I started the Hoover79.com website in Dec. 2008 to create interest in our upcoming class reunion. I just came back from the Reunion and I think the website is pretty much complete. I will continue to work on it a little during the years to come. Let me know what you think. My class loves it so I'm not necessarily looking for accolades, I'm looking for some comments so I can tweak it slightly.
I've created a fake classmate so you can log on and see everything. I'll remove the classmate in a few weeks.
name: John Doe e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org password: 1234
David I know that you have put in a lot of work in on your site and I understand you wanting feed back. So I will be honest and I hope you don't mind. I didn't sign onto your site as a guest yet I just took a peak for now. I think you need more exciting things on the home page. There was a lot of dead space as you scroll down. Maybe a class picture or something would make it more exciting to view. Also a lot of your classmates profiles are not padlocked. So they can be viewed by anyone who comes across your site. Log out and take a look at the profile list and you can see what I mean.
I think it looks great. I also have part of my Home Page locked unless signed on so when a classmate looks they will have to register to see everything on the site. Locking profiles is a good suggestion..I do it for all new classmates if they don't. Your slides are nice and love all your school day pic's. I have found the more pictures the better..my class loves them. We have elementary picture's also up and it has been fun to try to remember the names in the picture's. It will be tough without planning a reunion to keep it fresh but there are many things to do. Just try to add something every week or so. You can get idea's by looking at other class site's here on Class Creator. Good job!
Although I definitely support password protecting other pages...I agree that the home page needs a little more too it. I think if I was just website strolling and came across it that I would move on because there's nothing that really stands out. Even if it is a sign or something which can even be put in your announcement area. I also haven't requested a guest pass but am sure the content you have in there is great. Glad you had a successful reunion!!
Hi. To "Jazz" up your "Announcements" page, paste this embedded code of a Patsy Cline Spoof by Gail Leach under "source' in a "new" announcement. If you don't like it, you can easily delete it or Inactivate oi. Everything elso on your site looks fine. I can guarantee that over time you will add "Bells & Whistles" to make your site even more exciting. Enjoy! Ralph Posey, http://www.ohs58.net
Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 3:03 PM - Response #11
David I finally had the chance to sign on and take a look at your site. Wow what a difference!! That is what I was saying that the home page was missing. It's that first impression.. the WOW factor I felt the home page was missing. You have it once they are signed on. If you can just make some of those things available to those who aren't signed on you might get them to sign on. After I was on the site it took on a personality that off the site I felt was missing. A welcoming personality. Does that make sense? I love the slide shows too! Great job! I especially like the black and white old movie look of the one.
Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 7:02 PM - Response #14
Well, for the record, what we discourage is password protecting the Classmate Profiles page, because doing so makes it hard for people to join the site. We don't discourage anyone from restricting their Profiles to only fellow members, that's what the option is there for. Some people love sharing their Profile page with non members, others would never consider anything other than restricting.
By the way Karen Jessica read me something you wrote up yesterday, and I wanted to personally thank you for that. Nice words, thanks very much for the PR. That was really appreciated.
Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 7:04 PM - Response #15
Oh by the way, I have a button here that removes the ability for all members to share their Profiles. Like I said some people enjoy doing so, but this decision is really up to site Admins. If you want I can press the magic button and remove the ability for anyone to ever share their Profile again.
Brad I sent you an email asking about the magic button. It must have gotten lost in transit. If we have you push your magic button to secure profiles. Is that all it will do? Or does it secure other things too? I want to keep my memory page open so I don't want those profiles secure. The alumni site request I keep it open so they can update their site.
If you sent it over the weekend the support staff won't get the email until Monday. The only thing "super duper privacy" mode does is make it impossible for your Classmates to share their Profiles with anyone other than fellow Classmates. Let me know.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:12 PM - Response #22
I like your slide show and simplicity, however I do think adding a little more would hold the interest longer.
Don't go over board like our site, it is at the other end of the spectrum... it's over the top and too much, one poster called it the longest home page he had ever seen!...lol however, that was the intention, sign 'em up!