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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 Customisable sites Presentation Transcript

    • Customizable social sites
      Lessons learned and questions unanswered
    • 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
    • Current best practices
      Microblogs
      Blogs + social networks
    • Flavors.me – simple styling
    • All about styling
    • Tumblr.com – beautiful themes
    • typepad.com – photo colour generator
    • typepad.com – simple action = great result
    • 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
    • Myspace.com – editor on top
    • posterous.com – smallest of them all
    • Blogger.com – using templates
    • Blogger.com – customize template
    • tumblr.com – css, do it all yourself
    • 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
    • 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
    • webjam.com – editor framework
    • webjam.com – simple choices
    • webjam.com – make it visual
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Questions + discussion
      sjors@webjam-ltd.com
      http://svirsk.org
      @sjors
      More to read:http://uxmag.com/design/rich-internet-application-screen-design