Though I agree wholeheartedly with a fully user-customized homepage, sometimes it's easy to crowd a page with little icons and controls on each box that easily confuse the user with so many possible choices. Instead, I think most of those controls can and should be hidden from view but easily accessible through small pull-down menus, that show all the contextually appropriate customization options for each kind of content (content boxes can be minimized, moved or deleted, rss feeds can be added to the myBBC - see below - fotos can be "zoomed", etc.
Though the screenshot only shows two columns on the center section, the idea is for those two columns to fluidly rearrange themselves into 3 or 4 columns if the user's screen resolution allows it, specifying a minimum width and and maximum width so extremely large widths will not "destroy" the layout.
The World Weather box is self-explanatory. When available, or appropriate, a weather alert appears below it with an news weather item related to the choice of country/city that is selected on the World Weather.
The user can choose one of three skins to view the page. Those three skins change the overall color - and mood - of the site. The three base colors chosen, refer to the RGB color system used on monitors and televisions.
The video box on the right allows the user to choose other videos to view right on the homepage, or to go directly to a video area page where the user can search, preview or download any available videos from BBC.
The myBBC tab refers to an overlay that loads on top of this page where a logged user can edit not only his profile but where he can edit (delete, etc) rss feeds from any part of BBC. These RSS feeds are automatically combined into a single RSS feed so the user can follow up threads, breaking news, weather, etc, and even syndicate that content for his or her blog or personal page. Non logged users can of course login here.
All of the content from the feeds stored in myBBC and possibly the choices a user does while logged (i.e. view an article) feed all or some the content that appears on the page so as more choices and content is viewed by the user, the content showed gets more and more related to the users preferences.
Editorial content can, and should, take priority over this functionality, when deemed appropriate by the BBC staff (late breaking news, etc).
- 26 May 2006 15:47