Congratulations on the excellent progress many of you have made on the UX project. As you move forward, please consider the following:
- The slider and post/page widgets are only required for the alpha submission. They are not required for the beta and final submissions. Depending on your problem/project it may not make sense to use the slider for example. Think about your project, if you want to make 3 to 4 things highly discoverable and constrain the user to focus on those 3 to 4 things then the slider is a great tool. This is because sliders are typically big taking up lots of space which focuses (constrains) the users attention.
- Several of you should consider changing your theme. Don’t try to fight the theme to do something that it was never designed to do. Or allow the theme to force you to do something that is not relevant for your problem/goal. In other words, the theme selection is a big affordance question. What kinds of organization and content does the theme afford? If it does not fit what the problem requires then dump the theme. Now that many of you have a better idea of what is possible and what the problem/goal is – try other themes using the WordPress Live Preview capability. It works great.
- Glad to see that most of you are ignoring the dreaded login/registration focus, however, I did notice lots of forms. Yes, it is cool to use one of the tools to make a form. If the form makes sense given the problem/goal then sure, having it will enhance your project. But otherwise it is just a distraction.
- Several of your projects/problems could benefit from providing a discussion capability. I.e., the site should afford discussion. This can be done very simply by having a post (like this one) enabled for discussion in a prominent spot or something more elaborate using a plugin.
If you have questions about any of the above or anything else related to the project, feel free to respond to this post below.