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Www.dotahomercom is a gaming forum website for world of warcraft dota game players. It is a website with poor UI and functionality. Also improper use of graphics makes it look like some other website, ...

Www.dotahomercom is a gaming forum website for world of warcraft dota game players. It is a website with poor UI and functionality. Also improper use of graphics makes it look like some other website, failing to attract the users.

So my this project deals with redesigning www.dotahomer.com keeping in mind the latest trend in gaming forums and what gamers actually need.

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    • By : GauravManglaPRN : 1115
    • Www.dotahomercom is a gaming forum website for world ofwarcraft dota game players. It is a website with poor UI andfunctionality. Also improper use of graphics makes it look like someother website, failing to attract the users.So my studio project 4 deals with redesigning www.dotahomer.comkeeping in mind the latest trend in gaming forums and what gamersactually need.
    • A small survey..(reaction to complex WebPages)• 1) User 1 : Gamespot is great for all game information needed, but the opening page is taxingto see every time.• 2) User 2 : Dotastrategy is a good compilation. Scrolling down is a pain though.• 3) User 3 : I like Blizzard and Microsoft games website. But the flash player is time taking.• 4) User 4 : Looks should b secondary. I need to only get the job done.• We can conclude:• 1)People like visuals(IF they don’t slow them down)• 2)People don’t want to spend too much time .• 3) Most users visit game websites for downloadpurposes.• 4) Good looking design is highly noticed by gamers.
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Reviews•The website has little or no aesthetic sense or appeal.•It has no graphics or images pertaining to its subject matter i.e. DOTA, therefore making itvery difficult for newcomers to understand what the website is about.•It has been designed in an 4:3 aspect ratio, in today’s standard 16:9 ratio screens thewebsite leaves a very large portion of the screen as white space.•The website has no drop down menus, whatsoever, most the the links on the menu barlead to other websites.•Important downloads like DOTA maps and wallpapers arent given separate pages on thewebsite, rather they are placed crudely on the home page.
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Reviews•The website has no language options, and is available only in English. Considering thediversity of the gamers involved with DOTA, it should be viewable in other languages.•There is no separate space for web banners and advertisements. They are places bluntlyin the center of the home page.
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Suggestions•The website should be made graphically pleasing and self explanatory. Its home page shouldgive the user an idea of its subject matter.•It should appeal to both newcomers and hardcore fan bases.•It should bring with itself the basic stylization and dynamics of the game “World of Warcraft”, on which it is based.•It should be structured in a more organized fashion, with drop down menus and workinglinks.•It should be build keeping in mind modern day aspect ratios and resolution. Also it must beaccessible on newer, more popular portable platforms such as iPads and phones.•Universal accessibility options such as alternate languages should be available for thewebsite.
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23•The basic layout of the website is very bland and uninteresting. It doesn’t do anyjustice to the DOTA theme or addresses any aspect of the game.•Unclear UI makes it difficult to navigate and find previous versions. There is noseparate category for AI maps and its all mixed up in the downloads area.•The maps automatically receive the patches and get updated whilst erasing theprevious version completely. It would be nice to have the option of downloading thepatch as well as he prepatch for the same map in order to compare or do a testing.•The required version of War craft 3 is not listed beside the name of the map. Even theofficial WC3: TFT is nowhere to be found.Reviews
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23Suggestions•Since the site is horrible in its design and presentation, the first suggestion is abetter layout. Something that highlights different sections of the website andenumerate their functions.•The second major addition would be a better use of the DOTA Lore as a medium ofpresentation. A world so rich in art and style should become a catalyst in the visualdesign of the site.•There is no point of having shout boxes/chat options when the website doesn’tdemand a dedicated community in the form of forums. One is not required to signin or anything, so its pointless to have an integrated social tool, which actually isserving no purpose.
    • Subham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22Reviews•The page resolution is not matched with the screen resolution.•Looks like a corporate website, not a gaming website•The information is categorized properly.•Login option is not easily visible.
    • Subham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22Suggestions•Add funky text and graphics to give it a funky look.•Categorize the information according to user priority.•Show a login option in the starting to ensure better privileges to member id.
    • Harsh HedeDota playerAge - 20Reviews•Site lacks the purpose for what it has been designed forneeds more presence of world of war craft: the game whichit is dedicated to.
    • Harsh HedeDota playerAge - 20Suggestions•It can be more game centric, with more game elements andfeel being depicted cosmetically.
    • Himanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21Reviews•The full theme of the website strays away from the theme ofDOTA which is not right. The menu system needs to be moredefined. Over all look of the website should become moreDOTA specific.
    • SuggestionsHimanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21•Include picture of characters from the game on the website.•Have the similar font of the game on the website
    • Layout is kept simpleScrolling down is reduced to a greatextent.Animation is clear and vivid in theMain Graphic.Banner is changing after every 5seconds.Static bottom toolbar menu ispersistently present butCan be hidden.
    • Usability
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23ReviewsThe website now is visually attractive and structurally strong. Its home page hasthe world of Warcraft logo, which effectively reveals its purpose.Everything in the site, from font style to separators now carry the distinct style ofWarcraft. The site is now visibly cleaner, its menus and links are organized to makeits functioning efficient. The resolutions and aspect ratio now work in accordanceto modern devises. Also the chat room in now visibly clearer and easy to operate.The website now has gallery system in place. Wallpapers related to Warcraft cannow be viewed and downloaded with ease.There is also now a separate page for downloading DOTA maps. The page isfurther divided into subcategories like Maps, Update, Mods, Patches etc., makingnavigation simpler.
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23ReviewsImportant elements like web banners and advertisements now have a separatespace. Furthermore, the website can now be accessed in six different languageswith a single click.Lastly, the website now has link to buy or download trial of World of Warcraft, fornewcomers who don’t already own a copy of the game.
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Tasks•Post your problem to the forum chat window on home page.Steps :Enter name in ‘name’ text box.Enter website in ‘website’ textbox.Enter problem in ‘message’ text box.Click on SHOUT button.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Tasks•View wallpaperSteps :Click on ‘GALLERY’ from menu bar.Select ‘wallpapers’ from the given categories.Click on the wallpaper to be viewed.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • Sanidhya MeenaDota playerAge - 23Tasks•Download mapSteps :Click on ‘DOWNLOADS’ from menu bar.Select ‘MAPS’ from the given categories.Click on the link given in front of the requiredmap.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23•Good layout.•The homepage has lot of useful features which are easily accessible.•Fast access and clear visual direction towards the download section.•The wallpaper window on the homepage is cool.•Mods, fixes etc are categorized well.•The version of war craft required is not mentioned beside the name.•Text is readable and placed at good spacing.Reviews
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23Tasks•Post your problem to the forum chat window on home page.Steps :The tool required to do so was available onthe home page itself. So it was just a matter offew clicks.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23Tasks•View wallpaperSteps :There is a wallpaper panel on the homepageand a separate page for the differentwallpapers as a gallery.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • SiddhantDota playerAge - 23Tasks•Download mapSteps :First the download page must be accessedfrom the homepage. Then the desired versionof DOTA can be downloaded from there.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hard
    • Subham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22Reviews•Good use of color palette. Dull colors to give a gaming look•Good categorization of options.•Good chat and messaging facility
    • Tasks•Post your problem to the forum chat window on home page.Steps :Write in the message box on home page.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Tasks•View wallpaperSteps :Go to wallpapers section.Select wallpapers from the column.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Tasks•Download mapSteps :Go to download menuSelect maps from the side columnHighlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Harsh HedeDota playerAge - 20Reviews•Complete feel of the game comes to life. It now looks morelike a website dedicated to dota.
    • Tasks•Post your problem to the forum chat window on home page.Steps :Open websiteLocate chat window on the rightType suggestionGet a solution in replyHighlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Tasks•View wallpaperSteps :Open SiteClick GalleryWallpapers load by defaultSelect a wallpaperHighlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Tasks•Download mapSteps :Open SiteMaps load by defaultClick on the download file opposite mapdescription.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardSubham KapaleyDota playerAge - 22
    • Himanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21Reviews•DOTA logo is there on the site, huge improvement.•Text and text effects go with the DOTA theme.•Categories are spot on.
    • Tasks•Post your problem to the forum chat window on home page.Steps :Enter name in ‘name’ text box.Enter website in ‘website’ textbox.Enter problem in ‘message’ text box.Click on SHOUT button.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardHimanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21
    • Tasks•View wallpaperSteps :Click on ‘GALLERY’ from menu bar.Select ‘wallpapers’ from the given categories.Click on the wallpaper to be viewed.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardHimanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21
    • Tasks•Download mapSteps :Click on ‘DOWNLOADS’ from menu bar.Select ‘MAPS’ from the given categories.Click on the link given in front of the requiredmap.Highlight one :Very easyEasyHardVery hardHimanshu BhataraDota playerAge - 21