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Re: Features list

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: PostgreSQL www <pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Features list
Date: 2007-08-10 13:50:02
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Dave Page wrote:
> I was reading the recent Slashdot thread on MySQL earlier and once again
> saw a number of people saying they would use PostgreSQL except for the
> lack of replication. This seems to me to be the widespread FUD about
> postgres these days.
> It seems to us (me and the guys in the office here) that there is
> nowhere on the front page of the website to see why we're the world's
> most advanced open source DB - in fact, you have to dive in to the About
> section and then find a bullet pointed list of features at the bottom of
> the Advantages page.
> In addition, the About page is very wordy, and describes a few features
> (including GiST - no mention of GIN), whilst the Advantages page has a
> more comprehensive list of features, but is mainly concerned with
> non-technical 'market speak' reasons to use postgres.
> So, we had a couple of thoughts on how that can be improved to show
> people quickly why they should choose our technology over anyone elses:

May I humbly suggest than instead of the below, we remove the book of
text that is /about with what you suggest? :) We really provide entirely
too much info in about that could be better put in something like
/about/extended or something.

Joshua D. Drake

> - Option 1 - Add a new vertical panel (perhaps replacing the Planet
> PostgreSQL one) listing 'Feature at a glance'. This would be a bullet
> point list, with links to further information where required - for
> example, to explain the benefits of MVCC or our Replication-in-core
> policy and external solutions.
> - Option 2 - Add a new horizontal panel under the announcement panel,
> and above the featured user, containing a 'How can PostgreSQL help me'
> link (or some other similar text), linking to a page bullet pointing the
> technical reasons, including the replication info.
> - Option 3 - Add a 'Key Features' menu option to the grey banner,
> right-justified so it appears under the tagline in the banner. Link this
> to the same page described in option 2.
> Anyone else have any thoughts or ideas?
> Regards, Dave
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