Andkon Proposes New Design for Mozilla Foundation Front Page

Tuesday July 27th, 2004

Sometime Mozilla antagonist Andras "andkon" Konya has written an essay on how the Mozilla Foundation can attract new users by improving its website. Andkon takes a critical look at the current front page and the main Mozilla Firefox page before presenting an alternative front page design that he believes will cater better to the needs of end users.

#32 should at least be revised

by pchown

Wednesday July 28th, 2004 5:50 AM

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I'm not convinced by this specific proposal, but I think the mozilla site would benefit from revision. Imagine you've never heard of any Mozilla product, and someone sends you to the homepage today. At the top is "The latest from Mozilla ... Firefox ... Technology preview." You would immediately think that Mozilla is still in beta. There is the same problem on the "other systems and languages" page: the releases that end users shouldn't really be downloading are at the top. Some people will get confused and go away, while others will end up with an alpha release, which is even worse.

I am working on a product which uses XUL and runs on top of Mozilla. I never like to send people to in search of Mozilla, because I know they will get confused and discouraged, or just come away with the wrong product. Newbies are easily frightened off; they don't want to install anything that they feel they don't understand, in case it breaks their machines. Remember, we can fix our machines if that happens, someone like that is probably going to have things misbehaving for quite a while, and be asking friends for help -- yet again.

I think it's a good idea to do a kind of newbie walkthrough, where you visit the site and try to think what path a new user would take. On this path, is there anything that would cause confusion or scare them away?