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Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 12:22 pm    Post subject: The DS revamp continues - traders!  Reply with quote    

We're thinking of updating the way that Downsizer's traders are represented on the site.

Currently traders have a forum banner, and are part of this overall listing. The banner ads stay of course, but we're thinking of replacing the listing with a page along these lines:-

http://www.downsizer.net/blogcategory/Traders/

Each trader would have an entry comprising their business name, their banner ad, some blurb of their choice, plus links to their website and their DS profile.

You'll see that we're playing about with styles - and the third one down is my favourite. (In this scenario, the 'traders' page title would go, and some info about the traders page and how to be on it would appear in the left-hand column instead of article categories).

Entries on the traders page would be ordered by either DS username, or the business name - this is yet to be decided.

Comments welcome

A.

Rob R



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Location: York
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: The DS revamp continues - traders! Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:

Comments welcome

A.


I think Mullacott Farm is at an unfair advantage

I bet cheeky comments aren't as welcome.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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alison
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: The DS revamp continues - traders! Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
Barefoot Andrew wrote:

Comments welcome

A.


I think Mullacott Farm is at an unfair advantage

I bet cheeky comments aren't as welcome.



Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Right, I've tidied up the new page - there are now two traders on it

The page is accessed via a proper 'traders' link on the main menu - see www.downsizer.net

I've not got around to organising trader-related copy for the left-hand green column yet.

And I know the underline for Mochyn's item is short - it should be full page width (like Alison's). Minor but annoying hiccup, will sort anon.

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Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

looks good

earthmamma



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps when there are more traders you can put them into categories i.e. Accomodation, Food, Crafts and Gifts. Just a thought

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In the Olden Days there used to be categorisation of traders, but it got a bit messy - minor PITA to administer. So current thinking is that there isn't any sub-division of traders.
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Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Me likey

Do we traders need to supply some text for the revamp?

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You do - but bare in mind things are still a bit fluid. By all means PM a paragraph, but the page design isn't set in stone yet. We're just trialling ideas.
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marigold



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 12 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks good. Maybe use bold font for the heading? And I agree with earthmamma about the categories - attention spans are short and people need to be able to find what interests them quickly.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Right, current thinking is that this idea probably doesn't have much of a future, and that we're likely to revert to the traders list as is.

The basic problem is the readability and navigability of one single page containing everyone. Past experience has shown that categorisation, or breaking the page into N sub pages, just doesn't work that well (and adds extra work value to administer).

Howls of protest / alternative suggestions welcome, but unless we have a Shining Path of an idea I'll likely remove this trial Sunday night.

A.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
and adds extra work value


What?
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marigold



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
Right, current thinking is that this idea probably doesn't have much of a future, and that we're likely to revert to the traders list as is.

The basic problem is the readability and navigability of one single page containing everyone. Past experience has shown that categorisation, or breaking the page into N sub pages, just doesn't work that well (and adds extra work value to administer).

Howls of protest / alternative suggestions welcome, but unless we have a Shining Path of an idea I'll likely remove this trial Sunday night.

A.


Fair enough if you don't want to administer subcategories, but a one page list as per the example in your first post looks a LOT better that that shown on your "as is" link!!!

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 12 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

marigold wrote:
Barefoot Andrew wrote:
Right, current thinking is that this idea probably doesn't have much of a future, and that we're likely to revert to the traders list as is.

The basic problem is the readability and navigability of one single page containing everyone. Past experience has shown that categorisation, or breaking the page into N sub pages, just doesn't work that well (and adds extra work value to administer).

Howls of protest / alternative suggestions welcome, but unless we have a Shining Path of an idea I'll likely remove this trial Sunday night.

A.


Fair enough if you don't want to administer subcategories, but a one page list as per the example in your first post looks a LOT better that that shown on your "as is" link!!!


Agree with Marigold, the trial looks so much cleaner and sharper.

EV

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