NetBeansWebDesignSandbox

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Purpose

To collect ideas, impressions, feedback about current state of NetBeans.org design and usability. (For infrastructure, see NetBeans Dream Team's Infrastructure Proposals.)

Main Issues

Front Page

  • Fails to call to attention what's new and noteworthy in new releases.

Product Information

  • IDE is a visual tool, but features pages are text-heavy and don't leave a memorable impression.

Look-and-Feel

  • Using benchmarks such as Ubuntu and Mozilla webpages, nb.org site l&f appears outdated.

Content Navigation/Structure

  • Difficulty finding relevant content quickly; a search might require multiple clicks.

Challenges

  • People resources to create and update visual properties.

Notes

May 24 discussion

  • Outline possible use cases for site visitors.
  • Determine best case scenarios of a redesign against possible project constraints.
  • Identify what is useful/not useful on current site?
  • Compile list of other website benchmarks

June 14 discussion

  • Reviewed best practices on Mozilla, ZenDesk, Shopify, GitHub, Apple, Ruby on Rails, Adobe websites
  • Questions to consider in front and features pages mockup. How do we:
    • Communicate interest/excitement?
    • Encourage download?
    • Feature top-priority messages and/or key value propositions?
    • Highlight community involvement/active usage?
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