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ofir

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Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« on: July 06, 2009, 11:09:35 pm »
Hello,

First of all, I think you guys are doing a fabulous work. Keep going!

Since I really want this project to grow and flourish, I want to help with something.

My biggest hobby is to build websites (program, and design (though I am not a designer and hence don't know how to design complicated things...)).

I noticed that there is a on going effort to upgrade the current website, so I would like to help.

Ofir

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 12:50:57 am »
Murcel has just finished the second pass of a redesign of the site, happening here:

http://staging.linuxmce.org/

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009, 03:58:16 am »
Ofir, if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, please give input. Thanks!

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009, 09:37:30 am »
Looks really nice.
Might need to proof read as the grammer is abit off, i'm the last one that shoudl point it out as mine is really poor, but i think the text needs checking as some of it don't sound right

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You are watching your favorite movie and it is getting hotter and hotter? Why wouldn't you let LinuxMCE control your temperature and your blinds in your home automatically? In the morning the blinds go up and in the evening automatically down. To much sun in your Living Room while watching TV. Don't care about LinuxMCE will do for you!
The last sentance should read, "Don't worry about it, LinuxMCE will do it for you"

Just little things like that will make people question us abit :)


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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 09:44:55 am »
I agree with Spoonhead, both about the look of the site and the grammar / spelling  ;D

I particularly like the way the menus animate at the top of the screen. Very nicely done!

One quick question though....

You have a login to the site. Is this for the Forums, the Wiki or both? I've often wondered why, with so many sites sporting both a forum and a wiki, none have ever managed to unify the login to both.....
Paul
If you have the time to help, please see where I have got to at: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Wierdbeard65

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 05:14:25 pm »
I agree with Spoonhead, both about the look of the site and the grammar / spelling  ;D

I particularly like the way the menus animate at the top of the screen. Very nicely done!

One quick question though....

You have a login to the site. Is this for the Forums, the Wiki or both? I've often wondered why, with so many sites sporting both a forum and a wiki, none have ever managed to unify the login to both.....
Thanks for the feedback....
hey, you all are "allowed" to send me your corrections :-)

surely it can be possible to bridge all three website. that has to be discussed, whether it is needed or not. As far as i know, there is a bridge to the SMF Forum and a bridge to mediawiki/wiki. So it would be no problem at all.
But after all, it should be filled with content first, before we make it even better.....

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 07:14:12 pm »
Sight looks fantastic, well done!  Could you add a link to "Follow us on twitter" somewhere on the front page please? 

The twitter account i have setup for us is linked below;

http://twitter.com/mcelinux



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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 08:04:40 pm »
HAHA!

Very true, i created the account to just try and raise our profile slightly.  Its got a few people following ti at the moment, so is still sort of useful.

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 08:12:32 pm »
on linuxmce or mcelinux?
rock your home - http://www.agocontrol.com home automation

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 08:39:31 pm »
Sight looks fantastic, well done!  Could you add a link to "Follow us on twitter" somewhere on the front page please? 

The twitter account i have setup for us is linked below;

http://twitter.com/mcelinux



there is already a "official" lmce twitter feed and already placed on the frontpage of the new website?!

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2009, 12:22:24 pm »
Ok, must have missed the official feed when i was looking for it. 

In that case i can probably stop updating the feed i started and just watch the official one (if its updated regularly)

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2009, 06:12:00 pm »
Site's design is looking really good!

I surfed in the site and wrote some notes, tell me what you think:

As the features of LinuxMCE are the most important thing when choosing it over other media centers, I think that they should be on the front page. Hence, put:
    * Media
    * Telecom
    * Security
    * Lighting
    * Climate
in the front page in the slideshow area. Slide for each feature, contains the text from their feature page and some image.


Since LinuxMCE requires actually an OS installation, the download page should contain links for downloading LinuxMCE and link to a detailed installation instructions page. IFrame with the wiki inside is tedious and should be avoided (IMHO).

I think that the download page should contain download links and instructions for stable releases only. It is possible to add a link in the bottom which links to the wiki where all testing releases are documented.

It should be clear for people come to the site what LinuxMCE is, what it does, and how to download and install.

System Requirements should also be in the website with a page of their own, so one can find them fast (through the upper menu).

And, what about the developers area. It lakes very important data. Maybe it should include a brief review of the development aspects and link to the wiki for more information on how to offer help in the development process.

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Re: Site upgrade - want to give an hand
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2009, 01:24:33 pm »
Im about half way through a newbie style user guide for 0810 (currently in open office format).  This could be linked somewhere as a guide for people to download with MCE (or where ever you think it fits the layout of your page). 

Once this guide is complete I will then be focusing back in on the wiki to try and tidy up which entries are suitable for which version of Linuxmce.

If you would like to look at the rough cut of the user guide i am putting togeather I am willing to email it, just let me know.