[Webcom] Planet.Osgeo in home page [was: Website Redesign]

Jeroen Ticheler Jeroen.Ticheler at geocat.net
Tue Jan 13 03:12:42 EST 2009

Hi All,
First of all I indeed think it is a good idea that Spotlight was  
removed in favor of the OSGeo Planet. I have some points for  
improvement too:
- When resizing to a narrow window, the planet and upcoming events  
jump down, leaving a wide white space next to the News section.
- The blog posts open in the same page as the OSGeo pages, so we lose  
the visitors instantly when they hit a blog post. I feel blog posts  
should be opened in a new window.
- I would suggest to remove the name of the blog writer. It means  
something to a very small community, but takes a lot of space that  
detracts from the actual subject.
- The titles / layout of the four main sections on the home page may  
benefit from a consistent layout and consistent dividers between the  
- Last thing is something I can't check now, but you may know: blog  
posts that end up on the OSGeo homepage should relate to the subject  
matter we deal with. So we should not see personal blog entries of new  
borns and so on end up there (even though those are incredibly  
important to the blogger and her/his friends!! :-) ). Do we filter the  
blog entries on an OSGeo tag? I think we should and it should be a  
guideline for bloggers to use the osgeo tag in case they want their  
stuff to end up on the OSGeo homepage.

Hope this is useful, ciao,

On Jan 13, 2009, at 7:19 AM, Jason Birch wrote:

> Hi Tyler,
> Do you know if the code you're using is sanitizing the titles?  I'd  
> hate
> to see nasty code being run on our site just because a member's blog  
> got
> hacked.
> The layout seems a bit odd to me.  I think we need section titles over
> each of the news and events areas.
> I'd personally have moved both the news and events into the left  
> column,
> brought more Planet OSGeo items into its own area on the right to
> balance the layout, and left the footer as a footer.
> Jason
> -----Original Message-----
> From: webcom-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
> [mailto:webcom-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Tyler Mitchell
> (OSGeo)
> Sent: January-12-09 9:42 PM
> To: Web committee discussions
> Subject: Re: [Webcom] Planet.Osgeo in home page [was: Website  
> Redesign]
> I changed a couple things on the front page, including adding a block
> showing the planet feed.
> In order to keep the central columns vertically balanced I moved what
> used to be the footer into the left (left-central) column and
> adjusted the number of items in the events and news lists.
> A couple things I'd still like to change, but not so confident in
> doing so :)
> 1- handle vertical spacing between blocks better
> 2- remove (or make more consistent) some of the outlines used around
> the central table and the interior blocks
> 3- have "more" link from planet block go to the actual
> planet.osgeo.org url instead
> Hope it works for you all.  Let me know if you have any more changes
> or rollback  suggestions ;-)
> Tyler
> On 12-Jan-09, at 12:17 PM, Jason Birch wrote:
>> Lorenzo wrote:
>>> I like it too
>>> I've checked drupal for this but I got lost
>>> happy there's Wolf here
>> I like this idea too, and am also happy Wolf is here. Between
>> WebCom and GSoC (and others) he's made great contributions to
>> OSGeo.  Thanks Wolf!
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