Hi everyone, we're considering doing a redesign on the site, particularly on the front page. If it goes ahead, it'll coincide with a switch to a content management system which will hopefully make things easier.
The content management system will allow multiple RSS feeds for different subjects, such as news, or reviews, or even just news from one company. It should hopefully also support a decent search facility, along with database queries which could allow top-10 lists, latest forum posts, that sort of thing.
As this site belongs to you guys, I wanted to ask if anyone had any suggestions for what they'd like to see in a redesign. Feel free to suggest ideas, while the more arty of you could even show example layouts! If there's something you really like the look of on another site - doesn't have to be a photography or a review site - which you think would work well here, then please share!
There are of course some requirements: the front page will need to accommodate a leaderboard ad, a 300x250 box ad and probably a skyscraper ad - these are commercial necessities.
In terms of size, we'll probably stick with a design optimised for displays 1024 pixels wide as that's still what most of our readers use (maybe not you guys on the cutting edge, but the majority), plus it retains compatibility with tablets and other mobiles.
I also like the idea of having a seperate area for latest news headlines, a bit like they have at http://www.independent.co.uk/
Cameralabs is primarily a review site, so the latest camera reviews and buyers guides still need top-billing.
I'm open to shrinking the main name and logo, or even having it in a square box, a bit like Q magazine. A top or lead story panel would also be fine.
So please fire away with yor suggestions or sketches. I can't guarentee they'll be included, or that we'll even definitely be doing a redesign, but I'd really like to hear what you all think.