Proposal PandaNet website (English version)
This document describes the proposal for a new design of the
english version of the PandaNet website. After thorough analysis
of the current english version of the PandaNet website the following
conclusions can be made:
- There is little application of aspects of the corporate identity;
- A lot of pages look like they are from a different website than
the Pandanet website;
- The website is not conveniently structured; There is no
[or unclear] logic behind the placement of pages within the
- The website consists of too much information which has very
little to do with the core business of PandaNet. Therefore a lot
of information should be placed on a different place inside the
website or it should be removed altogether.
In cooperation with Jan van der Steen an analysis of the current
hierarchical structure has been made and all functionality has
been examined. On basis of this a proposal for a new sitemap has
On basis of the document 'proposal PandaNet brand design
guidelines' a design for the global lay-out has been made. The
keywords for this layout are:
The technical implications for the implementation of this new
design has been discussed with Jan van der Steen.
The photographs used in this proposal are just examples of how
the photographs should be look like. The definitive pictures are
yet to be decided.
Note: for best legibility of all graphics inside this document it is
recommended to have this document printed instead of reading it
from a screen.
On this page the proposed homepage is shown. First let us discuss
the photograph on the page. The photograph has multiple
- showing the visitor that this page is about the game of go;
- showing the 'module' where the visitor is located inside the
On top of the page the main menu is located as a transparent
part of the photograph. This main menu gives access to the different
modules. The module 'internet go' will probably be used
For getting quick access to the Pandanet go server, the Pandanet
logo is used. The logo is placed in order to stand out, so little
effort is needed to find it. The text 'Play go now!' invites the
user to click on the 'panda' and immediately the java web-start
Pandanet client will execute.
If no account exists the PandaNet client will detect that and
a wizard will start enabling the visitor to register himself. For
details about the PandaNet client, read the 'proposal PandaNet client'.
Every time on every page the pandanet logo is used as quick access
to the pandanet server.
On top of the page a website search function is available, so finding
specific information is easy and it is available on all screens.
The content area is divided in two parts:
The yellow column is
used for presenting the main events and results of the PandaNet
News items are placed in the white column next to the yellow
column. These items are short descriptions and link to pages with
the full story.
When clicking on the option 'Internet Go' the page on the far
left will appear. The main menu from the homepage is now
placed on the top op the page. The menu in the photograph is
now the contextual 'internet go'-menu.
In the white column is the table of contents shown of the 'internet
go'-module. The subitems of the 'internet go' module are:
MYPANDA: the personal pages with your personal settings and
game results (this will probably a page that lots of users will create
a deep-link to),
SERVER CENTER: pages with handy tools and
information for working with the PandaNet server and DOCUMENTATION:
the documentation pages for PandaNet.
If you click on 'documentation', you will access the page shown
on the left. You can see that the table of contents adjusted conveniently
in a contextual way.
At the end of each screen is a location indicator available: it gives
information at what place you are in the hierarchical structure of
the site. You can also use the hyperlinks to go one or more levels
up in the structure. The 'top' link will direct you to the top of the
After Clicking on 'server internals' on the screen of the previous
page, of course you will get the 'server internals' page that
is shown on the far left. You see that the yellow bar in the white
column is showing the current page in context of the table of
contents of the documentation.
After clicking on 'The new pandanet rating system' you will get
the page shown on the left. Notice that you are able to skip some
of the steps because the table of contents always shows 2 levels
lower than the current level.
Above each article some information is shown as:
- last updated
- author of the article
- location of the page in the hierarchical structure
Pages in other modules than 'internet go' have a different photograph.
For instance the page shown on the left is the client
download page in the public services section.
Sometimes some text inside the contents needs special emphasis.
In such cases the box shown in this screen is
appropriate. To make sure that users can find the download
functionality easily this box with negative contrast letters is used.
The information on this page is kept to it's minimum with a
minimum of distractions, resulting in a straightforward download
- INTERNET GO
- Server center
- Coming soon...
- World time zones
- Contact us
- How to...
- Command overview
- Server internals
- PUBLIC SERVICES
- Monthly Q&A Room
- Monthly column: Buon Giorno!
- Report from Cannes, France
- Go friends
- 3rd party software
- MEMBER SERVICES
- Becoming a member
- Monthly E-magazine
- Professional teaching
- Go Quiz
- Rating certificates
- THE PandaNet CORPORATION
- About PandaNet
- Contact us
- Website proposal
Shown on the left is the proposal for the sitemap and the
corresponding structure of the website.
The core functionality is clearly centered around the 'internet
go' module. Public - and member services are paid and non-paid
extra services. Notice that irrelevant functionality like 'the history
of go' and galleries with go art and photographs are placed in the
archive or are removed completely from the site.
It is strongely recommended to host the go art and the vintage go
stories in a corresponding but seperate website, for instance: 'The
Pandanet Virtual Go museum'.
PandaNet website design