WH-D: Web 2.0 Site Comes With Object Lesson - Other Problems and Some Good Points
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In some of my images you may have noticed that the blue bar with the Home >> About Pligg line also features some links. These say “Recently Popular,” “Top Today,” “Yesterday,” “This Week,” and “This Month.” The first and the last links take you to content, but the middle three take you to blank pages. Assuming these pages are created dynamically, that shouldn’t happen. I hate to say this, but I recently reviewed a site in private beta that was more ready to go publicly live than this site.
WH-D allows site visitors to search for web hosting providers serving a number of categories, including managed, budget, Linux, Windows, reseller, and VPS hosting. That’s great…except when you look for web hosting providers under Windows, you’re once again greeted by a blank page. Seeing this, the site owners should have done a little research and put a couple of web hosts in this category (surely they can’t be that hard to find!). Or failing that, since this page is dynamic, this IS a spot where they could have put a place holder – perhaps some kind of statement along the lines of “We’re sorry, but our members haven’t shared any information with us yet about Window hosts. Tell us about a Windows host and help improve our content!”
After all this, you’re probably wondering whether I have anything good to say about the site. Well, the registration process is very simple; all they want is a username, email address, and password. The site includes links that take you to top clouds (tag clouds, where you can click on tags to find posts that use that tag), top hosts, and top users. Again, for top clouds and top hosts, there were links that took you to particular times (all, last 48 hours, etc.), but some of those led to blank pages. Worse, some of the links led to pages they shouldn’t have at times; for example, the top hosts page kept getting mixed up with the top users pages.
Sohaib Thiab, CEO and co-founder of WH-D, sincerely seems to get the whole idea of web 2.0. “It’s about empowering our users. There is a universal shift in logic in the way information should be organized online. As the ideas of Web 2.0 continue to proliferate and become reality, it grows apparent that site patrons—and not site administrators or a marketing team—should determine how content is organized. Without patrons, even the best designed site is utterly useless.” That is true – but without good site design, and making sure that your site actually works, you will have some serious trouble attracting those patrons in the first place.
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