[BALUG-Admin] mock up(s) for "new(er)" website?
Sat Feb 16 15:58:54 PST 2008
(including the "admin" list for a bit broader exposure/feedback)
Note also that some of the SF-LUG* boxen stuff will likely go through
some reshuffling in the coming week(s) ("old" box being deprecated /
phased out, "new" box being built/configured and phased in). I'll try
to keep the disruptions as minimal as feasible (and send out relevant
details at / around / slightly/reasonably before the appropriate
*doesn't impact sf-lug.org or its listserver, but does impact other
SF-LUG systems (and BALUG stuff that's hosted thereupon).
> From: "Andrew Fife" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: RE: mock up(s) for "new(er)" website?
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 22:12:15 -0800 (PST)
> This is my favorite page:
Ah, ... I thought you might like that one :-) ... lots more to add, but
it's a start.
> I'm swamped right now but will try to circle back in a couple of days.
Understood (I'm working on getting at least a bit more unswamped).
> > From: Michael Paoli [mailto:Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu]
> > Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 12:49 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: mock up(s) for "new(er)" website?
> > Okay, so, I hadn't had time to poke at it since 2007-11-26 (well,
> > other than scribble some stuff on a sheet of paper or two), anyway
> > did poke at it a fair bit yesterday evening, so ...
> > have a peek at:
> > http://www.test.balug.org/mpaoli/
> > It's still just test / mock up / concept, and not fully flushed out
> > (many of the pages are far from complete, or not fully flushed out).
> > Anyway, let me know what you think.
> > Also, the "nav" part at the top of each page - may want to change that
> > a fair bit yet (reword and/or rearrange parts of it and the links),
> > but I was generally thinking it would be good to have a consistent "nav"
> > across all the pages - and a flat one-line top nav works quite well with
> > pages that may be of quite varying length (e.g. our "past" (or whatever
> > name we give it) page will be quite long, and some others may also be
> > rather to very/quite long). The downside with left nav and long pages
> > is there's this blank offset for the entire remainder of the page below
> > the left nav section.
> > Also, if you've got sudo access to balugwm2* on the sf-lug.com box (which
> > is also new.balug.org, test.balug.org., etc.) you can do mock/test pages
> > under http://www.test.balug.org/ (e.g. create your own directory under
> > /var/local/balug/www.test/html/
> > and test away! - feel free to copy some/much/all of other bits in the
> > "test"
> > area (or from production) for a base and/or to add content.
> > *mpaoli,jstockford,xcaliber,afife do, so I think that
> > currently covers everyone on the firstname.lastname@example.org alias.
> > >From earlier, there's also:
> > http://www.test.balug.org/afife/Balug_Website_Design.odp
> > http://www.test.balug.org/afife/Balug_Website_Design.pdf
> > http://www.test.balug.org/afife/README
> > http://www.test.balug.org/afife/README.txt
> > Quoting Michael Paoli <Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu>:
> > > Well, ... "open" sounds promising ... but whatever it takes to usefully
> > > open it I don't have installed on my work or personal laptop. :-/
> > >
> > > Anyway, ... I did also, a bit earlier (around Thanksgiving) do a bit of
> > > partial mock-up for web page ... combining some/much of what Xavier had
> > > done earlier with some of my ideas on structure and such.
> > >
> > > Anyway, definitely nowhere near* complete, but have a peek here:
> > > http://www.test.balug.org/mpaoli/
> > >
> > > *besides the obvious only partial placeholder text and such, I'd be
> > > inclined to:
> > > * get rid of (and restructure) the left nav - make it a rather compact
> > top
> > > nav - possibly with dropdowns (if feasible and doable in a good open
> > > accessible manner) - the sections/pages/links would change a fair bit
> > > for the nav; rationale: though many of the "main"/central pages would
> > > be relatively short and not require up/down scroll, some of them would
> > > be longer - potentially pretty to quite long (e.g. more detailed
> > listings
> > > on past meetings - we don't want to have to do a zillion separate
> > pages
> > > where it's not necessary or appropriate) ... and the pages end up
> > looking
> > > kind'a sucky when they get long and have a left nav, and ends up being
> > > all empty space down under that on the longer pages; a top nav would
> > work
> > > well for both shorter and long(er) pages, and allow them to all have a
> > > relatively consistent look and feel
> > > * not sure precisely how I'd do the nav and links and exactly what goes
> > > on the main page, but I was thinking roughly:
> > > * likely nav links:
> > > * upcoming meetings (main page would have some info. on upcoming,
> > but
> > > not full details/blurbs)
> > > * lists (more details, main page would probably at least mention
> > > "announce" and at least hint at or link to info about other lists)
> > > * past meetings
> > > * (not sure what to call it yet - in ~12 characters or less) -
> > > sponsors/donors/supporters link (perhaps along with "how you can
> > > help BALUG") ... perhaps just the word "support"?
> > > * contact - link going to page on how to contact BALUG
> > > * main page:
> > > * tight top nav (possibly with dropdowns); also same nav on *most*
> > of
> > > our "main"/key pages
> > > * a very short high level overview ("about") of BALUG
> > > * stuff highlighting next meeting
> > > * probably a wee bit of stuff (very compact) on some meetings beyond
> > > next (e.g. just date and name/affiliation), and not too many
> > > months out or items listed
> > > * something about lists (and link to more detailed page about the
> > > lists)
> > > * location/direction/cost/what a typical meeting is like ...
> > > probably need at least a trace of that on the main page, but more
> > > details should go on other page(s) ... not sure precisely how best
> > > to structure that.
> > >
> > > I haven't really done much of anything with mockups for subpages yet,
> > > other than tweak the style page and graphic.
> > >
> > > Quoting Andrew Fife:
> > >
> > > > I'm attaching the following wireframe (.odp) of an idea that I had for
> > > > redesigning balug's website. Its a draft of how I think the various
> > > elements
> > > > could be layed out. Please disregard the choice of colors, it was
> > > random.
> > > > As a wireframe, its meant to convey basic layout only, w/o styling or
> > > > finishing touches.
> > > >
> > > > My goal with the wireframe are:
> > > >
> > > > 1)Encourage people to come to the next meeting
> > > > 2)Encourage people to sign up for the mailing lists
> > > > 3)Stay laser targeted on goals 1 & 2
> > > > 4)Accomplish goals 1 & 2 on a standard 10x7 format so that users with
> > > average
> > > > resolution monitors won't have to scroll up/down or left/right
> > > >
> > > > Any feedback? Suggestions for improvement?
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