Hi there! I'm interested in your feedback on this test design I threw together for my site. I posted this as an example of main page mockup with emphasis on visual intensive media vs. straight module feeds. Refer to my Ning Creators tip on Paneling for more info. I figured since that was an older discussion, adding the screenshot as a reply might not get noticed. So here we go with a fresh post in Critique my site.
If I get a resounding positive response, I might consider taking my network in this direction sometime in the future. Keep in mind this is just a quick demo I threw together, and a number of details would be added on a final version such as text/links, and choice of respective content & images. However, what it does show is one picture of what my site could look like if I exercised my options for a more attractive and engaging main page.
What I'm looking for from you is at least a "hot" or "not". +1 or -1 would be essentially the same too. If you're interested in critiquing, then maybe you could do on scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most impressed. Qualifying your pro's and con's would be more than I could ask, and what I'm aiming for here is presentation of social media related to my niche that could be attractive as well intuitively communicate the theme to my respective audience. I'm wondering if, based on such a first impression, you think my site could be a popular success. Thanks a million!!!
Hah! Woody13- thanks for the feedback.
BTW- PERFECT theme! Really, that's a niche with tons of potential. I was wondering why you would make the site private because it would seem the more exposure the better for a concept like that. Plus, then you could get your RSS feed in.
is that why my feeds dont show ? i know in Google its all garbled code !
Private cause seems YouTube removes vids being shared too much dunno, plus most my content is 'borrowed'... never had problem w/spammers till recently hope Ning nabs the culpret Eggs.
Hmmm....interesting. Check it out. I think RSS feeds won't work from content protected by a private network setting. Quick test is to set it up on your main page and change settings to public for a look.
In would also say I have on occassion contacted authors where I wasn't sure to get permission and have always been given it. Sometimes people ask for a link back or note, but it's a great way of connecting with people interested in your niche anyway. As far as spammers, Ning's automation tools just don't seem to get the job done to my 100% standards, so I require all prospective members to personally have a talk with me via e-mail prior to approval. It doesn't have to be a full on interview like I currently do- you could always just ask them to follow some simple instruction to prove they read the terms of service or something like that.
A bit too busy.
Thanks Jen! I noted you streamlined your site not too long ago too. Excellent work! I will have to revisit again shortly. -A
You're welcome and thanks!
The streamlining was in preparation of new design. Soon as I catch my breath, and decide if I'm sure I like the new design, it will be totally different in overall look. Had a family emergency situation and slowed me down, but trying to get back on it.
Good luck with your new look,
Lol! Thx Jen, you know...it seems the overall consensus is this look is not hot;). My site is designed with an entirely different logic, but it's always good to explore the possibilities and get feedback from different views- even Ning creators with their bias as designers vs. end-users.
Hope everything is O.K. for you, and I can also relate to life sometimes throwing obstacles infront of plans. That is, BTW, one of the reasons I decided to keep my site so simple. It accomplishes only what I need, presents only what is necessary on first encounter, and is low maintenance. While there is web usability principle built in, a major aspect is just experience & mitigating the impacts of change/ life.
Since you are so sharp in everything you do, it would be interesting to know what you have in mind as you go about a new redesign- just for fresh coat of paint, or to accomplish some things your previous design lacked etc. Inquiring minds would like to know:) -A
I like it, a visual content wall. straight in on the action
Thanks for the positive vote Ed!
One of the things something like this can accomplish is more immediate delivery. So the embed videos on blog feed are good because the end-user can just press play and view in this larger screen format without leaving the page.
Another way this could be beneficial along the same lines is link control to new window vs. module feeds that might redirect to content target on same page. The idea is to keep the main page content palette open so people can sample. Of course some trade-off in end-user preference against new window pop ups, possible not noticing new tabs, and having to close. However I think would be worth it for getting straight in on the action without the decision tree getting bypassed.
I would also say the use of visual content wall like this is getting hot based on what I've seen on higher end proprietary sites as well the new popularity of social interfaces like Pinterest. Thanks!!