Secret Sneak Peak of an Admin

Being married to one of the lead programmers of CoreCommerce means I get to see what’s coming before everyone else. I admit I stopped using their software a year or so back in favour of WooCommerce and WordPress, but they’re still great for sites that need to have a full eCommerce solution. A big reason of why I stopped using the cart was that I wasn’t a big fan of their admin system though – it was terribly complicated and hard to use, as they have so many features everything got kind of lost. Coding for it wasn’t too difficult, but just finding simple settings took several seconds to locate and often I’d just give up and harass the husband.

So I was quite excited when I heard they hired a fantastic designer, based somewhere around here outside of London, to start redoing the entire admin area. Being the lover of good UX that I am, I’ve made sure to pay plenty of attention to their design meetings and give plenty of (totally unasked for) comments and advice on how best to do things. I’m really happy to see where they’re going with everything. The new UI is very clean, simple to use and uses progressive disclosure to its best. No longer will you be bombarded with 500 settings on one page that you don’t need or care about! Plus everything is nice and large, and easy to press. They’re even discussing how to make an easy mobile version of the UI.

I was able to get some screen shots of the new UI for you guys to take a peek at. What do you think?

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I’m looking forward to falling back in love with CoreCommerce and using it for some of my new client projects. They’ve already started launching some of the new screens and aim to be completely finished with the new designs by the middle of the year.

That’s not to say I’m forgetting about my beloved WooCommerce though, which is great for smaller sites that need less features. Although we’ve had a rocky start and I’ve tweeted lots about how much I hated it, the more I’ve worked with Woo, the more I’ve been able to enjoy developing in it. The documentation for it still sucks, but I’m now able to figure out how to do most customisations in it. I don’t use any of their WC themes, but instead start from my basic Hijinksified theme like I do regular WP themes. It’s great to FINALLY start seeing nicely designed, easy to use and easy to develop in eCommerce solutions. That section of the internet has been way overdue.