I’m very pleased with the new King Design web site – this is a good thing since I’ve been working on it for months now. Visually, I believe it accomplishes my twin goals of simple professionalism and ease of use/navigation.
There are a ton of new systems in place on the new site, so please let me know if anything seems broken.
I’ll be writing a series of blog entries about how the site was created and some of the decisions, challenges and solutions that appeared through the development process.
- Site Goals
- Downloads and Customer Management
- Forum Integration
- Code Exchange Forums
- Customer Resources (FAQs, Recommended Hosts, Translation Kit)
- Search is Important
- Using WordPress 1.5 as a Web Site CMS
- WordPress Hacking Tips
- Cross-browser Compatibility
- Web Development Tools
- SVN as a Web Site Maintenence Tool
- Automating Processes (trials, rss, upgrade links)
This entry is an overview of some of the new things the site has to offer.
I rev’ed the navigation design a few times, finally settling on the design you see here. Initially, I had ‘Download’, ‘Support’ and ‘Forums’ in the side menu and had the Search field up in the upper right corner. This made the side menu feel cluttered – too many items total and too many different types of pages all lumped together. I think this works better, the things my customers will likely need to access most are prominently located at the top of the screen.
The new site is now the single download point for all King Design software. In the previous releases, the Tasks download login was on alexking.org while the Tasks Pro™ download login was on taskspro.com.
Receive Your Lost License Key by E-mail
In the event a customer misplaces their license key, they can enter their e-mail address into this form and an e-mail will be sent to them with all of their license keys. I hope this will save me a few support e-mails as some folks who want to download the new versions will have inevitably lost their license keys.
King Design Forums
I’ve moved the forums for Tasks Pro™, Tasks and Tasks Jr. to the kingdesign.net domain. Actually, the forums are still in the same database as the forums that are still on alexking.org, I just did a little hacking to allow both sites to use the database (more on this in a later post). The big benefit of this is that all registered alexking.org forum members already have an account on the King Design forums. If a user changes their information in one forum, it is change for both, etc. Unfortunately, I can’t do a single sign-on since the forums are on separate domains.
The King Design forums also sport code exchange forums for registered Tasks Pro™ and Tasks users
It’s possible that people may find some answers in the FAQs now that they are searchable, but mainly these are there so I can e-mail out URLs to answer support questions.
More details later…