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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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Customisable sites Presentation Transcript

  • 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