The homepage is the most important part of the site and the two messages we want to convey is that we are free, and interactive. We are kind of unique and new in this way, and if the design can illustrate this that would be nice too.
The elements that need to be included are:
+ Top Navigation
+ Flash/Java Banner
+ Simple sign-up form (plus simple facebook button)
+ How it works box
+ Poker Room Deals box
+ Refer a Friend
+ Live Chat/Support - visible all the time (not obtrusive)
+ Sign-in bar
+ Twitter side button
+ Facebook button
General Layout Guidelines
What we thought about was having our logo on the top left, sign-in bar at the top right with language selection, then the top navigation bar.
Underneath the top navigation bar we would have a large banner with about 4-5 slides with a simple sign-up form to the right of it, and either above the banner or below a small testimonials section.
Beneath this we would have a 3 box section of equal size horizontally, with "How it works", "Refer a Friend", and "Poker Deals". Refer a friend should ideally have a cartoon type character (more explained below). Poker Deals should also be themed approprialtey (perhaps using the "party poker" logo somehow.
Then the bottom navigation.
We have also included some rough drafts as well as some old website designs as help.
We would like to say however we are completely open to changes on the layout as we are not designers, so if you think that the elements would be better arranged differently then please do so, we would be very happy to hear suggesstions.
Top Navigation should include:
Bottom Navigation should include:
Terms and Conditions
We would like a small area where dynamic quotes are shown with their name either directly above or underneath the main banner.
E.G. "Every Serious poker player needs a decent coaching site to become successful" - Phil Ivey
Familiarity to our coaches
We have a few nice photos of our coaches and studies have shown that people are more likely to participate with people if they find them familiar. So we would like these photo/s to be a highlight of the homepage. More importantly our professional player Guillaume de la Gorce is a well known tournament online and live poker player. His name and picture has to be shown before others on the homepage as he is the most important.
We also wanted to have simple avatars/comic characters (simplified versions from this site http://www.videogamesblogger.com) of our 3 coaches so that we can use them thoughout our site. We believe this creates a more personal/interactive atmosphere than just having written text. The characters would also allow us to be more flexible with their placement as we could fit them to any content.
We do not know whether having both photos and these caricatures of the coaches would be too much for the homepage, but perhaps at least a small comic character next to live support and then using the comic characters elsewhere on the other pages would be nice.
This page is where a single video will be shown. However unlike a standard video page we want to include some extra features. We have also some draft designs that we have drawn out. The files are Video page 1.jpg and Video Page 2.jpg.
Example page: http://www.deucescracked.com/videos…pisode-Ten
Directly underneath the video should be a detail section box, this should be the width of the video and include the following details:
Description (This video is the first in the series introducing you to playing 6max No-Limit Poker)
Stakes (Micro Stakes, Small Stakes, Mid Stakes, High Stakes)
Rating (Stars out of 5)
VIP level (we would like a 5 level VIP system, for example bronze to platinum, but if you come up with something interesting please feel free to try)
Game Type (PLO, NL)
Table Size: (Heads-up/Short-Handed/Full Ring)
Teaching Method (Concept/Replayed Hands/Session Video/Past Coaching Video)
Underneath the Detail box we were thinking about having a two column section large on the left, narrow to right with the following:
On the left wider column we would like to have two tabs where only one can be active at any one time; Questions & Answers, and Forum Discussion.
If the user clicks on questions he will see a list of question and answers only. If the user clicks forum then the content will be replaced with a embedded thread from our phpbb3 forum.
On the right narrow column we will have something to youtubes suggested/related videos.
Whenever a user logs in they will be bought to the dashboard. Here they will have a quick overview , as well as a dashboard navigation which will take them to a particular section of the dashboard with more details. The dashboard will have some dynamic elements so that the user can personalize which elements he would like to have or remove from his dashboard.
Points and Rake
Refer a Friend
Next Coaching Session Reminder
New Items are highlighted (old are grey)
Recommended Coaching Sessions
Recently Answered Questions