First, a narrative…
I came across Holly about a year and a half ago. She landed in my Twitter DMs. She was having an issue getting Highlight and Share working with her Elegant Themes site. I went over to the site, inspected the divs, and told her which CSS class to put in her settings. Super easy peasy from a support perspective.
She ended up leaving a kind review. And that was that.
Fast forward a year and a half to the present and she DMs me concerned. She was concerned I had abandoned Highlight and Share. I let it slip through a few versions of WordPress. It was a plugin that was in a state of neglect. It was still working for me, and it only has about 2,000 users, so it slipped into whatever territory.
After I shared why I have been neglecting it, she linked me to a LinkedIn group where the concern was public.
I was like, crap. So I did the bare minimum and updated the Tested Up To portion of my readme after several tests to make sure it still works. I also use it on my own site, so I’m confident that it wouldn’t break anything.
Holly was thankful I updated it as she could update the group.
After getting Highlight and Sharing enabled on her site, she noticed a few major bugs with the plugin. The Copy link didn’t work for all the variations (text, inline-highlight, block). WhatsApp and LinkedIn no longer worked. They received new endpoints.
So I fixed those bugs. And I was set from there. But I had a thought. What if I could give Highlight and Share a rebrand? Document it better. Have a proper landing page. I’m thinking, “It has 2,000 users. It’s not worth it.” But I needed a “mental” break from the plugin I was coding.
As I thought about it more, I thought a little sprucing up might make it look better on paper.
Creating Admin UIs kinda excite me. I figured I could practice with a refresh of Highlight and Share. What could go wrong? 🙂
I didn’t like the existing logo, so after what seemed like an endless search for one, I finally settled on something that is a share icon with a human aspect to it.
I got the icon on Adobe Stock. Speaking of which, I can’t remember if I already have the extended license or not.
I refreshed the font family of the masthead and settled for something darker so brighter colors stand out more without being too overwhelming.
Here’s the old one:
And here’s the new one:
After that, I felt like Forrest Gump; I had come this far. Gotta keep running.
Soooooo… I decided to write a bunch of documentation and refresh the admin panel.
Writing the docs took so much longer than refreshing the admin. I had already decided on a color palette, so the admin refresh was mostly proper containers and CSS.
For brevity, here’s the old admin panel:
And here’s the new one:
So that’s that!
As far as Holly? I got her stamp of approval.