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OxS user home layout changes when hoting multiple journals

Postby ramon » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:14 pm

Hello all,

This is not necessarily an error, but it is confusing to users.
When hosting multiple journals, the user home displays all user roles in every journal.
Each journal may have its own layout, but the user home always changes back to the default (portal/host view).
If there is a different CSS for each hosted journal, especially sideblocks, navigation items, and other customizations, the user home should reflect the current journal visited.
The main user home should only be displayed if the user so desires, maybe as a profile configuration option.
Then, when visiting a journal and clicking the user home, the page displayed would be the journal's page, with a visible link to access all journals.

Also, it would be interesting to add to OxS a greater separation between the "public" face and the "administration" or "content management" face, which would allow the journal to have a very different look on the outside as well as on the inside.

Another CMS-like feature would be to add a template changer to the "content management/administration" face, so the user could choose how to organize the tools available, instead of having someone else decide.
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Re: OxS user home layout changes when hoting multiple journals

Postby jmacgreg » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:28 pm

Hi Ramón,

Thanks for the comments! I've already posted a feature request suggesting that, for single-journal installs, non-admin users always be redirected to the journal's User Home page (see http://pkp.sfu.ca/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=6563). You may also be interested in reading and contributing to http://pkp.sfu.ca/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=2280 as well -- Brian Gregg has added a fair amount of detail on how he sees this working, and we'll definitely be looking into it when we can.

In the longer term -- I think you'll be seeing a greater distinction between the front- and back-ends of our applications as time goes on, likely something that replicates how eg. Wordpress handles the distinction; I think some of this is already found in OMP, but we'll have to wait until OMP is out the door first before moving any of that back to our other applications.

Cheers,
James
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