Hi again Curator crew,
I think the Categories are useful, since it's a good way to group the
Podcasts into similar topics. That allows for example, someone
interested in Tech to browse the Tech Category to find other shows
they might want to subscribe to.
But I agree the layout of the categories on the homepage is not
optimal, lots of scrolling is required, especially to see those 3 on
the bottom (Sports & Recreation, TV & Film, Religion & Spirituality).
Maybe some stats or site analytics can be used to put the Categories
in a better order?
For example, if the most people are subscribed to podcasts in the Tech
category, have Tech be the first Category shown on the top left. Then
the second most popular group put to the right of it on the top; the
third most popular group put below the first most popular group; the
4th most popular below the 2nd most popular. etc. I think you get the
If there's some concern that it'd be good to promote some of the
lesser subscribed Category groups, then occasionally the least
subscribed category could occasionally be 'featured' and be placed in
the 2nd most popular group location. Then shift the other Categories
Just some ideas.. would like to hear some thoughts from others as
As for the "From Our Content Partners" categories, I feel like they
belong in a separate area, since they aren't grouped in Categories but
rather in site groups.
To make the Categories/Content Partners easily switchable, What about
adding a tabs-based navigation to the top of the site?
Have Categories on the homepage by default, click on the Content
Partners tab to view content from the Content partner sites.
With the Curated Podcasts added to the Category boxes, and the Content
partners shifted to their own page that would allow the current
Categories to be more visible with less scrolling.
What do you guys think?
-- Kevin (LonelyBob)
On Oct 26, 1:43 pm, Doug Kaye <d...@rds.com
> I think that's a good idea, Kevin.
> It actually raises a bigger (for us) question: How valuable are the topics
> on the home page anyway?
> As I mentioned in a previous message, our categories are based on iTunes for
> a variety of reasons. The order in which they appear on the homepage is
> somewhat arbitrary based on a wild guess of what our visitors might find
> most interesting. Still, a lot of categories are "below the fold" on the
> I know there's a much better design for the homepage. I just don't know what
> it is.
> I like your idea and will try to get to it shortly -- it's not too hard --
> but I'd also like to solve the bigger homepage problem. Feedback from all
> Doug Kaye, Executive Director
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