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New homepage design: help needed

Posted at 23 November 2009 20:21 CEST by Robin van Lieshout

Like we promised, we are still tweaking several parts on the site in the new MyCE style. We have done some huge updates on the forum style lately, but also have been thinking of the homepage design.

Based on all the comments we got, we now created a few drafts of a newer version of the homepage and appreciate your feedback on this. Although we realize we can never do it right for everyone, we do want to listen to everyone and see what improvements are possible.

We tried to create some nice visual element on top, where three ‘top things’ can be promoted. Think of a ‘product of the day’, ‘latest review’, ‘top news story’ or ‘contest / giveaway of products’. The three things will rotate, but you can also click on the small thumbnail.

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There is a also a list with all the latest headlines. We have splitted it between “today”, “yesterday” and “earlier”. Furthermore, we have include reviews & articles, latest user reviews and latest news tips from members.

Let me know what you think of the setup. Please don’t go create your own style, as we want to have a uniform style over the complete style agree

The designs are on http://www.myce.com/homepage

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There are 20 comments

bean55
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Nov 09 14:46
    At first I liked the number 4 layout, it seemed to have more of the left to right feel to it.

    But after looking back at it several times I finally choose the Number 3 Layout, it has everything right there, easier for you to step off and go where you want to go for your individual taste and preference.

    Looks like everything is filled in and being used,not all the White empty space that I am getting now.
    Nosmartz
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 20 Nov 09 15:43
      looks a site better

      how bout when u hover over the 3 small pix the story headline appears in small text etc
      Wombler
      Administrator & Reviewer
      Posted on: 21 Nov 09 16:54
        There's pretty much the same content in all of these so it's down to visual factors and ease of use.

        I've taken a slightly different approach in that I've identified the ones I don't like and these are versions one and two.

        The reason being IMO that the large graphics are too prominent at the expense of the rest of the content in these two layouts.

        The other two give equal prominence to both and have the advantage of having both choices close to the top of the page.

        Of the two remaining ones I think version four looks the better balanced although I'd regard version three as a close second.


        Wombler
        MP|3
        Former Management
        Posted on: 21 Nov 09 16:56
          There's indeed the same content on all of those designs. If you have other ideas what's important on the homepage, let me know We thought all the elements listed now are the most important ones given the limited space.
          Seán
          Senior Administrator & Reviewer
          Posted on: 21 Nov 09 19:31
            Out of these four, I'm not that keen on #1 or #2.

            For the last two, #4 would be my preferred if the left column can be narrowed to the same width as the right column.

            For the "Ask the community" column, show a list of the 10 latest unanswered threads. The extra info (who posted, post time, etc.) could easily be put in a tooltip, similar to how the forum shows an excerpt when one hovers the mouse over a thread link.

            Add a "Reviews" tab to the top-right.
            MP|3
            Former Management
            Posted on: 22 Nov 09 11:30
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Nosmartz
              how bout when u hover over the 3 small pix the story headline appears in small text etc


              Quote:
              Originally Posted by Seán
              For the "Ask the community" column, show a list of the 10 latest unanswered threads. The extra info (who posted, post time, etc.) could easily be put in a tooltip, similar to how the forum shows an excerpt when one hovers the mouse over a thread link.
              Some extra info: the reason why we put the time on the "ask the community" widget, is because now you see that there is a lot of activity in the community because it usually states something like X hours ago. This gives a sense of activity.


              Looking forward to what the rest thinks!! Seems like #3 and #4 are preferred at the moment. Let me know what else you would change before we actually go implement something, so we can take everything into consideration.
              Seán
              Senior Administrator & Reviewer
              Posted on: 22 Nov 09 13:18
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by MP|3
                Some extra info: the reason why we put the time on the "ask the community" widget, is because now you see that there is a lot of activity in the community because it usually states something like X hours ago. This gives a sense of activity.
                A workaround for this is to say "Today's Community Questions", followed by the list of threads, just like you have for the news headlines, which also don't say "Posted x hours ago" after each headline.
                JaredNewman
                MyCE Senior Member
                Posted on: 23 Nov 09 22:26
                  I like #4. It pleases me when the photo-driven stories are on the left and the news headline text comes flush with that box.
                  Im a PC
                  MyCE Junior Member
                  Posted on: 24 Nov 09 02:22
                    Anything would be an improvement to what you guys have now.

