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The dev frontpage is not yet on the OpenEI dev site, BUT here are some screenshots of current development:

OpenEI Draft Frontpage 1.png
OpenEI Draft Frontpage 2.png

Notes and Comments

  • The lightbox-style popup (prettyphoto) is comparable to the Ted-style mouseover in Flash, with the exception that PrettyPhoto requires clicks to see content and get out of content, while Ted just requires mouseover / mouseout. This could be configured for mouseover/mouseout if it would make sense. - Rmckeel 11:34, 17 December 2010 (MST)
  • I'm concerned about trying to get too fancy with the layout (trying to put together a truly dynamic and unique layout of images of differing dimensions, etc). The screenshot above has an awful lot of whitespace within the gallery, for example. I wonder if a simpler gallery layout (possibly combined with fancy effects for captions, transitions, mousovers, etc) might yield better results. I've included a few examples below. Woodjr 09:25, 20 December 2010 (MST)
  • I'm switching to more mouseover interactions than click to open a modal, with captions. When the user mouses over, there will be a little more information - clicking will go to the page. In some cases, clicking will open a movie or other item that may not make sense to 'have its own page'. I don't yet have this frontpage online, but it's getting closer. I've updated the first image, above with current development. --Rmckeel 14:48, 23 December 2010 (MST)

Backend/Data feeds

The gallery at the center of the front page will be populated using queries against various types of OpenEI information. Candidate types include:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

The new homepage should be constructed with search engine optimization in mind. For example, changing its top-level heading should not be done without considering the SEO impact. The current heading "Energy Information, Data, and other Resources" was selected, in part, to encourage high placement of the OpenEI front page for search terms such as energy information, energy data, and energy resources.

I can use the prior H1 tag instead of "OpenEI: Connecting the world’s energy data". "Energy Information, Data, and other Resources " seems like a generic way to greet a user to our frontpage, but now I understand the SEO and will have it use the SEO-optimized title. Perhaps "OpenEI: Energy Information, Data, and other Resources" would make a slightly more human-friendly title? --Rmckeel 15:11, 20 December 2010 (MST)


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  1. Rmckeel 11:03, 17 December 2010 (MST)
  2. Woodjr 09:10, 20 December 2010 (MST)
  3. Jweers 08:58, 21 December 2010 (MST)