Hi everyone. I thought I’d present this to the group to see if anyone wants to make some suggestions. We’ve been live for several months and are seeing a good deal of activity…
I saw a recent topic on using latest vs. categories for homepage, so I thought I’d ask the community for some advice.
From my viewpoint, I would use the latest page if it could do a few things…
- Provide a more intuitive call out to browse categories and perhaps allow me to place a promotion for featured categories at the top. (It would only appear on this page, and we’d style it minimally for mobile)
- Allow us to suppress topics from certain categories that were not of general interest to the community or perhaps could be considered adult it nature.
- If the search had an auto-suggest to jump to a matched category, that might help with the switch. I think this could be important for communities with a large number of categories.
Personally, I love using the latest page on mobile, it gives a real live feel to the community. I almost want to see if there’s a way in custom JS to force mobile to default to latest, but don’t know if there’s a way to do that. Currently, from Google Analytics, I know very few users have discovered the latest page.
Anyhow, I hope it’s okay using this category for discussion like this. I understand that every community has different needs, but perhaps we can find some common ground that would make sense to request for a future iteration of the homepage options.
Suggestions? Ideas for the future?