This week on Tuesday morning, we updated Familysearch.org to the new look and feel. The home page has been completely changed to help those who are new to family history get to the different areas of the website. Before these changes, you had to know your way around Familysearch.org. I have heard a lot of feedback from those who are experienced genealogists that we left them out. I watched the video on Dear Myrtle’s blog where she hosted a Google+ hangout with 3 other people with people on the web contributing to their conversation. It was good feedback on how we can improve and accomodate genealogists of all levels. I am a web developer at Familysearch.org that works on the Family Records area of the site. Our area didn’t change much except for the new colors and look. The Family Tree did not change a lot as well.
A lot of the trouble that is discussed is the home page and navigation changes. The designers and those who make the decisions have received the feedback and are reviewing it. We talk about how we can accomodate genealogists of all levels quite a bit. It is a challenge. We have talked about having 2 different sites for each. That is a lot of work and we don’t have a lot of man power to do that.
The Genea-Musings Blog by Randy Seaver had a good suggestion to add a navigation bar at the top to get to the links that experienced genealogist use most. They want to get to these areas in one click because they use them so much. That is a good idea. I will pass that on to the designers. They have probably already heard of it. There is a buzz around the office about all the feedback we are getting.
We are also getting a lot of good feedback from beginners. The pendulum swung from catering to the experienced genealogists to the beginners. For the longest time it catered only to experienced genealogists. We need to make it good for both, which is our goal.
We will continue to make changes to Familysearch.org until it becomes a very useful site to all. We know every change causes some pain adjusting to it. Please be patient as the dust settles. Thanks for all the feedback. We welcome it.This entry was posted in Family History by admin