I've held off on post this for as long as I could, but the events of the last 24 hours have pushed me over the edge on this one.
First, a little background. As u/a432511
hinted in his earlier post, I've been pushing him pretty hard to get vertcoin.org looking somewhere near professional. I started by expressing my concerns last Thursday in this post: If I were to write vertcoin.org.....[LONG POST WARNING!]
In response to this post, I was invited to "mock something up with a little more detail and some copy", so I initially submitted some draft content for a couple of pages. Then, over the weekend I got chatting to u/sncs
, and we decided to mock up an alternative version of vertcoin.org. That version can be found at http://new-vtc.cryptomasters.net
. I shared this with u/a432511
on Sunday so that he could continue to pull content from it. Now I feel I need to share it here with the community to highlight quite a few issues with the official website, and what we've done to address them in our version: Issues with official website which are remedied in our version: Home Page:
Scrolls on forever. I was always under the impression that, if you're going to use sub-pages for additional content, they should be used. I can see no good reason for the "Learn More" button to scroll visitors down the page. Our version of the home page has no content below the fold.
While we're on the subject of buttons, our version of the home page has buttons for "What is Vertcoin?" and "Stealth Addresses", both of which throw up the relevant videos in a new window (there's also a link in the SX header which does the same). I know there was an opinion expressed earlier that the "What is Vertcoin" vid is a little outdated, but I say unless/until an updated version is available, links for these two videos both belong prominently on our homepage. They should not be omitted, or tucked away on a subpage. Get Started:
Our version of this page contains the wallets and some basic do's and don'ts, which I think are a worthwhile addition to make the site more welcoming to newbies. This page could also do with a video tutorial, similar (though less long-winded) to this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_Bq_9CAZ5k Why Vertcoin?:
This page simply doesn't exist on the official site, but it's a fundamental question that we should be addressing for any visitors that are new to this coin (or crypto in general). Use Vertcoin:
This page doesn't yet exist on the official site either. Our version has this split into separate sub-pages for Business and Individuals. The official website makes no effort to sell the utility of this coin. The fact that there's not even a merchants page yet (yes, a link to a Merchant Monday post on reddit is STILL about as good as it gets on the official site) is inexcusable. Buy/Trade:
This page was based on the original "Invest" page, with one important difference; we direct new users to a fiat>>>BTC exchange that is open to more than just US residents (https://www.igot.com
). Also, I think it's important to suggest to new users that they should try to make a direct fiat to VTC purchase. Our version does this, whilst acknowledging that it may not be possible if the user lives in the wrong location.
The content of this page has been moved to "Get Started" on the official site, but it still sends new users to coinbase by default. These are global currencies we're dealing with here, so if we're going to attract Vertcoin buyers globally, coinbase is just not the most appropriate exchange to be recommending. Mining:
This is the big one. We've just had nearly 2K VTC of the marketing budget spanked on an advertising campaign to bring more miners to our website. The ad is now live on coinwarz.com. Leaving aside the argument about whether or not advertising to miners was the best use of the budget, there is a much more basic flaw to this advertising strategy. On the official site - the one that our coinwarz ad points to - THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MINING POOL listed on our site. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of p2pool, and you'll notice the p2pool map takes pride of place on our version of this page. But to advertise to miners, and then not have a simple list of pools is again inexcusable.
Hypothetically speaking, if our version were ever to go live, there would be the following "to do" list for it (that I know of): Content:
The plain text pages on our site would need sprucing up with some images/graphics to make them more visually appealing. Please keep in mind that in the first instance this alternative site was produced to provide copy. We'd definitely want to add a video tutorial for the wallet to the "Get Started" page sooner rather than later too. Also, for the purposes of our mock up, the pool list on the mining page is just a text list. This would need to be set up to pull data for auto updates, similar to the way the list on http://vertcoin.com
used to work. Mobile Version:
We'd need to do some minor work to make the site work properly on mobile devices, and resolve some scaling issues on smaller screens. Extra pages:
We didn't put the Blog page on our site, or any social media. I'd maybe suggest a catch all page for this called "Communication", or something similar? Also, If I'd had more time to write content, I'd have taken a stab at writing something like https://bitcoin.org/en/faq
Other than that, I believe it would be relatively trivial to get our version live.
It's regrettable that I've had to write this post. Please understand that there is no agenda in doing this to undermine or mock a423511 in any way. I can see he's been trying his best. I am purely motivated to do everything I can to help make our official site as good as it possibly can be. Again, hypothetically, if he did want to use our site, we'd be happy to hand it over wholesale and leave future editing/content in his hands.
Any feedback on the alternative version of the site we created is most welcome. A special thanks to u/sncs
for his hard work creating it!
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