Another recent change in the upcoming 3.8 release is the new admin menu structure. This was something that we (Dan Milward, Jane Wells and John James Jacoby) decided to do to ensure that our Plugin was aligned as closely with WordPress User Interface as possible. Heres to best practices!!
And here is what JJJ has to say about the new menu system;
The WordPress administration menus are made up of three main areas: The Dashboard, Objects, and Options. In WP e-Commerce 3.8, we’ve moved the admin menu items around a bit to help keep in alignment with this workflow.
The reason for this change is to help blend WP e-Commerce seamlessly into WordPress, so it feels like 1 complete platform rather than 2 separate ones working together. It also makes it easy to narrow down exactly what it is you’re trying to do, and concentrate on that specific task.
Products are now their own top level menu, and only contain the product specific information they require; Store wide notifications and information are located in your Dashboard; and Store settings and Marketing options are tucked in with the rest of your WordPress Settings.
We’d love to know what you think. As a community we have already decided to move the Marketing Menu further back up the hierarchy by giving it its own menu box, this was decided on the basis that coupons are standalone objects as opposed to them being a setting. See, nothing is set in stone. We’re flexible. But we like common sense.
So let us know your thoughts. What would you do differently? Or if you’re happy with the new look then tell us, we love warm fuzzies just as much as the next Plugin developer does 😉