OK somehow half of the internet seems down?
I’m looking for some very clean and simple CSS code to create a dropdown menu with some links. No levels in the menu, just click on a link (or hover, although I prefer click) and a dropdown shows (white background, simple links, nothing more) with some links in it. Something like that. Suggestions? My CSS skills are negligable, that’s why I ask, and all the stuff I find on google is way overkill.
I’m playing around with a redesign of poorbuthappy.com, 1 of the problems is that there’s way too much navigation:
So after a little sketching and some HTML, I came up with this:
A kind of breadcrumb now serves as the main navigation, showing where you are and letting you go up in the chain. (You can go sideways too by clicking the little arrows, which gives you a dropdown.)
A lot less vertical space taken up, but also less clues towards the navigation. You don’t immediately see things like "pictures" and "forums". Which makes it less usable. On the other hand, it’s a lot less clutter and space, which I like, and likely makes it more usable. And I do have a nice sitemap at the bottom of each page, which I like and gets lots of clicks, so I’m not too worried about taking away navigation options at the top. It’s a bit del.icio.us-like too…
What do you think? I’d love to hear some comments.
“Reportedly digg is 50% Google traffic, About.com 85%, and Wikipedia 70% Google traffic.”
Indeed. Google Knol is a HUGE mistake. How can anyone trust them anymore to stay out of the content game – and this time it’s not just video, but text. Our lifelihood Google!
I’m still a little confused about Google’s knol concept. And the url’s are weird too: check out this one about Colombia that I made
“Yes, my version requires the most lines of code, but it is also the easiest to maintain and understand.”
No it fucking ain’t. Compare:
login($username, $password, $remember);
$authenticationController = new UserAuthenticationController;
$user = new User;
$user->username = $_POST[‘username’];
$user->password = $_POST[‘password’];
$user->rememberMe = true;
So Amazon’s gossip protocol caused the S3 downtime :)
What happens when every single person carries a camera?
Social design as urban planning: “The challenge is how we make it bigger while still maintaining the same
quality and sense of intimacy with now 7.2 million registered users and
23 million monthly unique visitors. It comes down to urban planning in
a way that a massive city like London has all kinds of cozy little
neighborhoods.” (Stewart Butterfield)
Gogrid is a competitor of Amazon EC2. Roughly similarly priced, but comes with free load balancing.
A so far undocumented feature in Google’s social API now lets applications suggest URL’s that might be of the same person. For example, enter petervandijck.com and get a bunch of related URL’s.
Practically, this means that when you sign up for a website, and it asks you to enter your websites, it can start suggesting other websites from the moment you’ve entered at least one. Nice work.
Speed continues to be really underestimated. Little known fact: Amazon internal testing showed that 100ms extra pageload time means 1% less sales. Google tests show that 500ms longer pageload (half a second) means 20% less traffic.
Meditate on those numbers for a moment, and then tell me your webteam takes speed seriously enough.
Live from Bejing: "Whenever I show Chinese websites to American friends who don’t speak Chinese, the friends universally have the same reaction — “Wow! That site sure is crappy-looking! Guess those guys haven’t learned how to design a good website yet, huh?”
"Most Americans are by now nodding their heads: “Yep. Love those US sites. Much more advanced. Clean, simple design. Not cluttered. Guess those Chinese guys will figure that out sooner or later.”
Great post on working with teams in India.
The mionews UI for friendfeed is a relief. If they expand to incorporate the basic friendfeed functionality, they might well kick their ass, although probably not.
Google is retiring their Adsense referral program (you could make money for people downloading Firefox, for example).