3.3 Administrator panel has a whole new look. It’s much cleaner, sleeker and easier to navigate. Below are some of the features that I noticed at first glance in the area.
1. TheDisplays Menu Item Stats
In3.3 Menu Manager, you will see that the Menu manager now displays stats of how many menu items you have published, unpublished, and trashed. Also there is a column for Modules that are linked to that menu.
2. Direct Linking to the Menu Items
Also referring to the image above, if you click any of the menu links, it will bring you to a list of their Menu Item. Before, if you clicked on it, it would edit the Menu, but not it serves as a direct linking to Menu Items.
3. Menu Items Advanced Search Tools
In the Menu Items, there is a new button ‘ Search Tools’. This just expands the ability to search based on Status, Max Levels, Access and Language. Some of these options were available before, but now they put it in a “hidden location” so the page looks cleaner.
4. Sort Menu Items Order
Referring to the image above, you can see at the top right corner, there is ability to sort the menu items in descending or ascending order. The drop down to see more than 20 items used to be at the bottom, now it’s at the top.
5. Menu Item Title is Visible
When editing a Menu Item, the title is now visible whenever you switch to another tab i.e., if you are editing the ‘Link Type’ or ‘Module Assignment’, you will still be able to see which Menu Item you are editing.
6. Menu Location on the Right
Referring to the image above, the Menu location, parent item, ordering, and status fields are now on the right side of the screen. All fields in the past were listed in one column. I don’t know why they decided to separate them.
7. Joomla 3.3 Administrator Panel is Responsive
As you can see from the image below, when I resize the Administrator panel the content auto wraps to fit the window I’m viewing. The option button bar all fall under the “toolbar’ drop down list. This makes the site extremely easier to use and manage. I love it.
There are other changes as well. I will post my findings later.