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Need Feedback on Website Redesign

Discussion in 'Please Tell Us What You Think' started by bradmcgehee, May 23, 2005.

  1. bradmcgehee New Member

    I am in the very early stages of a website redesign that will probably take many months to complete. As part of this redesign, I want to redesign the tabbed menus, changing them to a drop-down tabbed format.

    Below is what I propose as the menu structure. Please let me know what you think of it, and offer me any constructive feedback.



    Home


    Articles
    --Performance Tuning
    --Clustering
    --General DBA
    --General Developer
    --All Articles, by Date


    Tips
    --Performance Tuning
    --Clustering
    --General DBA
    --General Developer


    FAQS
    --Performance Tuning
    --Clustering
    --General DBA
    --General Developer


    T-SQL Scripts


    Testing (will include self-tests)


    Books
    --Book Reviews
    --Book Excerpts


    SQL Server News
    --Current News
    --Upcoming Events


    Software
    --Software Reviews
    --Free Downloads
    --Discounted Software


    IT Research Library (third-party IT resources)


    Career


    Forum


    Web Logs


    Membership
    --Benefits of Joining
    --How to Manage Your Account
    --Monthly Contest
    --Free Technical Magazines






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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  2. dhilditch New Member

    In my humble opinion, market trends have moved swiftly away from the use of drop down menus in web pages as users find them difficult to use. A menu system on the Left hand side is more intuitive if you wish to show sub categories, where it is then easy to have the sub menu expanded downwards without covering up any part of the screen.

    I personally don't see any great advantage in providing semi-immediate access through the use of a sub menu as opposed to having just the main titles Articles, Tips... etc. It takes about the same amount of time to navigate to the part of the sub menu but with no info available to describe the sub menu item. I am in favour of having just the headings, users click on them, and then they can see the sub choices with maybe a description of each and a summary of number of articles perhaps.

    Just my thoughts.

    Dave

    david@matiogi.com
    www.matiogi.com
  3. bradmcgehee New Member

    That's the kind of feedback I am looking for. So what do others think? Is a tabbed, drop-down interface better, or do you prefer a left hand side menu? Or maybe something else?

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  4. FrankKalis Moderator

    Definitely a left hand side menu.
    Maybe a three-column design for the front-page. I mean, having a right hand side block for latest news, articles, contribution or whatsoever, if I can say so.

    The rest I've put together in a file I'll mail you tomorrow, Brad. It's on my office computer.

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    Frank Kalis
    SQL Server MVP
    http://www.insidesql.de
  5. deepakontheweb New Member


    A left hand side menu will be prefrable with all simple and easy to understand options. [specially designed for new coming users]

    Another this will be great, if you can include an option to find all post those have not recieved any reply till now. [may be for moderator's or senior forum members only]



    Deepak Kumar

    --An eye for an eye and everyone shall be blind
  6. dhilditch New Member

    Yeah, and if it's possible I'd like some way of seeing a list of topics that I am involved in that other people have subsequently replied to. I know you use a third party tool for this so not sure how easily possible this will be.

    Having said I'd like a left hand side menu, i think that would be good except i like this massive full width you have on the site. So maybe for the home page and some other pages have the full LHS menu and for others, like the forum, have just the menu headings (no drop downs) along the top.

    Am I just being awkward? 8()

    david@matiogi.com
    www.matiogi.com
  7. bradmcgehee New Member

    My current redesign project will only affect the part of the website I can easily control. Other parts, like the forum, that use third-party software, won't be changed at this time, although I will consider doing so after this current project.

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  8. FrankKalis Moderator

    Dave, you actually can see the threads you're involved in. Have a look at your profile. You should find youre "recent topics" there. By default it is limited to display the last 10 threads. But this easily be expanded by Brad. In the folder containing the forum files there is one file named pop_profile.asp. One only need to change <br /><pre id="code"><font face="courier" size="2" id="code"><br />do until rs2.EOF or (TopicCount = 10)<br /></font id="code"></pre id="code"><br />to a new number and that's it. By default the query collecting the information is limited to the last 30 days, but I think that's failry reasonable. Otherwise processing the query for Satya would timeout. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-4.gif' alt=':p' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />

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