                    If I had to pick one, I'd say #1.
                    Blu-rayFreak
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 24 Nov 09 21:30
                      I like the 3rd layout, and then number 4.
                      H3rB3i
                      Retired Editor, Reviewer & Senior Moderator
                      Posted on: 25 Nov 09 18:21
                        out of these 4 I would also choose #4
                        bluray
                        MyCE Rookie
                        Posted on: 26 Nov 09 02:34
                          I find it extremely annoying having tabs on the main page for news. What is the criteria that makes something "hot"?

                          When I read news, the first page I want to see is NEWS not "what is hot". It damn sure isn't comments! Because there aren't any anymore thanks to this layout from hell.

                          Second, when i click on the "new stuff" tab which I assumed was the newest stories, they are not necessarily even the newest. They can be posted at any time.

                          Third, when I find a story I want to read on the "New stuff" finish it and go back. guess what?!?! We are back on the "Hot Stuff" page again!

                          This is really lame and a cheap way to get more clicks and I think it is under this site to do this crap to its members.

                          Fourth, you have no indication of any comments without opening the story. So, you have to shlepp open the story, see that no one has commented then back up your browser, then click on the New Stuff again and pick another dead as a dooornail topic.

                          You guys are killing this site with this illogical, cumbersome clickfest.

                          You can put all the fancy graphics on it you want, and spice it up however, but people are not going to put up with this crap, there are too many decent sites out there to play this game.
                          MP|3
                          Former Management
                          Posted on: 26 Nov 09 09:26
                            Hey Bluray - did you actually read the first post in here We're looking for feedback on the NEW design, not the current design. I know some members have some issues with the current design, that is why we are actually doing something about it

                            Please let me know if one of the new designs (www.myce.com/homepage) suits you better. If not, be sure to let me know as well. We're open to everything, but we do need to know what everyone is looking for.
                            whohaw
                            New Member
                            Posted on: 26 Nov 09 18:15
                              need to color code. computer, phone, videogames , ext
                              MP|3
                              Former Management
                              Posted on: 01 Dec 09 14:13
                                !!!!! UPDATE !!!!!

                                We created another version (number 5) based on some comments we had.

                                What do you think of this one? Better? Or are #3 and #4 still preferred?

                                See http://www.myce.com/homepage/ (scroll down to the bottom)
                                olyteddy
                                Senior Moderator
                                Posted on: 01 Dec 09 15:24
                                  #5 seems to be a bit more user oriented. I like that.
                                  Wombler
                                  Administrator & Reviewer
                                  Posted on: 01 Dec 09 23:36
                                    Sorry but I still prefer version 4.

                                    The very small avatars beside the news items detract from the clean look of version 4 without adding anything useful.

                                    I like the 'hot items' section though so perhaps this layout would look better without the very small avatars?


                                    Wombler
                                    bean55
                                    MyCE Resident
                                    Posted on: 02 Dec 09 16:16
                                      5 is not bad but I think I will stick with number 3
                                      Seán
                                      Senior Administrator & Reviewer
                                      Posted on: 02 Dec 09 23:11
                                        #6 is my preference of the six layouts.

                                        #5 would probably work out better if the "mini avatars" are replaced by colour icons like what we used up to 2005. In my opinion, this worked quite well:

                                        http://upload.cdfreaks.com/seanbyrne...s_listings.png

                                        Another option would be to use picture icons, e.g. CD icon for optical related, video reel icon for TV/video related, musical note icon for audio related, etc.

                                        I would still like if the community questions could be replaced by a list of threads. The following gives an example of how we use to fit a lot more items in CDFreaks v1 within the space of the current three:

                                        http://upload.cdfreaks.com/seanbyrne...uggestions.png
                                        Wombler
                                        Administrator & Reviewer
                                        Posted on: 05 Dec 09 11:49
                                          Version 6 looks pretty good.

                                          I'm torn now between 6 & 4.

                                          I quite like both and wouldn't mind if either of these were chosen.


                                          Wombler

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