Featured in .NET magazine
Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:06 PM
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I e-mailed them a number of months ago, submitting the site for a makeover, not really thinking it would come to anything. The section in the magazine takes an existing website and gets a design professional to come up with ideas to improve and develop the site further. The overall article was very positive and made some particularly pertinent points - mainly that the forums were the key parts of the site now. I completely agree.
I'll get in touch with the actual professionals who came up with the makeover ideas. Not all of them will work in practice e.g. the way they've divided the topics or the ability to 'login' to the site. This isn't their fault but more due to factors such as the limitations we put on membership of this forum - you cannot just sign up and get auto-access together with limitations we put on the History Help forum. There is also the fact I'd like to integrate the http://www.historyshareforum.com as a way of helping resource sharing even more. Something that ties this all together could work very well.
It is fantastic to be featured in the magazine and they certainly provide many suggestions that I will look to implement on the site. Have a read of the article yourself:
Posted 16 August 2010 - 09:14 PM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:21 PM
It is great to get input from a design professional though. I will look to put forum feeds on the homepage and then simplify everything as they suggest. What I don't have is an actual system as they describe in the article. I'll see what can be done though.
Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:38 AM
... hmmm, just wondering if resources posted up on these forums could be put up onto the main resources site? (this is where all the best stuff is hidden!).
Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:44 AM
When I started the site over 10 years ago it was designed as a site to help students find useful resources. I really like the fact that the designer identified that the site is still about 'bringing valuable resources together'. Now the main areas of activity as clearly the forums and I will look for ways to make the most of these.
Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:04 PM
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