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I would like to ask what is the best solution for onboarding users dashboard.

Scenario A

  1. when user login i will show them a big image to tell them that must add subscribers.
  2. when they add 2 subscribers show the sidebar column with the list with subscribers.
  3. and replace the image with the next task.

Scenario B

    when user login i will show them a big image to tell them that must add subscribers and lock the sidebar widgets (ex. list of subscribers)

Scenario C

    when user login i will show a popup for the next task.

Scenario D

    Show all my dashboard and at the top of sidebar a small box with next task

Task:

  1. Add new subscribers
  2. Add new event
  3. Send new sms campaign.
  4. Send new email campaign.

The application is for event scheduler, email and sms newsletters

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When I interact with an app I want to feel that I am in control. I would go with Option D simply because locking out functionality makes an app feel "over guided". I would change the small box at the top with the next task to a noticeable top-of-page banner displaying the next required task to complete the current action.

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since there is business logic between the tasks (#1 happens before #2, #3 and #4 cannot start before #2 is completed), and people expect this logic (they know why they use your solution), I'd go with "D", so that people feel that they're making progress in a wizard

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