Hi there, I’m Maelan.
For the ones who don’t know me, I’ve introduced myself here. So, nice to meet you ! :)
First of all, I have to laud Atrayonis for the great job is has and still be doing on the new website, which is reeeeeally cool !!! And you know, even a really good thing could get better.
So, as a simple graphic designer with a bit of webdesign experience, I’m proposing some improvements that can be done to the website. Don’t be mistaken, I do not propose my help to bother Atrayonis (although I do love it !), as he answered favourably to me, but in fact to make the site a bit more appealing to new comers. Because for now, it is a lot of content, almost text. The visitor has to be guided so he can make his way into the site (and especially the JOIN button). The problem of the actual site is that every piece of information is like… at the same level (visually I mean). So the visitor can be easily lost, or just bored if nothing else than text catches his eyes !
I think the first thing to work on is the home-page.
Thus, I’ve made a quick mock-up to show you guys what could be a better home-page to me.
Here it is → http://i.imgur.com/3iA6Z5U.jpg (link is external)
And here is a previous version that Atra don’t like (“that’s terrible!!!”) → http://i.imgur.com/pzpHMNu.png (link is external)
Of course, I invite you to comment on both of them, especially if you don’t like !
Also, note that the background acts the same way it does right know, however it is impossible to fake parallax on fixed images.
Now, let me explain the reasons I have done it this way :
- I wanted the homepage to look more like a portal, or a hub where every important information is gathered, and linked to a more detailed page. Also, hierarchy is really important when you have several types of informations. To my opinion, the first thing to be seen is a striking visual that represents TR. You definitely need to make us dream, if you want more people to come in. The better idea Atrayonis and I had for that is a Slideshow, with some gorgeous screenshots as you know how to take it, attracting us right to the Mainlands of Morrowind.
- Then, the second important thing is a quick presentation of your project. We currently have one in the actual homepage, but it is rather small and in a unconvienient place.
- Thirdly, the news. In my version, it’s a bit different compared to the current homepage which is in fact the newspage. At term, both pages will be separated, so there could be only two or three news on the homepage as the same time, so the homepage will not be too long.
- And finally the right column, which is really important. Ok... downloading the files is great, but if you want more people to join they’ll need to meet you easily to the forum, the social networks, Discord, IRC and so on. So that’s the reason why all these useful links have to be gathered at the same place, in a visual and simple way. That’s because your site needs to be the hub of all your online content, and a meeting place !
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you’ve found it interesting.
Atrayonis and me are really looking forward to hearing your opinion !