[thelist] Usability question: home page vs dashboard at same URL
nadeem at nadeemh.com
Fri Sep 16 13:45:48 CDT 2016
" Users who want to remind themselves why they are using the service" -
brilliant! Have you ever seen a TV show called Argumental? You'd be perfect
I understand though - the marketing still has value for registered users in
terms of their information for word-of-mouth promotion. That would
constitute a big difference between this and Facebook and Twitter.
Those would be the selling points to the client if you have to convince them
to provide access to a fixed homepage and put the dashboard on a different
URL. Also, there's nothing to lose is there?
What is the gain in value by replacing the homepage with a dashboard? If
it's ease-of-use, then you could automatically redirect logged in users to
their dashboard if they hit the homepage.
Using a GET parameter can disable the redirection so, for example:
"index.php" would redirect to "dashboard.php" for users who are
logged in (identified by a cookie or session).
"index.php?redirect=false" would not redirect.
So in the navigation for logged in users, you would put the GET parameter on
the home link, but not on the navigation for public users.
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Subject: Re: [thelist] Usability question: home page vs dashboard at same
I guess the value of showing the marketing content to "sold" users might be:
* Users can refer to it when recommending the service to someone else.
* Users can refer to it when someone questions the benefit of spending
money/time/resources on the service.
* Users who want to remind themselves why they are using the service ;)
* Not confusing users who want to do any of the above.
There may be value in making the marketing content difficult to find for
* Users cannot compare the promised benefits to those actually received. ;)
On 2016-09-16 15:50, Nadeem Hosenbokus wrote:
> I'm assuming that the marketing on the unauthenticated homepage is to
> sell the service. Once sold, the user wouldn't need to see the marketing
> Is there any value in the marketing content for someone who has
> already registered?
> Incidentally, wouldn't there still be a "home" link regardless? It
> would link to either the marketing homepage or the dashboard.
> Nadeem Hosenbokus
> (230) 5766 9169
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> [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of erik mattheis
> Sent: 15 September 2016 22:40
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> Subject: [thelist] Usability question: home page vs dashboard at same
> I have a project that has a "public home page" containing marketing
> messages and overviews of the site's functionality. There is also a
> logged in dashboard with user generated content.
> I am implementing the design and noting the absence of a link to "home"
> from the logged in page and an absence of any way to get to the dashboard.
> I heard from the UX person on the project that "there won't be a
> public home page if they're signed in".
> Sites like Facebook and Twitter have completely different content at
> the root URL, but there are two major differences I see:
> A. We have a lot more than a login form on the not-logged in home page
> - videos, marketing materials and overviews of services.
> B. We are not Facebook or Twitter
> Is it that big of a deal to make a significant amount of mostly
> marketing material unavailable to users after they have logged in?
> What are your thoughts? If we are going to hide the content what is
> the best way to do it? redirect logged in users to the dashboard from
> / or replace the content of / with the dashboard?
> What would be the best way of explaining the problem I see so if I end
> up being overruled, I'll know I did everything I could?
> Erik Mattheis
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