(re)Developing the Ubuntu Studio Site
louiethecuban at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 03:11:35 BST 2010
Okay, well I came up with an idea that is a bit different.
I think we should model the site off of Open SuSe's main site (bare with me
ubuntu folks) http://www.opensuse.org/en/
<http://www.opensuse.org/en/>Now we want several things that impact the
initial viewing of the site. We want simplicity: a simple lack of confusion
will give the potential user the confidence that Ubuntu Studio is right for
them. We need design: we need the site to look smooth and up to date.
Whether you like it or not, the user will assimilate the design and flow of
the site with the design and flow of Ubuntu Studio. If the site looks crappy
and bloated, which in my opinion three column portal sites do, no one will
want to use Ubuntu Studio because the will think that it is a crappy and
Now let's take a look at the site, notice these things:
- Strong, prominent logo on one side, allows the page to be dominated by
that software's name.
-Three simple buttons: "Get it" (which we want the user to do, first and
foremost), "discover it" (which is what the site is for), and a third
"create it" to draw users to help with the fabrication of Ubuntu Studio and
join the mailing list.
Those are the *most* important things we want the user to see, to be
completely honest. No one is going to give a shit about build notes or news,
if they don't know what the fuck we're talking about.
below that initial block of buttons there is a small section for news, and
another section for small updates. This is what we should base our website
on. It's just plain simple.
All in all, we should be thinking one question about the project: "When a
potential user of Ubuntu Studio goes to this site, do they feel excited? Do
they feel confident enough to download it? and Does Ubuntu Studio's web
presence make them more willing to help develop?
Here's a really rough mock up of what I'm envisioning:
On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:50 PM, Brian David <beejunk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:38 PM, Cory K. <coryisatm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 08/31/2010 09:32 PM, louiethecuban at gmail.com wrote:
>> > Do we need to use drupal, I feel like something much better and simpler
>> could be accomplished with wordpress
>> Well, speaking for myself (as Scott really has the say here) I'm for
>> whatever looks best. I couldn't care about the tech underneath. Where it
>> *does* come into play is whether we stay w/Canonical as a host or find
>> our own. We stay w/Canonical, Drupal it is.
>> -Cory K.
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> I have no experience with Wordpress, but I have done a lot of work with
> Drupal. It can have a steep learning curve, but the amount of versatility,
> security, and third party modules available make it well worth it. It
> essentially has no limitations, and doesn't box you in by trying to make
> things 'easier'. I would recommend it.
> -Brian David
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