WordPress Plugin : Move “Publish” Away From “Save”

I’ve created a simple plugin based on an idea somebody posted on WordPress Extend Ideas

Right now, when you’re drafting a WordPress post in WP 2.5.1, the “Save” and “Publish” buttons are right next to each other.

It’s generally a bad thing in user interface heuristics to put a destructive or non-undoable action (such as delete document, publish blog entry, send e-mail, etc.) right next to a button that you access frequently and often automatically (like “Save”).

In WordPress, this makes it easy to publish a half-finished post when you’re really trying to click “Save.”
Regardless, it would be smart to move “Publish” away from “Save.” Save us all the embarrassment of publishing half finished posts that get cached or picked up via RSS immediately.

Plugin Description

This suggestion makes perfect sense to me, so I went ahead and implemented it in a tiny WP plugin. The plugin adds a bit of CSS to the appropriate admin pages, which moves the “Publish” button to the right side of the sidebar(-thing). As an added bonus it also moves the “Delete post” out of the way.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of how the panel looks in the default theme (left) and how it looks after the plugin is activated (right) –

WordPress Plugin Screenshot


move-publish-button.zip (less thank 2 Kb)

The plugin code is released under LGPL.

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