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Since Geocities made it easy to publish and build websites online editors have come a long way. The capability of tuning your own site contributed both to the rise and fall of Myspace. After Myspace …

Since Geocities made it easy to publish and build websites online editors have come a long way. The capability of tuning your own site contributed both to the rise and fall of Myspace. After Myspace it seemed for a while that allowing your users to customize any design was not done, but slowly we see the market recover and a willingness to experiment with new kinds of style editors is growing. In this article I will try to describe some trends that are going on which can help you to pick the right editor for your next project.

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  • 1. Customizable social sites
    Lessons learned and questions unanswered
  • 2. What is this presentation about?
    A look at the current best practices
    What I’m currently working on
    Things to take into consideration (aka lessons learned)
    Discussion
  • 3. Current best practices
    Microblogs
    Blogs + social networks
  • 4. Flavors.me – simple styling
  • 5. All about styling
  • 6. Tumblr.com – beautiful themes
  • 7. typepad.com – photo colour generator
  • 8. typepad.com – simple action = great result
  • 9. Lessons from microblogs
    Editor can be placed where-ever wanted
    Give users the ‘feeling’ they are in control of the design
    Blow them away with great pre-made styles
  • 10. Myspace.com – editor on top
  • 11. posterous.com – smallest of them all
  • 12. Blogger.com – using templates
  • 13. Blogger.com – customize template
  • 14. tumblr.com – css, do it all yourself
  • 15. Lessons from blogs + social networks
    Editors preferable small and on top
    Work with templates, make sure the defaults look great
    Gradually allow users more control
    Pick a template
    customize template
    edit css
  • 16. Current work at Webjam
    Focus on different user roles
    Encourage users to customize themes
    But keep them away from ongoing editing sessions
    Make it a visual appealing ‘fun’ experience
  • 17. webjam.com – editor framework
  • 18. webjam.com – simple choices
  • 19. webjam.com – make it visual
  • 20. Complexity curve
    The more flexibility you offer the more complex the interface of the editor becomes (the harder your usability test are going to be).
  • 21. How to deal with complexity
    Try to keep make your themes and customization options so good looking that users won’t request editing the site themselves.
  • 22. 6 guidelines for RIAs
    Make It Direct
    Keep It Lightweight
    Stay on the Page
    Provide an Invitation
    Use Transitions
    React Immediately
    source: http://www.insideria.com/2009/09/50-most-usable-rias.html
  • 23. Questions + discussion
    sjors@webjam-ltd.com
    http://svirsk.org
    @sjors
    More to read:http://uxmag.com/design/rich-internet-application-screen-design