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Re: www.postgresql.org (was Time to work on Press Release 8.0)

From: "Simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com" <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: "Lamar Owen" <lowen(at)pari(dot)edu>
Cc: "Bruce Momjian" <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,"Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,"Jan Wieck" <JanWieck(at)Yahoo(dot)com>, <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: www.postgresql.org (was Time to work on Press Release 8.0)
Date: 2004-08-13 23:11:53
Message-ID: NOEFLCFHBPDAFHEIPGBOGEFNCCAA.simon@2ndquadrant.com (view raw or flat)
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> Lamar Owen wrote
> AND I'D LIKE TO SEE THESE RESOURCES IN PLAIN VIEW ON THE MAIN WEBPAGE. 
> (Sorry for the raised voice, but I was working on a presentation 
> for a LUG and 
> could not for the life of me find this information in one place, 
> so I likely 
> missed some companies.  It may very well exist, but it is well hidden)
> 

Thinking about Lamar's words...

I notice that in the "first visible portion" of the main web page...
1. There is no mention of what PostgreSQL actually is on the main web page, unless it is mentioned in passing on one of the news/events in the middle section. 
...The "What is..." section is fairly redundant...we know click-thru rates are very low to second pages....
Let's replace that with a few words saying what PostgreSQL is, with a more> link underneath.

2. There is no mention of what releases are available, what the current one is etc... unless it is mentioned on the news (which it is NOW, but wouldn't normally be)
...The "Contact the Webmasters" section is also fairly redundant, 'cos it asks you not to contact them underneath.
Let's replace that with a section called "Download Now!"
Latest Stable: 7.4.3 (with links: src, Linux RPMs, Windows, others)
Current Beta: 8.0.0 (with link: src, Linux RPMs, Windows, others)

Both of these important facts/links are clearly visible on all of these web sites:
http://www.mysql.com/
http://www.oracle.com/index.html
http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/db2/
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/

3. Web page doesn't even mention the phrase "Open Source", which is no doubt something many have argued about previously, but it seems a very accepted term now for software distributed under the BSD licence.
...Let's replace "Licence" on left bar with "Open Source"

I would also like to see the commercial support offerings emphasised elsewhere on the page, as Lamar suggests.

Overall, I like the www.postgresql.org site design and hope that we could adopt the same design elsewhere.

I'll help with the web page if that's what's needed.

Best Regards, Simon Riggs


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