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Why you'll love the new silverstripe.org

By:
Uncle Cheese
aaron@silverstripe.com

(will do anything for croinuts)

The history

  • Silverstripe.org didn't exist!
  • Silverstripe.com was a monolithic representation

The first Silverstripe.org

circa 2009

Current Iteration

circa 18 June 2014

2012: Talk of a makeover

  • SS canvasses the community looking for feedback
  • Many participated in a user testing experiment to reveal deficiencies

Findings

  • Content was rough around the edges: terse, ambiguous labelling
  • Users struggled to find ways to connect with others
  • Excessive reliance on site search
  • Dated design elements


CHEERS BRO THX FOR THE FEEDBACK LET'S MAKE A NEW SITE SWEET AS!!!!!

Two years Later...

No substantial progress.

What happened?



"There's no such thing as  too busy to do something.
You just didn't prioritise it."

- Sam Minnée



But here we are...

circa 2014
  • SilverStripe makes a concerted effort to redo silverstripe.org
  • A dedicated team is formed
  • Lots of talk about strategy, marketing, and the bigger picture for the SilverStripe core product offering
  • Updates will be highly iterative, with incremental improvements coming rapidly after initial release

Phase One

  • Primarily a new coat of paint. Features will stay largely unchanged
  • Responsive design
  • Adaptive content
  • Creating a foundation for much more effective user engagement



DEMO

What's Next

  • Defragmentation of information: subsites will all become integrated into silverstripe.org.
  • Go back to one monolithic site for ss.org and ss.com.
  • Overhaul of the add-ons section
  • More features of online community fabric
  • Meetups near you

What's next

  • Numerous frequently updated channels for learning SilverStripe, laser-focused on early adopters
  • A library of course-driven screencasts
  • Overhaul of the forum 



So... When?



Tomorrow.

bro r u srs


totes.

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