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About the home page redesign... (and b2evo 5.1)

Posted on March 17, 2014 by fplanque in b2evolution.net

So far b2evolution has been like organic food applied to CMS software: it is the Best Quality Ever but it had no flashy packaging to advertise for it. Well it turns out people like flashy packagings. And flashy packagings don't make what's inside any less organic and high-quality.

So let's try to pimp our packaging a bit, shall we?

If you have looked at b2evolution's home page today, you can't have missed our efforts on that! ;)

Following a first cleanup, we have radically changed it this week-end. We hope you'll agree we actually "radically improved" it ;) There have been both "tactical" and "strategic" changes. Both planned changes and changes suggested by you, our users. There's been more than a hundred hours of work on this redesign already and we have a remaining list of changes for at least another hundred hours. But we'd like to take a moment to ask for your feedback.

Do you like where this is going? ...or did we go too far?

What do you think the next priorities should be?

What info is missing?

What's too much?

Have you seen interesting things on other sites we should draw inspiration from? (URLs welcome)

How much farther should we go?

5.1

Also, under the hood, this new page (and the majority of the site) now run on b2evolution 5.1. A giant live beta test if you will. We're fixing bugs by the dozen. If you see something strange, please kindly report it ;)

What this also means is that a public beta of 5.1 is really close now. It's hard to estimate a date because the real date is "as soon as we don't find new bugs any more" but I would guesstimate about 10 days from now.

Note: we're also working on all the feedback we received. Please continue to tell us what you'd like. We're all ears! :)

8 comments

Comment from: slamp [Member]  

I like the new HOME !

2 things:
- To be able to add a comment I need to register or login.
I already have a login but I can’t login on this page. I had to go to the forum, login, then go back to this page
- on the new home page, if I right click on link “Example 1, 2, original” I have a 404 error.

03/18/14 @ 11:43
Comment from: fplanque [Member]  

@slamp Thank you :)

Your first comment was posted but as you were anonymous it was awaiting moderation.

Yes this skin needs to allow login. It will be fixed soon as we harmonize the whole site. This is still in progress (and includes merging in the plugin directory on the main b2evo install).

What you describe with the examples is strange. What browser are you using?
Do the rollovers work on these links (before you click it should change the screenshot image on the left)?
Also the links have href="#” and should react to javascript only. So I don’t understand how it’s possible that they send you to a 404. What URL do they send you to?

Thanks for your help.

03/18/14 @ 15:24
Comment from: slamp [Member]  

MP sent with details

03/19/14 @ 09:53
Comment from: Hypocrite [Visitor]
Hypocrite

If you right click on the examples in the slider in the homepage and copy the link, the link points to:
http://b2evolution.net/skins/b2evo_home/#

And this results in 404.

03/19/14 @ 11:48
Comment from: fplanque [Member]  

@hypocrite : does the JavaScript action work (screenshot change) when you hover on the link ?

03/20/14 @ 15:36
Comment from: Hypocrite [Visitor]
Hypocrite

The actual javascript works fine if you normally click it with left mouse button.

The problem is only if you right click on the tabs and try to open them for example in another tab / window.

03/21/14 @ 08:50
Comment from: fplanque [Member]  

Ok, I made a change. Now there should be no right click option. Does it work as expected for you know? ;)

03/22/14 @ 00:20
Comment from: Jacques Joubert [Member]  

The home page is much better. Well done.

03/28/14 @ 12:27