Featured Articles Slider - Effectively guiding your members through the maze
There are many exciting UI elements we are adding to Version 4 to make browsing more enjoyable and convenient. Today I am going to talk about the New Home page w/ Article Slider and Featured articles.
New Home Page with Article Slider and Featured Articles
The most prominent change you will notice immediately in the screen shots is the new forum home page with a big Article Slider at the top
and up to 10 featured articles
listed beneath it.
Typically when you land on a traditional forum platform you see a gigantic forum list, and it can be very intimidating to new users because they have no idea where interesting contents are located and will have to first browse the forum list, and then browse the message list.
People tend not to stick around if they can't spot hot topics
or understand what's going on right away.
In V4, we solve this problem by giving you the ability to feature popular contents
you want people to see right away. And this feature is not limited to the contents on your forum; it can be anything like a short intro to your Facebook page too. When you featured an article, you can add a short description, upload an eye catching photo to make it outstanding,
and if this article is to be featured on the top Article Slider (useful when you want to show a big photo), you can even add captions to the photo
and style the captions and photos individually (you can rotate the photo, change the opacity, etc.). See the screen shots for example.
With this new layout, you can effectively guide new users and re-familiarize infrequent users
, making it easy to engage your members
Of course, it doesn't mean we have removed the forum list at all. If you prefer, you can still make it the default home page. But I believe you will find it more engaging with the new presentation style.
Release is scheduled for Q4, 2012
We will be releasing more exciting info about V4 like what we have done for the past months, and because of the complexity involved in bringing tighter integration with Facebook, we need a bit more time to polish and test. Therefore, we aim to release the beta in Q4 2012 and soon after that the final version.
Thanks again for your time and this will be the last post from me for 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!
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