Last year some time I thought about allowing users to set their own preferences, instead of relying on the global setting specified in Task Rocket settings, but for one reason or another I never got around to it.

But this week I was asked about the possibility of swapping the order of the tabs on project pages, and I thought this would make a perfect candidate for something that a user should be able to specify in their account page. Not only did this give me a nudge to actually do something, I also started thinking about what else would improve the experience with regards to user relative settings.

And so I’ve made progress with this in Task Rocket 4, and have removed several presentation settings from admin to make them user relative preferences instead. At the moment these are mostly related to the dashboard (with the exception of one) and include:

  • Show x number of recent tasks on the dashboard
  • Show x number of recent team activity on the dashboard
  • Show x number of recent comments on the dashboard
  • Show x number of recent pages on the dashboard
  • Change the order of the tabs on project pages
  • Show/hide the tips on the dashboard

This is just a start, and I’m pretty confident I’ll do more for this in the future. See it in action in the video below.

While I have your attention, here’s the changelog for Task Rocket 4 so far:

  • Task statuses (complete, incomplete, in progress and on hold).
  • Search now returns results with queries based on project names and job numbers.
  • Fixed issue of automatic job numbers not working when creating a new project in the back-end.
  • Fixed issue where the unassigned label was not displaying.
  • Fixed issue where WP 4.5 update broke the admin date-picker when editing a project.
  • Fixed issue of incorrect cost being displayed for some projects on All Active Projects page.
  • Fixed wrong date on recent comments on dashboard.
  • Deleting a project will now move any associated tasks into the trash (which can be restored in WP Admin).
  • Removed several presentation settings and made them user preferences instead.
  • Users can now set new preferences when editing their account.
  • Projects page now indicates how many tasks are in progress.
  • You can now delete a task from details page.
  • You can now add comments to completed tasks.
  • New setting to specify how often WordPress will empty the trash.
  • Added new filters to report: On Hold, In Progress.
  • Fixed typos.
  • Minor UX/UI tweaks.