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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/5575/new-home-page/

New Home page

September 6, 2006 by

Still needs some tweaking but here it is.

{ 15 comments }

iceberg September 6, 2006 at 4:43 pm

I agree… keep tweaking ;)

IMNSHO, the home page is too “busy”, and needs to be severly cleaned up. For example, you don’t need 5 separate links leading to the Mises blog.

The right sided columned could be entirely eliminated, or at least consolidated into a few drop down tables.

I’d also shrink the left sided link icons and run them horizonitally across the top bar, in ribbon style, hidden until the cursor hovers over the linking text.

Just my inflated $.02.

M E Hoffer September 6, 2006 at 5:20 pm

I’d give it 30 days, if peep are still complaining at that time, then take appropriate measures.

Vanmind September 6, 2006 at 7:35 pm

When I first surfed here today I thought: “Whoa, the home page is too busy now.” I was going to say something, but others were also on the ball.

Wait, I did say something. Ok, so now I’ll ask something: what problems were you having with the previous home page L&F?

jeffrey September 6, 2006 at 8:15 pm

Well, before it seemed like most of the page was spent holding yesterday’s major article and so on for up to 7 days. That’s a lot of real estate for old stuff. The idea of the new one is that you still get the old articles but that other parts of the site can be included. This seemed necessary because we were always running into people who had no idea that we had vast book, or that the Lib Forum was going up in html or that some book was available on audio etc. So the goal was to make the interior parts of the site more open–without creating the mess that most nonprofit sites end up with (every big shot gets a bite of the home page etc.).

Vince Daliessio September 6, 2006 at 8:43 pm

I like the approach you are taking, though I agree it’s a bit busy at the moment. Clean it up a bit, make the current articles most prominent, maybe position previous articles based on comment number or frequency, a la digg. Resource links can be further down the page and / or at the perimeter.

Chris Papadopoulos September 6, 2006 at 10:12 pm

I really like how the daily article is right at the top there for easy access. But I’m afraid that the interface is still somewhat cluttered and there’s a bit of information overload. Mises.org has added so many cool features so quickly that they’re quickly being lost by the wayside.

I’d probably get rid of the little icons on the Don’t Miss and New Media sections to start with and reorganize how they’re displayed as just a very quick little fix. But ideally, the Mises website should be redesigned from the ground up sometime soon.

I love Mises.org, but sometimes its a little hard to find interesting articles. Also, the search bar on the top right still doesn’t seem to work correctly.

Maybe hold a little redesign contest ala Slashdot if possible?

Vedran Vuk September 6, 2006 at 10:49 pm

Love the idea! Don’t quite like the Layout….

Gil Guillory September 7, 2006 at 7:54 am

Back when there weren’t as many webbed books, there was a nice, manageable page listing them all. I don’t like the fact that that was lost. To display the awesome online holdings you have, I’d love a link on the homepage that says something like “online library” which links to a page listing the categories of holdings but also the major works by Mises and Rothbard, and then have a further link to the searchable database of the entire collection.

That way, you get both immediate access to the biggies like HA and MES and maybe 2 dozen other main works, while also serving as a guide for new folks.

jeffrey September 7, 2006 at 7:57 am

Gil, that list is here and it is pointed to all over the site. This is precisely what worried me and keeps me awake at night: the sense that people can’t find what they are looking for.

Mark Larson September 7, 2006 at 9:15 am

The home page is a tad busy, but I think it’s a step in the right direction. Those sweet background resources need a chance to shine. I’m sure the tweaking will set things right.

I agree with the suggestion to reduce the display size of the icons in the left sidebar. I also think that the items in the right sidebar should be in a slightly larger font, and more condensed to take up less vertical space.

If you must preserve the ‘Don’t Miss’ and ‘New Media’ icons–and you probably should give a fair notice for audio and PDF–I’d switch them to lead on the left margin.

Gil Guillory September 7, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Jeff, I mean this page (at least the top portion of it):

http://web.archive.org/web/20040402120254/http://mises.org/scholar.asp

The “Core” page is daunting and unclear to a newbie, whereas the plain-jane list of major works was much more accessible. I miss the page listed above. But maybe I’m the only one.

hz September 7, 2006 at 3:24 pm

The search box at the top still doesn’t work in firefox.

the more normal search box in the studyguide/e-books section works fine, and i find it quite easy to find what i am looking for there.

Amber Cathey September 8, 2006 at 11:27 am

I must agree with the busy comments – contributing to the “busyness” is the fact that most of the fonts in the middle sections are all the same – lists of articles, Don’t Miss, and New Media all in the same small plain fonts, including the authors. Perhaps this would look ok if there weren’t so many items in each list, but as is it looks too bullet-list for a home page.

Might just be me, but I like the pictures of Mises up in the title bar more than the drawn picture of the Institute buildings – just seems a little more classy.

I do really like the box on the left with the Quick Links – they are individualized and easy to scroll through without taking up too much room. Definately on the way to making each of those features a brand in and of itself and as part of the site.

L.R. October 7, 2006 at 5:06 pm

This is probably pretty minor, but the LvMI logo on this website is different from the one on the physical mailings (requests for donations, etc.). Maybe you already knew this, but I thought I’d point it out.

Cruiser October 9, 2006 at 1:36 am

Hi Jeffrey,

Just noticed that I could comment on the new web design.

Really nice use of blues — very calming on the eyes. One website I know uses very irritating colors. It’s distracting.

Some recommendations a web design instructor once gave me:

1) No more than 7 items on a page (+/- 2)

This is tough to do and may not always be possible; but consider providing a link on the home page to the previous articles and new media. It would allow you to give more room to the main article, open up the page tremendously and enable the eyes to find what they’re looking for.

Better yet, consider letting your pull-down menus do the work for you. Under “Daily Articles,” consider “Current”, “Previous Week”, “Archives”, “Search By Author”, “Search By Issue”.

As for the side columns, reduce the content so that the reader doesn’t have to scroll down quite so much to find what they want. Put some of the information in your pull-down menus.

2) Three clicks to the “candy”

Get people where they want to go within 3 clicks; otherwise, they lose interest and go elsewhere.

But it also gives you some latitude in that you don’t have to put everything on the home page.

Overall, I think that if you let everything breathe a bit, the website will be excellent.

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