I redesigned Nairaland and wrote a Case Study


#7

thanks alot


#8

You might be right by "design is never finished though, there is always something to improve on.

As for my input on what could be done to improve the information architecture, the thing is, we also don’t want to make the right info hard to find for the users, one of the ways i solved that was to reduce the frontpage topics from over 60 to 30, so that the user can always see the most recent posts without having to go through a stream of information, if they want more they can use the pagination links below. if i reduced the topics to about 10 users might not easily find anything interesting due to rate at which topics are being pushed to the frontpage.

Another thing that can work here is, users subscribing to the forum categories so that they only see information based on what they have subscribed to on the frontpage, that wont work for general site visitors though because they are not logged in.

If we take a look at apps such as facebook , twitter and instagram, there is an endless scroll of feeds and even different things displayed within the reach of the user, in the case of facebook, stories, chat, groups and page notifications, can we say that is also overwhelming? the autoload feature wont work for nairaland that was the reason i used pagination instead.

instagram for example stories and feeds from followers dominates the homepage, i tried to make sure the 2 most important things ( forum categories, subcategories card at the top and the recommended topics card right after the ads) are well displayed, enough to give to user direction on how to access more information if required, everything on that page is secondary.

A user might decide to login or not, most of the information on nairaland can be accessed without logging on to the site.

I stand to be corrected.


#9

This will work, I have seem it work in other forums. The engineering involved though :sweat_smile:


#10

lol…i think its something that can be implemented, personalised feeds, this will go along way to improving the user experience of the site. less but more specific and detailed information.


#11

True. I am currently working on something like this for Radar. The first part might not be as smart but everyone should get a more useful feed/homepage as a result of it.


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#12

would love to see what the new radar will be like when its implemented, i believe things can be improved upon, thats why its software, we might not get it perfectly the first time but things will get better and smarter gradually when coupled with feedback gotten from members and general users. Cheers!


#13

You redesigned a site and no single image your design for mobile layout? Considering that maybe over 70% of their users logon from a phone.


#14

Bros calm down na, no be fight. You can give that comment with a little more kindness please, why so angry :slight_smile:

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#15

First of all, i appreciate your feedback, the thing is, i actually made some sketches of what the mobile version will look like, but due to time constraints i might not have been able to finish the designs and might just abandon it at the end of the day, resources will just go into the drain.

But with the little i was able to do, i have gotten feedback that has helped one way or the other, even from this particular thread it made me think of other ways the experience could be improved ON and thats was what i wanted to achieve by putting my work out there.

Everyday is a another opportunity to learn something new. If time permits i might as well work on the mobile version and update the case study and the designs as well. Cheers!


#16

Awesome! Feedback helps make things better.

If you want to build on the design, why not do one for Radar instead? It might be helpful to see what someone else is thinking with regards to how Radar’s outlook can be improved on.

There aren’t that many Discourse forums out there with custom designs, but Feverbee’s community home page is a good one to look at if you are interested in something like this.


#17

It would be great if i can contribute to radar this way, would see if i can come up with something refreshing, from your findings what are the things that you want to improve on? would add that to what i also observe and see how it goes from there. Thanks


#18

Cool. I am almost done editing a post that explains that, I will post it soon.


#19

Alright, no problem boss.


#20

I believe If it’s not broken , don’t fix…
Innovation and change is wonderful but anything that will tinker or affect user experience is a no no.
I know of 2 or 3 forums that are more advanced and user friendly than nairaland but will never dream of getting 5% of daily hits and engagement that nairaland boasts of.
Ordinary bad leadership and economy is affecting radar and the others but NL stays strong.
I might be wrong though, I’m not a techie, just a trader from Onitsha who bumped into the radar community and loved all the topics. Kindly school me if I’m wrong.


#21

There is truth in what you are saying. Nobody is right or wrong, no need to prove that. We are all here to learn. Positive and constructive feedback is more helpful. It keeps the conversation going :slightly_smiling_face:


#22

Hmmm! Sorry sir…


#23

Thank you sir… I’ve been on nairaland since 2006, honestly the looks has become boring but most of the users might not feel the same way that I feel though.
If I were to suggest any changes to nairaland, It would be an independent message box instead of the system they have now : initiating conversations in my email box, I don’t like it.
And creating some sort of verification system so people could have verified profiles. It would cut down the trolling that happens there. At times I feel nairaland encourages trolling so as to increase engagement.


#24

Yes, you are right on these things, One design/redesign can’t solve all the current site challenges at once, feedback from users too is also important, in design one also need to put the users in mind and not build something completely or far too different from what they are currently used to, maybe if this redesign was accepted/implemented, these things you mentioned and many others could be improved on, one feature at a time. Thanks for your contributions. Cheers!


#25

Yeah, this is why most websites create beta version.
Users can use both versions before migration.
The change wouldn’t be drastic, but gradual. Some people are afraid of change.


#26

They can learn from Google webmaster tool, at first I disliked the new interface but recently I prefer it to the old one, that’s after I got to understand how it works.