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Make Dashboard widgets more readable and less busy-looking #3093

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mattab opened this Issue · 9 comments

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@mattab
Owner

The Piwik dashboard is very useful and practical, but it can be a daunting for a first time user.

Each dashboard widget shows footer icons, pager, ... but they are usually rarely used. Especially since we store changes in the database and apply them when opening the dashboard again. Therefore we want to hide the widget footer by default but give users the possibility to "expand" the footer. Some reports that provide further controls should be able to add controls to this by default hidden footer to hide complexity. It's up to each report to define useful default values.

Also made the dataTable and All Websites Dashboard look nicer. For instance removed some borders.

@mattab
Owner

Attachment: example simpler dashboard design with only 3 css changes
lights switched off dashboard.png

@JulienMoumne
Collaborator

Great idea

Shouldn't this be built as a theme ? #177

@mattab
Owner

Maybe a bit too simple use case for a theme.

But maybe even better... Could we simplify the Piwik design such as in the screenshot by default for all dashboards? (and not make it an option)

Note: the widget border and bar would still display on hover on the datatable.

@mattab
Owner

In fact we could even

  • hide the Piwik logo
  • move up the whole screens & reports and save many pixels!
  • show the top menu on hover only (show with 50%opacity otherwise ?)

These changes + the clarification / opacity of the dashboard widgets would basically make a nice "full screen" piwik experience.

See also suggestion post at: http://sfew.websitetoolbox.com/post/Web-Analytics-Dashboard-for-Review-5932963

Icon could be: http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/8809/32/idea_light_bulb_power_icon and http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/3474/32/idea_light_bulb_tip_icon

or http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/54428/32/lightbulb_icon and http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/59272/32/lightbulb_icon

@mattab
Owner

What do you think about this?

@gka
Collaborator

Attachment:
piwik-lights-off.png

@halfdan
Collaborator

This is beautiful and will look even more beautiful when combined with a vertical menu (which I'll be working on for 2.x).

@mattab
Owner

Not as important now that we will have ability to easily theme piwik #3942

@mattab
Owner

reduced scope of ticket

Fixed in: #260

If you have more ideas on how we can make Piwik more usable and looking simpler, please let us know!

Your feedback is welcome

@tsteur tsteur was assigned by mattab
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