I looked at four commercial SQL server sites: Informix, MS, Oracle,
Recent postings to this list have considered other web sites, in an
attempt to define what we would like to see in the PostgreSQL site.
A friend suggested looking at sites for other SQL servers, to look for
common elements. The idea is not to copy slavishly, but to see if
there might be something that a user would expect or find familiar.
1. All sites use a dual navigation-bar approach, using a bar on top
for going about the corporation at large, and a bar at left for the
immediate "children" of the current page. I don't think we need the
2. Only the Microsoft pages could expand when I widened my browser
window. The others just grew a bigger blank area at right.
3. All but the Microsoft page seemed horribly cluttered to me, with
Oracle the worst offender.
4. There *is* common content in the second tier (topics listed in the
home page's left navigation bar). It goes something like this:
For us, "partners" would be related open source projects, including
Apache, Java, ODBC, Perl, PHP, Pike, Python, Roxen, Tcl/Tk.
We don't have a point of contact for questions. Yes, we have
mailing lists, live and archived, but no place where someone can
direct a question - which is why Marc and I see non web-related
questions on a regular basis coming to webmaster(at)postgresql(dot)org(dot)
Our web site should have a search engine, but that's just a weekend
with htdig once the content stabilizes.
Comments on the individual sites-
Slowest of the sites, when I checked.
Putrescent mustard color for navbars.
Good per-page information density.
Good balance of graphics to text (minimal gratuitous imagery)
Left navbar mostly constant from page to page (bad).
Way too much stuff per page.
Red-on-white color scheme makes me think of First Aid kits.
Two-tier left navbar with second tier triggered by mouseovers
(uses too much space).
Children of home page have gratuitous color change mousevers in
Explanatory mouseovers for left navbar (good).
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