Archive for the ‘web’ Category
I’ve been noticing a trend in the frontpage of website design, which I have briefly modeled below. I have an idea that this might have been inspired by Google’s “more is less” for their landing page, although they tend to go for less simplicity with the exception of search.
Firstly it’s the two or three tone webpage, a colored band of content in the centre of the page separating the top link bar and the bottom rest space. In the top row the navigation is placed slightly left aligned, with or without a small logo preceding it on the absolute left. Usually the sign-in and -up possibilities are aligned at the right of the page.
The centre band usually contains a large logo left aligned or a large non-descriptive image, left there is possible a login box, although usually there is a sign-up or pricing box advertising the paid for version. Underneath there are three boxed the left box containing video or or an interactive feature, the centre mentioning a special feature – or niche feature – of the product offered, and the right hand box containing “Something Special”, which can be anything like mobile applications, Google Apps or platforms supported.
The top of the lower band usually also contains 3 boxes, the left containing video examples – if not used before. The centre contains the other common features of the product. And the right is often a media exposure box, although it can also contain a social media box, such as a Twitter or FaceBook stream. The next row in the lower band usually contains a broad box containing blog or news items, although customer or media feedback is also very common here, and the right box contains that what wasn’t included in the upper box. Finally the last row, if it’s there, contains any 2 or 3 box combination with any of the items not mentioned above, although it often contains a social media box on the right when it hasn’t been mentioned above.
The lowest part of the site, mostly contains a sitemap, with direct links to most of the important pages on the site.
So now you know how it’s made.
document.write("<img src=\"http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl="+ escape(document.href) +"&choe=UTF-8\">");
As I didn’t know what it was about, so I looked it up on TechCrunch‘s CrunchBase – blekko – and found out that it is a search engine. And the first thing I do with a search engine is much the same I do with a new dictionary or encyclopedia – although I’m usually not listed in a dictionary – I look up myself, or in this case my blog.
You’ll notice the SEO tag below the title, I noticed it to and clicked and got wonderful distribution graphs. There is a breakdown a click away, where I would need to check in a number of sites by different vendors to be able to discover similar information about a different site, I get it here as a part of my search result.
UPDATE: I received another invite to share.
I like YouTube, and often subscribe to new channels and unsubscribe after a while. There is a lot of good stuff on YouTube, and a lot of rubbish. YouTube has been smart in making it possible to easily add channels, and in my opinion they have put less thought into making it easy to leave the channels. In the case of multiple channels I would either need to go to each of the channels and remove them one by one, or I would go to My Feeds / My Subscriptions and remove them one by one from there. In both cases I need to modify the subscription settings shown below.
My issue with this is not that it takes a long time, although that is certainly a small factor. Or that having subscription management for a channel is overkill when I just want to leave a channel. Personally I believe that it should be manageable from one page, just push of a button, like subscribing. And it wasn’t, until today.