Fresh Feature Alert: Page Action Menu

This weekend we rolled out a fresh batch of new features that many of you have asked for: a page action menu, member profile pages, and a new text editor toolbar. I’ll take a detailed look at what’s new over the next three days.

First up is a new page action menu visible when you click the down-arrow next to your page tab:

Wikispaces page action menu closed

Wikispaces page action menu open

We’re big believers in simplicity in our user interface, but we found there were a few frequently-requested links that were a bit too buried in the wiki administration pages for our liking. These links have now been rolled under the new page menu. All visitors will see links to a printable view of the current page as well as a ‘what links here?’ page, also known as backlinks in the wiki world. Space organizers will also be able to rename, delete, redirect, and lock the current page without having to visit the page list in ‘Manage Space’.

For those of you on our Plus, Super, or Private Label plans who are using our full HTML + CSS custom theme system, you might be wondering: “where’s my page action menu?!” Fear not – it’s there, it’s just hiding. We didn’t want to surprise you with a feature that may not fit in with style, layout, or functionality of your wiki. More details below on how to bring the menu out of hiding*.

Tomorrow, I’ll dig into our second new feature, member profile pages. See you then!


* Got a custom theme? You can enable the page action menu by adding appropriate CSS styles to display both the menu button (#WikiPageSubMenuControl) and the menu below it (#WikiPageSubMenu). If you’re using our standard gradient tabs, this is really easy. First, add in our new common theme stylesheet:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/s/theme_common.css" type="text/css" />

Then, remove from your theme the classes now defined in this new stylesheet, namely .WikiPageMenu*, .WikiNotice*, .WikiBanner*. That’s it!

If you’ve customized the style of your menu, take a look at theme_common.css. You’ll need to set up the .WikiPageSubMenu* classes in a way that makes sense for your menu.

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5 Comments

  1. reuw
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Hi
    I went to my wiki (jerusalem.wikispaces.com) to look for this feature, but didn’t see it. Wa’ happened?
    Reuven

  2. Posted July 12, 2007 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Right you are. It looks like some users of our Bubble theme weren’t updated to the latest version when we added this menu. I’ve fixed your wiki and we’ll fix everyone else today as well.

    Thanks!
    James

  3. Posted July 12, 2007 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi James,

    We have a private label and are using the Original theme. I can’t see the Page Action Menu — I don’t see the arrow. I am using a Mac. Could that be the problem?

    Thanks.
    Judith

  4. Posted July 12, 2007 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Judith,

    We haven’t yet pushed the new themes to Private Labels yet — if you’d like to have this feature in your theme, please let us know at help@wikispaces.com.

    Thanks,
    James

  5. Posted July 31, 2007 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    This is great! I am most happy about this change because it will help me as I work with the pages that students create and MISNAME! Great job!

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