Kubuntu Website Sprint
ovidiu.b13 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 23:15:45 UTC 2015
What would you say we have a Video chat tomorrow and discuss this?
I've already had a few plans on how to achieve what you've said, bit with the Advertica Lite theme. There still are a lot of pieces to be put toghether though.
I've got a friend of mine do design some new icons and pictures for the site.
Tell me when you can meet.
În ziua de Joi 26 Feb 2015, la 21:50:21, Paweł Abramowicz a scris:
> Nah, it really *is* "tl".
> So tl;dr:
> Advertica Lite good for a news site, which might be different from the main landing site.
> Landing site should contain "call-to-action": a simplified way to download Kubuntu; feature tour should either be a cta or be the main page.
> Not included in original message: people scroll more, click less than before [citation needed, although I've seen some research on this].
> Good examples of distro sites: http://www.ubuntu.com/ ; http://elementary.io/ ; good for its purposes: https://getfedora.org/ ; good usability, not quite good design: http://www.linuxmint.com/ (not incl. in orig.) ; BAD EXAMPLES: https://www.archlinux.org/ ; https://www.debian.org/ .
> Make it more vivid ( ;) ) by showing a photo with a Kubuntu-running Linux in a good-looking environment.
> And yeah, I forgot to mention mobiles: instead of call to download - "let us send you an e-mail with a download link".
> Everything for now, I think.
> 2015-02-26 21:48 GMT+01:00 Paweł Abramowicz <pawelabrams at gmail.com>:
> This is Paweł 'Avras' Abramowicz here, the Quintasan's flatmate from earlier discussion; together with a bunch of my friends we're designing websites for some time now.
> To add my two pennies worth; I see Advertica Lite as a very refreshing proposal, but as it is a multi-purpose theme, it would need some serious tweaking to fit Kubuntu perfectly. Its text pages are really good, and it would be a neat theme for Kubuntu News, obviously, but rearranging the tour and main page using Wordpress and Wordpress only (even with theme options, but without struggling with editing the theme's CSS and PHP) might prove difficult. I have minor concerns about the parallax, too; it must be done right to achieve any effect, and not just be a pure decoration – and when it is, it must be a bit more subtle.
> Browsing through other distros' sites I've observed a few features worth discussing. I'll drop the links on the end of my e-mail.
> To start with, the first page a potential user sees of Ubuntu , Elementary OS  or even Fedora  to some extent, are optimised for newcomers; they have either a feature tour right on the first page, or there is a big button (or, as marketers say, a Call-To-Action) to download or see for yourself if you are not yet convinced. Debian  tried, but the only thing they did is a white button, not big enough for a 1366x768 screen, not to mention Full HD ones.
> There is a trend to delegate the news section to a dedicated blog [2n], [3n]. It might be a fad, but I think it's a good idea, and you can use a distinct, but similar theme for the blog. I think that's where Advertica Lite should go, as its typography is perfect, but the landing page is not convincing enough. A different look for a news site allows for a few modifications, too; you can expose RSS feed and category listings, and hide irrelevant options from the menu. The main page and the rest of the site is mostly about visuals; the news site is all about text.
> The question if Advertica Lite won't just be maintaining a status quo in people's reaction (except from the change from "oh, it's old" to "oh, it's new") is not about what it does right, but about what it doesn't, and what's wrong that it doesn't avoid. It's basically another do-all news site without a strong feeling of what you should do next. I know Kubuntu is not a commercial project, and we don't need to bait people into buying anything, but it would be beneficial even for a veteran user to have a visual cue to locate the download button; the download process itself should be straight-forward and amount of clicks needed should be minimised. A new release, or just a current number of a version the download button points to, should be easy to spot. The intent of the page – here, we have the best Linux for both casual and experienced users, that is good for every environment – should be clear.
> The bad practices are now easy to point in ArchLinux' site - a KISS distro that has a reddit-type, complex website, where there is only one download button, hidden from plain sight. Debian is not good either - it's engineer's interpretation of good practices in design, that turned out badly. The 16-colour-palette blue is not a pleasant hue, the download call-to-action is tiny on Full HD screens, and while the site is responsive, it is certainly not mobile-friendly (links are densely packed, the colors are too contrasting and hurt eyes in the long run).
> To end on a positive note, there are a few features worth using :) The double menu (static big one in header and fixed top when scrolled down) is a good idea, but its execution could be a bit better . The header image is OK, but it can contain a call-to-action within it,
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