working on this right now. See Nick's post at http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/coming-soon-a-clean-consistent
Look for it early next year.
well Patrick - that's why I'm taking the time to thank all of you for implementing the idea :). It's cause I am quite aware this has already been announced (as I wrote).
Still it's always nice to get a Ning comment in a thread - appreciate it! And I think you are doing the right thing here! In fact the more I think of it the better I like the idea of hiding these features in a drop down menu instead of my suggestion illustrated above. Great work guys! Thanks!
I really hope you guys can see the logic behind having the "featurED" status indicator readily visible without having to go to the drop down menu for each photo.
I keep forgetting to feature photos now ....