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Various comments on new site [message #562013] Thu, 05 May 2005 12:44
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Originally posted by: sinleeh.hotmail.com

My $0.02 on the new website

(1) I REALLY miss the "What's New" section on the old site. That section
give me a very quick overview of important happenning in eclipse such as
New Project Releases, new Eclipse Article or new News article on eclipse
etc.

I'm afraid the Community/Projects/Foundation News did not quite replace
the functionality of "What's New" section. With "What's New" one can spot
new development in eclipse at a glance but with the new news section I
have to read three columns. The fact that the date is not the displayed
before the title means I have to read the whole title and that slows me
down. Stories in News sections are also meant to be faster moving "What's
New" and normally do not tell people how important the story is.

(2) There should be links to Eclipse Articles on the center panel to make
Eclipse Articles more prominent. I think this is important because the
abundance of free and useful Eclipse articles on how to program with
Eclipse Platform is what differentiate Eclipse from other offerings. This
is usually what sway developers from choosing one platform over another.

(3)One problem with the old website is that it is difficult to access
Eclipse Artwork page to download Eclipse-Ready, Eclipse-powered logoes. Is
it possible to remedy it on the new site?

While on this subject, what is the possibility of putting all developer
resources link into a "Developer" page?

(4)I'm slightly worried that the new website does not clearly distinguish
Eclipse from run-of-the-mill small software website. Just go to small
software websites and you will see that the content presentation etc is
almost the same as the new site.

(5)The new homepage also look a bit "too busy", may be this is because of
the short teaser is available besides the titles or articles.

(6)I find that navigation-wise, the new site is a bit confusing. May be it
is because I'm used to the old site. However, I did have to spend more
time studying the layout which I do not need to with the old website.

(7) The left hand panels for Tools project in the old eclipse site is a
bit confusing. Take www.eclipse.org/gef for example, there is two
"downloads" links and they link to different download pages makes it
confusing. Also, the left panel does not actually give you any navigation
of the GEF site. I have to stress that GEF is not alone in this respect.

Its always easier to criticize than to praise. Moreover, ctiticizing is
the easy part, especially if the critic does not have to do any work
beyond criticizing. Putting suggestions into action is difficult. Hat off
to the phoenix team for working on the website.

Best regards,
Sinleeh
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