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The state of opensource.com

Posted 21 Jan 2010 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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As you might imagine, we went through several site designs before arriving at where we are today. Our user feedback indicated that from our original design, the content was too far down the page. The featured articles were below the fold and there was not enough teaser text to entice our readers. We listened to our users and came up with the following design.

opensource.com final design

As you can compare from one of the original designs below, we reduced some space from the main navigation, got rid of the large images from the latest article posted to the main page, included more teaser text on the featured content, and added some gradient to the background.

opensource.com original design

This is where we are today. Our intentions are to continue to listen to our community and make improvements. We think these improvements bring the content to the front and make the front page more interesting and engaging.

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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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