The time has come for us to work on a new and improved web site for LibreOffice.
While it served us well for several years already, it has also shown some downsides and people tend
to complain more.
Because of this the board has decided to start a website redesign project and as such the first
thing that needs to be clarified is to define the scope of this website redesign.
Technically speaking we will continue using our SilverStripe platform; we won't pick a new CMS
(they are more or less the same for what needs to be done).
We will not be targetting any of the current development and communications platforms: gerrit, git
repos, the wiki, the mailing lists etc. fall out of the scope of our discussion.
For practical reasons, so do the templates and the extensions sites.
What needs to be redesigned then falls under three categories:
* the "design" itself (understand: the theme, the general look of the website)
* the content. We may reuse some of it as there are certainly some good bits available, but we
will also reorganize the way we think about the general presentation of the website. In this regard
the discussion about how to engage users to the LibreOffice community and the resulting survey
that has just been launched will help on this matter. But we obviously need to think about the
* while the technical bits themselves are not covered for this specific aspect, we would need to
think about the whole download experience and the download page itself.
Requirements: that's the nice part :-)
- we will have a test environment with a SilverStripe instance to build out the website.
- designers are welcome: this will be a key part of the project. The
board has published a job posting on this a few days ago.
This redesign is very much an end-user focused initiative and as such a marketing need. I must
stress again that this isn't a project where we decided to overhaul the online development and
collaborative work tools. This is rather the opportunity to develop a nice looking, clear front
facing website for LibreOffice. Another element that should not be forgotten is to make sure the
Native-Lang communities are not forgotten and are included in this redesign.
I'm happy to work not just Christian Lohmaier here but with everyone who'd like to help.
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