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?
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! :)