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Revamped BLOX CMS user interface offers improved performance, color scheme, and a fast-access menu

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In this week's major release of BLOX CMS, we are making significant improvements to the user interface to create a smooth, flat design with improved performance and a new menu.

Fewer complications means a simpler site

New fast-access menu

We've cut back on gradations, bright boxes and colorful icons. Now, the user interface features a fresh, modern look and feel that is easier on the eyes.

New fast-access menu makes switching applications easy

The new drop down menu in the upper-left, featuring a snap back option, makes it easy to access applications. In addition, the menu includes a pin icon to allow you to pin the menu in place. Using this feature, you can have the new menu available as a side panel all the time for fast-access to all of your applications. If you want to switch back to snap back mode, just unpin the menu and it will become a drop down again.

In addition to the new menu behaviors, we've made some changes to the application order as well. Application groups are now ordered based on popularity:

  • Editorial is at the top
  • Then Design, which has the Block editor, Forms and more
  • Community (which used to be the first listed) is now third in line
  • Then Marketplace
  • And other applications

New settings panel features large square icon boxes

The settings panel has been redesigned to have bigger icons and better categorization. This will help site administrators find the vital panels and controls they need to manage their site.

Settings panel

Moving the "View site" option allows more room for content

"View site" options are now available under the "Active site" drop-down at the top of the admin. This move allows us to entirely remove the bottom pane of the admin interface, freeing up more room for content.

Preview functionality

Read the detailed release notes here.

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