So I was giddy as a clam when I happened to hear that WordPress 4.3 beta 1 was available for testing I knew I had to do a video testing out the new Menu Customizer functionality.
Ever since the decision was made to merge the Menu Customizer plugin into the core of WordPress the WordPress community has been buzzing with opposition and fiery debate. As a matter of fact, things have never felt so divisive in the WordPress community as they do now over this Customizer fiasco.
Can a feature really divide a community?
Let’s be honest. A lot of the people staunchly opposed to Menu Customizer have never used the plugin before. I’ve tried to adopt a rather neutral stance on the whole issue until I actually had a chance to test it out.
What does a pug have to do with all of this?
It’s simple. Everyone loves dogs. Because you know, ‘MERICA! (Or what ever country you’re from). Of all the canines out there pugs are especially adorable and I happen to own one.
When you see something adorable (my pug), next to something you hate (the Menu Customizer) it’s hard to be mad at the WordPress core team with a dough eyed pug staring at you.
Perhaps we can be a little more objective about all sorts of things if we throw cute animals in there.
I mean why not put a petting zoo in the DMV?
HELLO! YES I WANT TO TAKE MY DRIVING TEST AGAIN!
Watch as my pug Daisy joins me for a first look at the Menu Customizer.
Note: In spite of my initial impressions, this feature is still currently in beta so things are still quite a bit buggy.
Here are my main takeaways,
- The Menu Customizer isn’t yet ready for prime time.
- Seeing menus change on the front end is useful in removing a layer of abstraction between the Dashboard and what’s actually happening on site.
- The sky isn’t falling.
- The core team should consider putting pictures of cute animals in the Customizer.