As discussed as bit in this PR, I'd like to revamp the frontpage to
improve how we deliver news to the community - I hear a lot of feedback
along the lines of "it's hard to know what's happening".
I think there's a few things we can do about it, but since I've spent
non-trivial time on website PRs in the past which have not subsequently
been merged, I felt it would be a good idea to agree the rough changes
Currently the news section of the site is at the bottom of 3 screens of
other information. As a source of news, that's poor - I can't recall the
last time I scrolled down to it. I'd like to see some version of that moved
higher up. My proposals are:
- Move the content of the frontpage after the "Latest Versions" (ie the
white background area) to the Learn More link.
- Left-justify the blue-background area and add one or 2 screenshots
- Put a latest news / events / blog posts section on the newly-vacated
This would make us very similar to sites such as centos.org, ovirt.org,
apache.org, gluster.org and so on, who all make sure there's some form of
"Latest News" that catches the users' eye within the screen area of the
very first page load.
Attached is a rough mockup I did in Gimp using the "latest news" section
from ovirt.org. Clearly we can work on what content should be displayed -
it's the layout that I want to get right up front, since that's where the
work is. Putting the first few blog entries up front will also allow us to
remove the link from the top, since overcrowding has been mentioned as a
My second concern is about getting important info to people not loading the
frontpage, such as large events or important CVEs. This is less serious,
but we may as well consider it - according to the analytics, only 22% of
users have "/" as the landing page. However, the 2nd place is only 5% and
it quickly drops off from there, so the options seems to be (a) only the
frontpage, or (b) some kind of info on every page.
The PR at  is a suggested option for this, used to highlight things we
think people really shouldn't miss. It's intended for infrequent use, maybe
a few times a year. I don't think it's good to have it always-on - it will
lose its impact value then.
So, voices wanted! I have a short-term goal of promoting the birthday
events as much as I can (the lovely people who have donated their time and
venues to us deserve the best promotion we can give back), but I also want
to get the revamp right. I'd like to hear:
(a) does the proposed design work for you?
(b) if not, what would be your counter-proposal for highlighting
(c) should we keep the top banner for occasional use?