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we're going to be re-designing the chess.com homepage a little bit in the next few weeks and i was hoping to get some feedback!
what do you think of the following parts of the homepage (do you like them or use them?)
here are some other additions we are considering, so tell me what you think:
recent articles list, recent blogs list, recent forum topics, daily puzzle, survey
chess equipment reviews, chess videos, play chess blue box (I use the My Home link), learn chess yellow box, events & calendar, featured download
Cool. I usually click-through for the larger board before solving it anyay.
::shrug:: I know where the search bar is and don't use those other features.
stuff near me (players, events, coaches, etc)
I'd include the monkey picture if you could make them playing chess at the same time.
Also, it's nice that you are catering to people of certain countries, but shouldn't you call them Asians? :)
I really don't use the chess.com homepage; I have a Firefox tab parked on my homepage.
I absolutely agree whit the puzzle modification and the monkeys stuff!
"a huge animate picture of monkeys jumping on a bed"
I'd put this in some huge pop-up ad that follows the screen as you scroll and when you click to close the pop-up it redirects you to some random domain for sale.
Main news article at the top: I often click to read about it and I think this should stay
Recent articles list: I don't really use this, but it should stay if it does not take up too much space
Recent blog list: Same comment as above, I don't use this but it should stay if it does not take up too much space
Chess equipment reviews: I do not like this section and I feel that it should be removed to have more space for other things
Newest members: I feel this is very important and should certainly stay front and center. The members is what makes up the site and the new members flashing on the page shows that the site is growing
Recent forum topics: I think this is important because it is a major way for the chess community to communicate on various chess topics.
Chess videos: I personally do not use this section and I think it could be removed. Many of the videos which show up here are insignificant, very short, or not enjoyable. Maybe there could be some kind of featured video where only important ones are shown such as recent chess news clips, or recent player interviews and such
Play chess blue box: This is very important because most of us are here to mainly play chess with others, so of course this must be included
Learn chess yellow box: Again, this is very important because we have many new members who are beginners just learning how to play chess so we must make it easy for them to learn and enjoy the game
Daily Puzzle: This is very important as many users come to the site just to take a quick look at the daily puzzle to keep their chess vision sharp. This is a must for the homepage
Survey: I always find the surveys fun and interesting so I hope there would be room for this to be included
Events and calendar: I am always interested to see what chess events are coming up in my area as I am an active tournament player so I think this should stay
Featured coach: I think this should be removed. Personally I have never had a chess coach and I dont intend to ever have one
Featured download: I am always looking for new and interesting resources and tools to improve my chess so I think this is useful
More prominent search bar: I support this idea
better PLAY | LEARN | SHARE boxes: I think this is a great idea. We need to give the new members all the help we can so they do not get frustrated and leave
a link to a Guide to Chess.com: Again a great idea, the more user-friendly for new members the better!
Faster loading times / removal of daily puzzle interactive: I do not like this trade off. I think the load time is already good and I like the idea of allowing users to solve the daily puzzle from the homepage
Stuff near me: I think this is a very good idea. I am always looking to find chess resources in my local area
Animation of monkeys jumping on bed: Of course we are joking here, but what about monkeys jumping on the bed while juggling chess pieces?! That would be impressive!
that didnt help really did it .......
you usualy get things right the recent adds havent messed up owt, good to think your gettin some extra revenue
YES!! If you need models I am available!
I would like a help page to tell me and others how the chessboard should be used in forums.
I've now worked out that there are ways of putting in variations etc. but obviously some members who are looking at these dont realise (from their comments e.g. 'why cant the Bishop take on f6?') that they can be viewed in the move list.
Also, I have put comments in my submits, and they come at the side of the board instead of underneath.
And I cant download my games in pgn even though there is a button for it in the game creator. So I end up going through the whole game. Which can be a waste of time.
I must say though, this is a really minor point and the site is, overall, absolutely excellent. So congrats to the chess.com team and thanks for listening!
main news article at top – I don’t read them often, but some are interesting recent articles list – should stay! I like browsing through the articles recent blogs list - same chess equipment reviews – I don’t think we need this on the home page, just a link would be enough I think newest members – maybe more than just 2? recent forum topics – same as articles and blogs chess videos – I never watch them, connection too slow play chess blue box – I hadn’t noticed that one yet learn chess yellow box – good to have on home page daily puzzle – good! survey – usually fun J events & calendar – I don’t look at it at all featured coach – why? it has been the same guy for months now, I would think he pays for this featured download – has been the same for a while too, I think a link would be enoughhere are some other additions we are considering, so tell me what you think: more prominent search bar – good idea better PLAY | LEARN | SHARE boxes at the top to help people get started a link to a Guide to Chess.com (to orient people) – good idea too faster loading times by removing the interactive daily puzzle, but having just an image of it that you can click and then go to the bigger one in the forums – yes, makes a lot of sense to me stuff near me (players, events, coaches, etc) – yes, good idea, though it won’t be much in my case; players near me would be interesting
I'm sorry my layout got messed up by copying pasting and copying pasting to and from Word :(
use it, use it...
sometimes use it, if a title catches me
nope, nope, though the second is a novelty
nope to all three.
yes, but I like your idea of speeding it up
When I first log on, I want to know about my games, and then immedately want to know what is going on in the chess.com community, and I think the best way to do that is through the forums. Any chance you could make that "recent forum topics" a little longer, so we can see more of what was just posted? I also like the idea of speeding up the website by putting the puzzle on another page. Would it speed up more to do the same thing with the chess video? The newest members section gets about a half-a-glance, and I do not use the events and calendar. The idea of *players near me* is a REALLY good idea, though! (nice job, Margreet!)
Does block-function also include forum threads?
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