Hi OpenSUSE Fans (and webmasters),
First of all, sorry about the title, but it’s true…
I’m a returning OpenSUSE fan and has just installed OpenSuSE 12.3 on a couple of friends production laptops and ‘they’ are very pleased with there completely new laptops, running OpenSuSE instead of Microsoft Windows 8…
…but the OpenSuSE website use to be based on a kind of Wiki so you kind of navigated and browsed through the site… now, the ‘new’ site structure and design looks much! more cool and up to date, but it is impossible to know where to look up information…
E.g. where to look up information on Virtualization, should I look under Wiki, Help, Documentation, HowTos or Blog? I ended up using Google to locate information on the site, instead for browsing the site (is that the idea, to use Google on the site?)
Anyway, my point is, I might be able to locate the information I need but I was thinking of how new users reacts if the are trying to locate informations on OpenSuSE… “Marketing, Appealing, Welcoming new users…”
My suggestion would be, at least, to put a very simple front page at the top level of openSUSE.org with easy links to hot topics and information, news, videos etc — this would keep new users interested in staying on the site, and later choosing OpenSuse as their Disto. Later on, I would recommend that the site was structured much more simple, e.g. like Ubuntu.com, as you here are guided very well or to sites like Apple.com.
Well it’s just my suggestions … … Any by the way, I will still promote OpenSUSE and SUSE but would love to see the site much more appealing for new users or people looking for information on SUSE.