[IPFire Artwork] Blog aka Planet

Michael Tremer michael.tremer at ipfire.org
Wed Jun 13 22:40:13 BST 2018


Hi,

On Wed, 2018-06-13 at 22:29 +0200, Maurice Gesswein wrote:
> Hey,
> 
> I'm happy that you like it :)
> 
> I added an additional version with a modified sidebar based on your feedback: https://zpl.io/bPYLNk6

Great!

> I added a "Featured" link where tagged articles will show up as a list view or as full articles. Up to you. The years got a headline. I added a "Lightning Wire Labs" link plus the red lightning logo as an indicator that this is something special. The lightning appears also next to the headline of a LWL article and the headline color use the same green as the LWL blog. There is also a button at the bottom which points you to the LWL page.

This works great I think. Not sure if it needs the extra link for LWL
articles because they won't be that many. But I really like the
highlighted post, because I want to make it clear that this is
something else and not IPFire. But it is close enough to be of interest
for the users.

Should it be green and not indigo (which is the primary LWL colour)? I
just made the website look really bright and colourful and fun. The
blog got the green but maybe the brand colour is better?

> Is it possible to include a article from another blog and show it with the correct text formatting?

I hope. Unfortunately we use two different things to format them. The
IPFire blog uses textile and LWL uses markdown. But there is some
rendered HTML coming out of it in an RSS feed which I wanted to parse.
That should work, but embedded things are always a bit of a struggle.
Let this be my problem :)

> What do you think?

I think this is a very creative and intuitive solution I couldn't have
come up with myself. It looks fun. It is easy to use. Crystal clear and
a clean design. Focusses on the content. Just great!

