While my career is firmly rooted in user experience design, I often find myself rescuing websites stuck in old-world web-designer arrangements and migrating them to blog/CMS platforms like WordPress or Squarespace.
It may not be free or open-source but Squarespace has become my #1 recommended solution for small businesses because it’s easy to get up and running, is reasonably priced, and I feel confident that when I hand over the keys to the site, the owner can manage the content succesfully themselves. I wish I had designed it!
Development on the product has been quiet for months, and I’m willing to bet a new release is on the horizon. Before it launches, I decided that I’d best make a wishlist for their team. Most are likely known issues, but even for a near-perfect interface, user feedback is never a bad thing.
- Often buttons respond as if they’ve been pressed, but then action does not occur, as if they’ve been dragged not clicked. Increase hit area?
- Allow pages to have different column layouts. I had to work some CSS magic to get Thom’s homepage to look like this. It’s common for homepages to have more featured content, but subsequent pages to have more room for core content.
- It took me a while to realize that sections can contain either page links, or widgets, but not both together. Now that I know, this is fune, but is this a necessary restriction?
- Change Widths interface too buried. Perhaps promote to become a sibling item of Banner & Navigation?
- Applying a border is overly tedious for most common scenario (all-sided solid border)
- Page links should usage page title as link TITLE. Best for SEO and hint text.
- I have been on projects where the only horizantal navigation is the footer navigation, currently it not supported
- Overhaul image gallery entirely
- Debug image navigation on a slow connection. Loading can be spastic, and lack of loading indicators do not help.
- Many image professionals do not want to, or are not allowed to, offer full screen versions. Lightbox should be optional.
- Consider offering of host of jQuery-based slideshows, even my own Wideslide
- Allow users to embed image slideshows inside blog posts
More comments will appear are they come to me!