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AfterDawn merges Filepedia with its software section

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 11 Sep 2007 4:14 User comments (6)

AfterDawn merges Filepedia with its software section A couple of months ago we made a decision to abandon one of our "side-kick brands", Filepedia.com in order to provide a smoother user experience for our users. Filepedia and its predecessor, Dawnload.net, have been around since 2001 and they've provided software downloads from areas that AfterDawn doesn't focus on, such as browsers, email clients, firewalls, etc.
The "two sites offering software downloads" setup has proven to be slightly complex for some of our users which is why we felt that by merging the two software sections, we could provide a better user experience and a much more harmonized "brand" for the software section.

As a result of this merger, AfterDawn's software section grows significantly and now boasts more than 1,000 hand-picked software downloads with user reviews, screenshots, etc. All user accounts, software notification subscriptions, RSS feeds, etc have been moved from Filepedia to AfterDawn, so users can manage their settings and notifications via AfterDawn's control panel.

You can find our software section here:

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/

-Petteri Pyyny, webmaster
AfterDawn.com

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6 user comments

111.9.2007 18:49

thanxs dRD always looking to make it easier for us to use the site and get around. well done.

211.9.2007 22:58

wow thats wierd, i was around for the build and the... erm un-build? of the filepedia site, it was a great site too :)

nevertheless its all good :D

312.9.2007 5:20

Originally posted by Phantom69:
wow thats wierd, i was around for the build and the... erm un-build? of the filepedia site, it was a great site too :)
Yeah, the concept and the site's layout were good, IMO, but as AfterDawn is the "mother ship" of our web properties, it became slightly complicated to navigate through the group of sites that didn't share the same navigational structure, i.e. if you ended up moving from AfterDawn to Filepedia, you were somewhat "lost" on how to return back to aD for news, etc.

Our current main priority is to figure out ways to make our content easier to find for our users -- we have more than 700,000 pages of content on our site and finding the right information can sometimes be a bit difficult :-) And combining all the software items under one umbrella was one step on that road.

412.9.2007 22:55

to be honest i think the site is in perfectly good working order, due to the range of search features and the array of tabs available at the top.

as long as each of those tabs remains above content on every page, its all good as its the primary source of navigation anyway.

in other words, you guys are doing great :)

512.9.2007 23:03

Originally posted by Phantom69:
to be honest i think the site is in perfectly good working order, due to the range of search features and the array of tabs available at the top.

as long as each of those tabs remains above content on every page, its all good as its the primary source of navigation anyway.

in other words, you guys are doing great :)
Thanks for the kind words, but as I've worked in this business for almost a decade now, I've learned that if you don't improve your act constantly, you're soon out of business (those of you who remember the times when Altavista ruled the search engine game or the times when Slashdot was the #1 news site for geeks probably understand what I mean :-).

We have some major pages on our site that can confuse the heck out of a new user. Imagine a person, who has never visited our site before, arriving to our forum frontpage ;-) Or a video n00b trying to find the right guide for his/her needs using our guide list...

When you have 4-10 forum rooms and less than 10 guides, the lists like they are now, work well, but once the amount of content grows to proportions we have it nowadays, it becomes almost impossible for Joe Average to find the right content, specially if he's not quite sure what he is looking for :-) And that we try to change in near future.

612.9.2007 23:19

okie dokie, i see where you are coming from.

if you ever need a hand with anything, dont bother asking cause i cant do anything :) lol hahaha

^^ a bit of light humor... lame i know but hey what can you do...


but nevertheless you guys are doing great! and will be here for moral support for a long time afaik.

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