How Would You Redesign Domainvestors.tv?

I’m a picky person – it took about ten revisions to get to the final version of the Linton Investments company homepage and I think my blog still needs a lot of work. While I am busy doing a number of other projects I have some time this week to devote to the blog design. Every time I visit my blog now I cringe a bit – the design has way too much white space, the sidebar looks cluttered and in general it’s just not as organized as I would like. The focus of every blog should be content…but design is the key to making the content easy to access.

So – since you are all the readers of my blog I’d like YOU to have a say in the re-design. Let me know what you like about the blog, and what you don’t like about the blog. Do you want a video bar along the side? Do you like the featured posts slider? Is the search box too far down, heck did you even know it’s there?

Submit your suggestions and I will use these ideas in version three of Domainvestors.tv! Writing a blog is all about the readers and I want you to be able to design a more readable, usable site. Thanks in advance – when the design is finished I will be happy to send-out a “Thank You” post with the name, suggestion, and a link of your choice for helping to make Domainvestors.tv a better blog!

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  • Leonard Britt December 12, 2009, 1:49 pm

    IMO the design is fine. I read your blog because I find your posts and videos iinteresting – not because of a fancy design. If you want to make a design change, fine. But your design modifications shouldn’t consume so much time that they distract you from producing useful content – again my opinion. And having seen Godaddy make numerous design changes the last couple of years I will say it can be annoying initially because one is used to seeing a certain feature in a certain place and then all of the sudden you have to hunt and find how to do X with the new layout.

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    • Morgan December 12, 2009, 2:36 pm

      Thanks @Leonard! Much appreciated!

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  • Jesse December 12, 2009, 4:18 pm

    Websites are a lot like children, you start off with something that is a lot of work in the beginning but as they grow and mature you realize that the rewards are worth the work… well, at least you hope they are.. if not, you put em up for adoption or in the case of a website, you put it for sale and never look back 🙂 just kidding…

    With a website they are very seldom ever “done” and there will always be something to tweak, something to change or improve upon or add to but in the end it’s like Leonard said, it’s the content that will keep your readers coming back not a fancy flashy design… BUT if you have the good content like you do then a awesome design is nice icing on the cake.

    In my experience, a clean, usable lightweight (fast) site will pay out the highest dividends and improve the “user experience” the most. Basically, if you make your site what you would want it to be if you were coming here to read it, you will hit a home run.

    In my opinion, you are well on your way 🙂

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  • Roscos blog December 12, 2009, 6:09 pm

    My ideas still stand from this post

    http://www.domainvestors.tv/the-new-face-of-domainvestors-tv/

    Merry Christmas Morgan and others.

    From NZ.

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    • Morgan December 13, 2009, 12:25 pm

      Thanks @Roscos – Merry Christmas!

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  • Alex December 12, 2009, 7:42 pm

    100% with Leonard. I visit your blog because of its great content, not because of the design. Although personally, I believe design is an important aspect when a new visitor comes along and I do find the overall design and logo of the blog appealing.

    But, to de-clutter the sidebar, try running a heatmap through ClickHeat or CrazyEgg and see which areas of the sidebar your users click the most. Then, do some experimenting – perhaps move some of the sidebar items down or up and see if users still click in those areas more. If there is no activity at all in some areas then perhaps its a good idea to get rid of those items completely or move them somewhere else?

    To start off, I would personally either put the “Bitzee”, “Domaining”, “KillerStartups” and “Toplist.com” items either in two rows, or move them into the footer.

    On a final note, keep in mind, users do not always like change. So if you’re planning to redesign, it better be a stunning one.

    All the best,

    Alex

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  • Alex December 12, 2009, 8:44 pm

    PS:

    Do you have a “Subscribe to comments” feature? I don’t see one.

    That would be a great add and get some real conversations going within your comments.

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