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Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Leonardo Gonzalez - 2020-08-15

It always helps to see a prototype so, here is an overly detailed mock-up of what my suggested Unified Menu (UM) would look like and how it could potentially look on sub domains and mobile along with a breakdown of the UM tree itself.

Home Page:

           


Parts Tracker Main:

       



UM break down:

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

When first staring to use the website I was confused, in part, because of the navigation differences on the main site and the sub domains. One guideline that don't seem to apply in the site is that the final node on a menu tree should be the clickable one. Now that there is work being done to update many aspects of the website it is the perfect opportunity for everyone to pitch in ideas and suggestions.

Regarding the UM, nothing is set in stone, this is just one iteration attempting to include as much as possible in the menu bar without taking the whole screen and making it as intuitive as I can. Note the inclusion of items like the Facebook group, and the place holder for the submit model page on the OMR, among other things, leaving some potential for growth in the future.

Along with the admins and active contributors, it would be great if regular users stop by and leave their thoughts or comments on this.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-17

I'm not sure about that submenu under the main menu. I might gen up an implementation to see it in real life.

Otherwise, I like lot of you organization suggestions. Getting things into the right buckets (menu heading) is something that I want but have trouble deciding on.

Right now the big outlier will be the forums. A new template system is in the works for the next version (whenever that happens) and I'm not really keen on spending the effort until that happens.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-17

(2020-08-17, 18:24)Orion Pobursky Wrote: I'm not sure about that submenu under the main menu. I might gen up an implementation to see it in real life.

Otherwise, I like lot of you organization suggestions. Getting things into the right buckets (menu heading) is something that I want but have trouble deciding on.

Right now the big outlier will be the forums. A new template system is in the works for the next version (whenever that happens) and I'm not really keen on spending the effort until that happens.

Here's a mockup. I'm not adverse to it but think it could be better. Also, not sure how to do a mobile solution. I'll tinker some more.
https://www.ldraw.org/hidden-content/site-and-cms-details/site-test-pages-and-mockups/pt-base-html-beta.html


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Chris Dee - 2020-08-18

(2020-08-17, 20:51)Orion Pobursky Wrote: Here's a mockup. I'm not adverse to it but think it could be better. Also, not sure how to do a mobile solution. I'll tinker some more.
https://www.ldraw.org/hidden-content/site-and-cms-details/site-test-pages-and-mockups/pt-base-html-beta.html

In that example the search box on the main menu could be your site-wide search and you could move the PT search box (ptdetail/ptscan) to the secondary menu.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Leonardo Gonzalez - 2020-08-18

(2020-08-18, 8:54)Chris Dee Wrote: In that example the search box on the main menu could be your site-wide search and you could move the PT search box (ptdetail/ptscan) to the secondary menu.

I honestly didn't think about that, or rather didn't consider the usability of search in the website as I haven't used it yet. It does makes some sense to have a dedicated sub domain search.

There are two other approaches I could think to suggest (and I know I am talking about more work Tongue ). First, is to have a checkbox on the secondary menu that reads "Limit Search to Parts Tracker". This way you could have a checkbox in the OMR too, that will only influence the search box when on their respective areas.

Second, to create an "advanced search page" where the checkbox option appears as radio buttons:
  • Website-Wide Search
  • Limit Search to PT
  • Limit Search to OMR
  • [insert any other area limit for future growth]
I do like the smaller version of the secondary menu, it seems to make it more identifiable as a list of "local" options. Although, I would space it a bit more from top and bottom.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-18

I've implemented some of your menu organization suggestions. I think the menus are much more compact and intuitive now.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-19

(2020-08-18, 16:08)Leonardo Gonzalez Wrote: Second, to create an "advanced search page" where the checkbox option appears as radio buttons:
  • Website-Wide Search
  • Limit Search to PT
  • Limit Search to OMR
  • [insert any other area limit for future growth]

A "Grand Unified Search" is definitely in the works but will take time.

I've also noticed a limitation of the built in CMS search: it doesn't search compiled templates, only article text. This means that dynamically generates content, like the LDConfig color table, doesn't show up in search.


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-19

I've polished up the menu bars a bit, added search boxes, and added the mobile menu.

https://www.ldraw.org/hidden-content/site-and-cms-details/site-test-pages-and-mockups/pt-base-html-beta.html

Thoughts?


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Philippe Hurbain - 2020-08-19

(2020-08-19, 17:07)Orion Pobursky Wrote: I've polished up the menu bars a bit, added search boxes, and added the mobile menu.

https://www.ldraw.org/hidden-content/site-and-cms-details/site-test-pages-and-mockups/pt-base-html-beta.html

Thoughts?
Looks good! (tried on Chrome PC and phone) General search is not yet working?


RE: Unified Menu (UM) - image intense - Orion Pobursky - 2020-08-19

(2020-08-19, 18:12)Philippe Hurbain Wrote: Looks good! (tried on Chrome PC and phone) General search is not yet working?

It is but not on the test page (I guess I'll have to make a search js file). If you want to see what it looks like, use the search box on the main site front page.