NetSquared Redesign: The Search for a New Home[page]

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We are working on a redesign of the NetSquared platform.  With feedback from the Community and even from ourselves, we have put together a big list of wishes and needs.  After some great redesign mockups, we are ready to invite the Community back into the conversation to help us continue the process.  (Learn more about the redesign here.)  Today, we're focusing in on the home page!

We are working on a redesign of the NetSquared platform.   With feedback from the Community and even from ourselves, we have put together a big list of wishes and needs.   After some great redesign mockups, we are ready to invite the Community back into the conversation to help us continue the process.   (Learn more about the redesign here.)   Today, we're focusing in on the home page!

We all know how important a home page is, after all, it's even called the "home" page.   We want the NetSquared home page to be much more of a home for all that is going on behind it on the site.   This is a screen shot of how we might do just that!   (Click here for a larger view of the screenshot.)

net2 home page redesign

 

Data

To provide you with the full context, we want to share some data about the site publicly.   The homepage receives 9,000+ visitors in a month and the site averages around 43,000 visits/month.   There are 21,000 registered users, and the Community Blog averages around 74 blog posts per month.   There are more than 40 Net Tuesday groups and that number is growing rapidly.   Thus, it's imperative to create a home page that can more valuably connect information and opportunities with visitors.

Who are you?

The redesigned NetSquared homepage enables new and returning visitors to immediately identify how they want to engage - to Innovate, Collaborate, or Support. The previous homepage wasted real estate with graphics that didn't convey important information or link to key destinations. The redesign takes advantage of space above and below the fold, guiding visitors toward meaningful action. The new design amplifies the community's voice, highlights local events, and provides multiple action opportunities for visitors at all level of engagement.

What's new?

The new design provides a permanent and streamlined place for Challenge and conference news. Previously, alerts crossed the top of pages throughout the site, pushing important content further below. The "Hot Spot" provided static news and sacrificed important space. The improved NetSquared Updates will have their own RSS feed to keep the community notified as they choose.

Community's voice

The NetSquared community features a strong blog that includes a wide range of voices. The new design makes this blog more accessible, and it more clearly identifies its role. It makes the conversations and contributions happening every day on the website prominent and immediately visible.

The blog is a tremendous resource by the community and for the community. Unfortunately, the current site makes the blog terribly inaccessible. The new design encourages contributions by featuring them more prominently.  

Net2 Local

Net Tuesdays are growing rapidly—now with over 40 groups around the world, 17% in Africa! These local events now have their own place on the homepage and throughout the site. The Net2 local box will use RSS to pull details from the local groups' meetup.com calendars to keep the global events accurate and timely.

Give us your feedback!

We are approaching our redesign in a Community-driven way because we recognize that you are the ones who use, read, and play on the site.   We are anxious to hear your thoughts about this home page redesign idea!

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Want to help us make this a reality?

Implementing a redesign like this will require some funds we currently don't have.   If you are interested in contributing to the redesign, please contact the NetSquared Director, Billy Bicket, at bbicket@techsoup.org