The final mockups for the proposed “Get WordPress” page for WordPress.org provide an early look into the new section that aims to make it easier for people to “get WordPress.”
Automattic Designer Mark Uraine originally proposed the Get WordPress page in February as a way to improve the current Download and Mobile pages of the WordPress.org site and to eliminate the confusion surrounding the current navigation path by combining Mobile, Hosting, and Download WordPress.
Here’s a look at the final mockup:
As a single access point, this information will dramatically improve user experience and also unify related content, Uraine said.
“The mockup combines downloading WordPress, downloading the mobile apps, and hosting into one page, with sub-pages for each,” he said. “Combining these options provides a well-rounded view of how someone might go about ‘getting’ WordPress – whether by downloading the software and setting it up themselves, having a hosting provider take care of it, or obtaining the mobile apps. Each section links to sub-pages that delve into more detail.”
Uraine provided the information architecture for the page in an earlier post, which detailed the structure of each section and includes several subpages linked from the main page.
The Mobile section of the page showcases the WordPress.org mobile apps. In addition, the mobile view of the final mockup features the buttons at the top of the page, prompting users to download the apps. The mockup gives more life to the dated and text heavy Mobile page.
The Download section of the mockup is digestible, clean, and informative. It will provide users with other information relevant to setting up their WordPress site that is not included on the current Download page.
The “Get” page will also focus on WordPress hosts. The first IA proposal featured WordPress.com as its own section on the site. After further discussion, however, it was moved to a sub-section under Hosting. In the comments, some users have voiced concern around the lack of hosting options displayed. Currently, only one recommended host lives on the Hosting page on WordPress.org, but Automattic’s Samuel Sidler said this will be addressed through a “Get Listed” box, which will be temporarily added to the page telling hosts how to be added to the site.
According to Sidler, “It’s not clear from the mockups… but the intention is to rotate out two hosts on this page every time it’s refreshed.”
There is currently no scheduled launch date for the “Get WordPress” page, but you can follow its progress here. If you have any feedback on the design, you can share your opinions in the comment section of the blog post.