Over the past few months, we have been crafting an updated control panel and support center design that is leaner, clearer and makes working in Kayako a more productive and enjoyable experience.
Our priorities were as simple as the interface we set out to create:
- Content-first design that gets out of your way
- Leaner visuals, faster and optimized for speed
- Easier to use for your customers and your team
And here’s what we have come up with. Kayako 4.60 is here – the biggest update yet, and a Kayako that is better than ever.
For your customers
Out with beige, in with accessible style. The support center takes advantage of broader web standards for better style and typography, while still remaining functional with older Internet Explorer browsers.
A beautiful and robust default style set for news and knowledgebase articles has been included – your self-service content has never looked better. See a demo on my.kayako.com.
Rethought the visual hierarchy. From the size of text to bringing order to color for consistency, we have rethought the visual hierarchy. Now, controls appear in context and only when needed. Your customers will find using your helpdesk for self service easier than ever.
Page content has been on a diet. As well as providing beautiful new icons, we took the opportunity to optimize all of the graphics and layouts in Kayako, meaning your helpdesk pages will load much faster. And so they should: pages weigh in 70% less than before.
These are just the building blocks. The new support center is just the start – you will want to make your helpdesk your own, using Kayako’s powerful template editor. That’s why we have kept things simple and modular. We’ve made this easier, by tidying up and improving the structure of the main CSS stylesheet and also including a new customcss template for your own CSS modifications, making future upgrades simpler.
For your team
Goal number one was to put the content first. Everything is stripped back, leaving more space for content. No clutter, no distractions – from the navigation (which now takes up 50% less space than before) to text headings.
All unnecessary visual sugar has been cut out, and visuals and accessibility has been improved for the useful icons that remain, which now have tooltips.
Kayako is plain-speaking. Phrasing and terminology throughout Kayako has been carefully refined. We’ve listened about what confuses people, what needs more explanation and got rid of technical jargon. Language is now simpler and clearer.
Also in Kayako 4.60
- A new customcss support center template for your own CSS modifications (easier updates in the future) and a template editing best practices guide
- A template editing best practices guide
- A beautiful and robust default style for news and knowledgebase article content
- Improved file attachments display on tickets
- A new and updated WYSIWYG editor for news and knowledgebase content
- Improved ticket property (status, priority) controls in the support center
- All-round improved Internet Explorer support
- Improved text wrapping (when viewing tickets, knowledgebase articles, etc)
See for yourself
You may have already noticed that my.kayako.com has looked different lately. That’s because we have been beta testing Kayako 4.60 – give it a spin!
Freshen up your helpdesk – get the update
Kayako OnDemand customers will be updated on Sunday, September 15th. We will be emailing ahead with more details and what to expect from the update.
Kayako Download customers with an active product updates and support subscription can find their updated product packages in my.kayako.com, under My Orders. Before upgrading, please read the 4.60 upgrade guide for Download customers.
A full change log for Kayako 4.60 is available, detailing all the changes and fixes.