October 30th, 2013

Navigating LuxSci is now more intuitive for members

LuxSci is updating the layout and organization of some of its menus to make locating certain settings and configuration options much more intuitive, and to reduce the number of clicks required to get to the most used ones.

In particular, these changes impact the “tree” of menu options available for users to configure their own settings and for administrators to manage their users.

(This change is scheduled to be released live during the evening of October 30th, Eastern Time, USA).

How have things being reorganized?

1. Most Commonly Used Items to the Top

We have moved the “Contact Information” and “Change Password” pages to the top of the menu and out of the old “My Profile” area.  These are frequently used and should be very easily found.

For High Volume accounts, the “Approved From Addresses” page has also been moved to the top.

The “Account” top menu now includes all of these pages for direct access from any page of our Web Interface.

2. Consolidated Security Settings

We have gotten rid of the “My Profile” area, so the items related to account and login security have been moved to a new area called “Security”.  We have also moved several pages found formerly under “Preferences” in here, as this is logically where they belong (i.e. Firewall settings and General Security settings).

The “Account” top menu now includes an option to get to this new Security section directly.

3. Re-organize “My Email Tools”

The Email Tools section was previously organized by what settings affected inbound email vs outbound email, and all user preferences related to this were separated into the previous “Preferences” area.  While that arrangement was logical in some ways, it was not intuitive for finding the settings a user needs.  We have removed “My Email Tools” and replaced it with two new sections:

Email Flow Controls – for tools that affect what happens to email as it flows into or out of LuxSci.  This area now includes:

  1. AutoResponders (e.g. vacation / away notices)
  2. Forwarding (inbound and outbound)
  3. SPAM Filtering (for Basic Spam Filter settings)
  4. Custom Filters
  5. Downloading or email via POP from other accounts

Email Settings – for configuration options regarding use of email.  This area includes:

  1. Manage (email) Folders
  2. WebMail Settings
    1. WebMail Signatures
    2. WebMail Email Composition Options
    3. WebMail Message Reading Options
  3. SecureLine Settings
  4. Tagline / Disclaimer
  5. Digests and Alerts
  6. Spotlight Mailer

The “Email” top menu now includes these menu options and all of the submenu options they contain so that users can quickly access these pages from anywhere in our site.

4. WebAide Settings

This area has been renamed from “My WebAide Tools” for consistency.  Additionally, all of the relevant pages previously located under “Preferences” that allow users to configure the look and behavior of the WebAide interfaces have also been moved into this area.

5. Additional Settings

All of the remaining user configuration pages that were in the “Preferences” area previously have either (a) been combined or (b) left in the new section called “Additional Settings”.

Specifically, he two separate pages we had previously for configuring general settings of the the Web Interface have been merged into one page entitled “Web Interface”.

Additional Settings now includes:

  1. Language and Time
  2. Web Interface
  3. Defined Tags
  4. Mobile Sync Settings
  5. Mobile Sync Console

The result of these changes is

  1. Fewer pages overall
  2. No more giant nested tree of preference options
  3. Pages and settings are located in consistent places that should be more intuitive to locate

Hiding Advanced or Seldom Used Settings

So, LuxSci has a lot of configuration options.  It comes from years of growth and adding things at the request of end users.  However, a majority of these options are not relevant to the average end user.

To simplify the experience of the end user and to allow them to find and change the most commonly used settings quickly, we have implemented in the many “Settings” pages a “dual mode” display. Now only the most commonly used settings are displayed by default.  Users can press a new “Show Advanced Options” button in the toolbar next to “Save Changes” to show all of the other settings available if they want to see what else is possible, or want to access some power user feature they know is there.

If you are looking for a setting and do not see it, click on “Show Advanced Options” and it will appear on the page.

We will be slowly adding this dual mode display to other pages as well such as the many administrative configuration management pages.


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