Over the last few months of last year you have have seen or, hopefully, engaged with the project to redesign the Drupal.org website.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update, but I’m really excited to say that despite the quiet here, the Drupal community have been busy working on the new site and it is really starting to come together beautifully.
Want to check it out? You can find it over on the staging server at staging.dosprint.org – the username and password are “demo” (not sure exactly why it’s protected, but, nevermind.
There’s still lots of work to do, but we’re really happy with how it is looking and really impressed that the community has been able to pull together and get so far with the work so quickly – well done all! We look forward to seeing it get closer to going live.
One of the great things about Drupal is that you can bend it to your will – get it to do just about anything you need it to do. Same goes for it’s administration interface (admin).
Before we get to work on the Drupal7 Admin, we’d love to see what you out there have done to make the Drupal Admin System do what you need it to do, or just to work better for you and your project.
Here’s how we want to do it – simply take a little screencast, it seems to take us about six or seven minutes – and walk us through your admin system and show us what you’ve done, even if it’s just something tiny – to make Drupal work better for you.
You can check out some examples that others have done at the Drupal7UX YouTube Group then once you’ve recorded yours, upload it and post it to the group so we can take a look. (Of course, if you’d rather host it elsewhere, you can just leave a link to your preferred location in the comments below (thanks Brandonian, we’ve got a note of yours!)
We’re really looking forward to seeing your work and to see if some interesting trends start to emerge!
update: for those who ask, we’ve been using Silverback to record our screencasts. If you’re a Mac user and interested in User Experience you should have Silverback. It’s great and ridiculously affordable.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to develop a framework to understand and frame the Drupal7 Audience in such a way as we can successfully design for them. We thought you might be interested in seeing some of our thinking to date, so we recorded a quick chat about it in the video above. (I really should do my hair before videoing myself!)
As an overview, here is the outline of what we’re thinking:
There are three important user attributes: role, type of site, and size/complexity of the user ecosystem(number of users in the system and no. of different roles defined).
- end user (define here)
- site builder
- site administrator
Important site types:
- single user
- 2-5 users
- 5-15 users
-more than 15 users
(need to work out a way to define number of user roles as well)
This is still very much work in progress and there is more thinking to be done – stay tuned. Meanwhile, I think we need to come up with a fancy word for our little audience prototype thingy.
The combination of powerful functionality, amazing community and great user experience should make Mark & I switch from WordPress/Expression Engine to Drupal7 as soon as it is released.
We should be so proud of the User Experience for newcomers to Drupal that we need to redesign Drupal.org to put the download button back on the homepage.
One of the things we were least happy with in our process for the Drupal.org redesign project was the experience strategy that we developed and then hardly referenced at all. This was because it was simply too long for anyone to keep in mind – an unwieldy experience strategy, as it turns out, is not much of an experience strategy at all.
With that in mind we have drafted strategy statements and goals which we hope to use as ‘stars to sail our ship by’ on this project.