Cool Site of the Day Redesign Update
3 Months Since We Won the Contest
Well, it’s been almost 3 months since it was announced that Cool Site of the Day won the $30,000 PaperThin CMS Giveaway Contest and all is going quite well. For those of you who don’t know, CMS stands for ‘content management system’. The CMS that PaperThin developed (and the one that will drive Cool Site of the Day in the future) is known as CommonSpot. Currently, Cool Site of the Day runs on WordPress. CommonSpot is a much bigger deal than WordPress; takeaway: I’m totally stoked.
What’s Been Done
I just spent the past 2 days in training at the PaperThin offices in Quincy, MA. PaperThin is packed with GREAT, super bright people with whom I’m thankful and fortunate to be associated. Dave Tobey (@dtobey) was masterful in showing us that he knows more than anyone else should know about a CMS. Kristi, Heidi, Todd and team were more than excellent hosts and sounding boards.
Fig Leaf Software (a PaperThin partner who has committed $10,000 in design services as part of the contest’s 1st prize) has submitted their first comps of the ‘new look’ Cool Site of the Day. I don’t want to skew your view of this first pass but I was blown away with Fig Leaf‘s ability to accurately reflect my design preferences (of course, my sense of layout and design is somewhat limited so to see them whip up this kind of magic makes me EXTREMELY happy). OK, take a good look at this…
We discussed some changes the other day so I’ll post the latest as they arrive in my inbox. Based on the above, let me know what you think in the comments section below…but first, some answers to your questions:
How Will Cool Site of the Day Change?
In a word–radically. Here are the major items:
Visitors will have the option to view the coolest sites by categoy (yeah!!)
Everyone will have the opportunity to submit websites/URLs/apps/videos/images/just-about-anything, however, there will be a select group of 20 or so pre-selected moderators–big time fans of Cool Site of the Day–you know who you are. (If you want to be a moderator and you don’t think that I know you, make yourself known in the comments box below.)
The Cool Site of the Day rating system is being slimmed down to a 5-star system. Moderators will have the responsibility of rating and categorizing all submitted sites. The highest rated sites (>= 3 stars) will be featured when visitors select a category and are shown sites in that category. Registered visitors will also have the option to click on a ‘random cool site generator’ to view (and rate) sites at, uh…random.
Moderators, along with me, will have the joy of rating/categorizing all recently submitted sites AS WELL AS ALL 6,000 sites that have been submitted over the past 18 years!! Time to cleanup the archive crowdsource style 😉
OK, enough from me–I want to hear from you. Please answer these 4 questions in the comment box below:
- How do you like the overall look and feel of the design shown above?
- What would you change to make it better?
- Do you like the new direction of Cool Site of the Day? If not, how would you change it?
- Are you interested in becoming a moderator?
Thanks for your time and, as always, thanks for visiting Cool Site of the Day–now, please share this page with your friends!
mike AT coolsite DOT com