For the past few years the WP third party development community has trended to creating custom Front End forms for Users. This has been the "solution" to keeping unsophisticated users out of the "complicated WP Admin dashboard".
The other "solution" is to dumb down the WP Admin dashboard so that developers only allow their users to see what they can more reasonably handle when it comes to posting inside the WP Admin environment.
But both of these "solutions" are partial fixes necessitated by the Admin-in-a-box restrictions of WordPress architecture.
What I have not seen is a single Front End template or plugin for "Front End page editing", even from WP core contributors like Mark Jaquith, that INCLUDES the Plugins Dashboard Menus of installed plugins.
All Front Ends I have seen eliminate the Plugins themselves that I would install to give extra post options and goodies. For instance, a plugin that gives post Authors the ability to create, name, and add individual calendars to each post uniquely.
In the WP Core WP Admin dashboard you see the plugin name in the Dashboard view and you see the Settings and Options in sub-menus if you are a registered user with the Author role. The plugin itself confers special permissions to Authors to make individual saved settings just for themselves.
But such plugins are not viewable or usable in Front End "solutions" or in the custom User template applied by, say, a Real Estate theme. All Front End Editing projects I have seen go no farther than tapping the "design" elements of a post. None of them take the next step of displaying installed plugins that can add other elements to that post and a facsimile of the Settings and Options that can be saved.
Does anyone here know of a project now underway that will add a "dashboard" view of installed plugins to a Front End template for post creation and modifications?
I have Googled incessantly for the last 2 years and no where do I hear of someone working on extending the full functionality of the WordPress back end... including the exposure of the installed plugins dashboard menus and sub-menus so that settings and options associated with that plugin can be utilized and changed in a Front End editor?