Wednesday, December 10, 2008 homepage: the saga continues

After years of getting 'the homepage is awful' feedback, we decided to turn around 180 degrees and redesign our homepage to remove clutter and make it easier to identify interesting content based on who-you-are, instead of the conventional what-we-offer.

I guess the new page works for total newcomers who can now get to Eclipse and new technologies easier, but for old-timers, the new home page generates more of the same 'the homepage is awful' feedback.  You can read all the feedback in this bug, but to save you time, here are some highlights:

  • The old homepage showed latest announcements, latest spotlights, latest community news and foremost latest plugins (new one and update one). This was very very informative.

  • There is no content on the new home page.

  • This is the first time I've visited your site and was curious to see if the old home page was less bad than the new one. I wasn't getting much info from the new one.

  • I suggest you seek design inspiration from not

  • I appreciate that Eclipse wants our opinion.

Arned with such great feedback, Nathan challenged himself to solve all our problems.  I can only give you this blurred preview, but take it as a sign of good things to come.


Anonymous Boris Bokowski said...

I'm sorry to say this but the preview looks awful. ;-)

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Karl Matthias said...

I want to point out again that new users--one of the groups critically targeted by the new page--may now be finding the site amazingly better to use but are not likely/able to provide that feedback. Especially since most of them never saw the old page to begin with. We're only seeing a small slice of the data. I'm not saying we shouldn't make improvements, but this data is highly skewed in one direction.

8:36 AM  

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