Best,
-Michael

> Best,
> Maurice
> 
> On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:02 PM Michael Tremer <michael.tremer at ipfire.org> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > great hearing from you!
> > 
> > On Wed, 2018-06-13 at 00:23 +0200, Maurice Gesswein wrote:
> > > Hey Michael,
> > > 
> > > > One comment about my first impression: Isn't it a bit dark when the
> > > > background
> > > > isn't white? I don't find it bad or anything, just unexpected.
> > > 
> > > The contrast is high enough for a very good reading experience. The same
> > > bgcolor and copy text color is used on the homepage, feature and donate page
> > > as well.
> > 
> > Unless you changed this now, I have no idea what I meant by this. Now, the
> > background is white I personally find this a bit easier to read from. But maybe
> > I am going blind...
> > 
> > > But I did a next version which uses the same layout as the Features
> > > page. https://app.zeplin.io/project/58cb0217f2317d48c7a802f2/dashboard?seid=5b
> > > 0dc889d80aa1886ae77309
> > > 
> > > Still work in progress! Further viewports will follow.
> > 
> > This looks really clean & tidy! Our users will love it!
> > 
> > > > Is there a reason that I have missed why this should all be merged together?
> > > 
> > > It's not a good user experience if one single "service" (the IPFire
> > > application) has a different navigation (header) for each subdomain. Mirror,
> > > downloads, planet, talk, forum, etc are only reachable from the footer of the
> > > mainpage or by typing the URL directly. I would expect the same navigation on
> > > all pages. This would make it a lot easier to navigate and find things
> > > faster. 
> > > 
> > > For now I kept the Planet navigation but I merged the content of
> > > ipfire.org/news and planet.ipfire.org. In my opinion ipfire.org/news should
> > > now redirect to planet.ipfire.org. Than we would have only one destination for
> > > the announcements.
> > 
> > I absolutely agree. This is the way to go. Since it is a blog now, we can move
> > everything into it. Before, I didn't feel right that the release announcements
> > where on the "planet". But since it is going now, this is a lot better and
> > easier.
> > 
> > > If I didn't miss something the blog owns 5 different kinds of pages:
> > > All articles
> > > Article list view (e.g. Hottest posts and 2018)
> > 
> > I think the "Hottest Posts" could get a redefinition. This is just a list
> > ordered by clicks and I think it would be better if we just mark a few posts
> > like the release announcements as "starred" and then people can just go through
> > the most important posts without scrolling through the longer years.
> > 
> > I am also not sure if we need the years, but what else would be a good way to go
> > back in history?
> > 
> > > Single article
> > > Posts of a single user
> > > Search results
> > 
> > I am also thinking about adding "featured" posts from somewhere else. For
> > example the lightning wire labs website has a tiny blog now:
> > 
> >   https://www.lightningwirelabs.com/blog
> > 
> > Many of these articles are IPFire-related and I would like to list on the IPFire
> > blog as well. So how would we make (visually) sure that people recognise these
> > as a post from somewhere else? Would we load the entire post into our blog or
> > just the first paragraph and then send people over to the original blog?
> > 
> > > If you agree with all of that my next steps will be providing the missing
> > > viewports and a text formatting sheet.
> > 
> > Yes I do :)
> > 
> > Best,
> > -Michael
> > 
> > > 
> > > Best,
> > > Maurice 
> > >  
> > > 
> > > On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 1:19 PM Michael Tremer <michael.tremer at ipfire.org>
> > > wrote:
> > > > Hey Maurice,
> > > > 
> > > > thanks again for moving this forward.
> > > > 
> > > > On Wed, 2018-05-30 at 00:04 +0200, Maurice Gesswein wrote:
> > > > > Hey folks,
> > > > > 
> > > > > just want to let you know that I'm alive and added WIP (Work In Progress.
> > > > > Sven, please don't start with coding yet) Screens of the Blog at Zeplin
> > > > > - https://app.zeplin.io/project/58cb0217f2317d48c7a802f2/dashboard?seid=5b
> > > > 0dc8
> > > > > 89d80aa1886ae77309
> > > > 
> > > > This looks good.
> > > > 
> > > > One comment about my first impression: Isn't it a bit dark when the
> > > > background
> > > > isn't white? I don't find it bad or anything, just unexpected.
> > > > 
> > > > > I discovered 4 different locations where a blog article appears:
> > > > > https://planet.ipfire.org/
> > > > > https://planet.ipfire.org/post/ipfire-2-19-core-update-120-is-available-
> > > > for-te
> > > > > sting
> > > > > https://www.ipfire.org/news/ipfire-2-19-core-update-118-released
> > > > > https://downloads.ipfire.org/release/ipfire-2.19-core120 
> > > > > Did I catch them all or are there more?
> > > > 
> > > > No, I think that is all.
> > > > 
> > > > But I would suggest to remove the new article on the download page. That
> > > > makes
> > > > it very long to scroll and nobody is looking for that content there anyways.
> > > > We
> > > > should rather have a link to the news article and that keeps the page
> > > > cleaner
> > > > and we can make it serve only one purpose: Downloading the right file.
> > > > 
> > > > > My goal is to provide only one version of an article which can be used for
> > > > > each destination. Which is already almost the case.
> > > > 
> > > > Yes, the code that generates the HTML out of the markup just generates one
> > > > version. However, this is quite confusing with headline sizes and so on now.
> > > > It
> > > > doesn't fit too well at the moment.
> > > > 
> > > > > For the future we should think about merging all those separated
> > > > subdomains
> > > > > into one piece of website with a new navigation structure. I don't think
> > > > they
> > > > > need to be technically merged together. Just one single navigation which
> > > > can
> > > > > handle lots of links should do the trick.
> > > > 
> > > > We can get rid of downloads.ipfire.org. The initial purpose of that was to
> > > > have
> > > > some sort of an archive with all historic downloads, but that can as well be
> > > > realised on the main page.
> > > > 
> > > > I think blog.ipfire.org should be an extra subdomain so people see what
> > > > something is about only by looking at the URL.
> > > > 
> > > > Is there a reason that I have missed why this should all be merged together?
> > > > 
> > > > Best,
> > > > -Michael
> > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > > Best,
> > > > > Maurice


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