Views for the average Joe
by Jeff Noyes
The primary goal of DrupalGardens is to maximize Drupal adoption. Since Drupal adoption amongst developers is taking off like a rocket ship, we’ve focused the majority of our attention on site builders and designers. To succeed at attracting these types, Drupal—and the modules we’ve decided to include—need to be easy to use.
My latest endeavor is to simplify Views. The vast majority of Drupal sites use Views but learning it is a challenge. For designers inexperienced with Drupal (our primary target), Views is just too hard. Simple Views is closer, but unfortunately Simple Views isn’t powerful enough. This got me thinking… “why is the delta between Simple Views and Views so large?
Armed with that question, I set out to leverage the majority of the Views interface, but restrict or redesign aspects that are historically confusing, i.e., arguments, multiple display types, relationships, etc. The end result is not as powerful as Views, but is easier to use.
This is only round 2 of the designs (the first was a straight port of the existing Views interface). So, I’m wide open to suggestions. Would this work for you?