First off, I am not here to complain. I am only voicing my opinion about the redesign to try and help improve the site for everyone. I appreciate what everyone involved with Majaro does.
Having said that, I feel like the functionality of the home page has taken a big step back. Granted, it looks better and more modern, but usability has plummeted in my opinion.
I once read that if a user cant find what they need on a site within 30 seconds, they simply leave the site. Not sure how true it is, but I know I dont dig around on a site for a long time if I cannot find what I need.
The biggest “issue” for me is that the navigational menu is hidden unless you scroll down on the page. When I first saw the site in its current form I figured I landed on a non-official page or something. Its a little off putting when all you see is a short blip of text and a button to download something…for some reason this set off a red flag for me. Its a bit like “Wait, they want me to click this download button…where is the rest of the site? Wheres the about page, community, etc.”
The next instinct is to scroll down, the about page and forum link etc must be at the bottom (footer) of the page, right? So now while I (or someone else) is scrolling their focus is at the bottom of the page, not at the top where the hidden menu now has appeared. I didnt notice the menu/scroll relationship for about a day or 2. That was after realizing that the footer didnt have what I was looking for either and so I went to the forums using a direct link/history entry.
I am guessing a fair deal of traffic on the site is to get to the forums, which went from taking 1 click to get to and in a very obvious way to needing to scroll down and 2 clicks and that presumes you know its under “Support” and that the menu is hidden and you have to scroll to see it.
Maybe more a matter of personal preference, but I find the font on the home page when you do scroll down a bit hard to read. Its thin, wirey and a bit small.
In a couple of places, the “column” width for text is a bit strange compared to the space available and in some cases used by other content on the site.
It would seem to be to be a better approach to have text use more width and line up with other content vertically. I find the higher the resolution of the screen, how much more noticeable that empty space on the sides becomes. Using more of the horizontal space would allow more content to be visible without the need to scroll.
Examples of what it might look like:
In any case just some of my thoughts on the design. Maybe there are reasons for some of the choices in the design I am unaware of, my apologies if thats the case.