sooo, you don't have to worry about upgrades trashing this.
i've pushed the load of ALL of the formatting to the client, using DOM instead of burdening the php server code. so this is less of a strain on the server itself.
i almost have it done, but will at least leave you with a typical screenie..
the lower right side is a space that you can put your own content into.. ads, logo, whatever..
i showed the ajax 'bashing..' 'sending..' reveals here, but they are normally hidden and come into play on an async call begin.
the 2 columns of buttons on the left allow a user to select rows (1st one) for subsequent 'Bash'.. the 2nd column is the same as the delete [x] is now..
selection gives feedback in a different highlight color, like phpmyadmin does for rows..
the upper right hand side is a current tally of who's online in the shoutbox.. configurable in the admin cpanel..
i will wrap it up soon, but it ain't ready for prime time yet..
til then... patience
ps: and thanks to Rick!! for the wonderful style from which to use as an excellent look/feel.