Brand-new FileMaker.com

Posted Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at 06:48 AM

Months of work has led up to a brand-new FileMaker.com. This version of the website sheds the 3 or 4 (more?) previous designs, and brings the entire site into a single, unified design:

New FileMaker.com
The new FileMaker.com
The new FileMaker.com

The previous state of the website had iterations of old designs from years and years past running together simultaneously, with their own sub navigation, their own css, and to a degree, their own structure. As you can imagine, this was a huge headache for updating the site. Just to illustrate what a mess this was for the user, here’s random handful of pages on the old site, each pointing out 6 different sub navigation designs:

Sub-navigations
Yep, this is all the same website
Sub-navigations

We invested the time to bring all these different generations of the website under one, brand-new design and architecture. The sub navigation is now pretty consistent across the entire website. It was a big project up-front, but I know that it will really pay large dividends in the coming years with future product launches and general maintenance.

The global navigation underwent a huge overhaul. The old global navigation:

Old nav
Old
Old nav

…and the new one, using the superb protofish dropdowns:

New nav
New
New nav

As a side note, I made a big push to use some forward-thinking CSS 3 techniques, and drop full support of IE6 (Hallelujah!). Small CSS 3 enhancements like rounded corners, drop-shadows, and pseudo-selectors sped up development time, allowing me to literally re-code the old site in this new design in the insane project schedule we have here.

This was a huge effort, and a big redesign of the site was something that I have been wanting to do since I came onboard. I jumped at the chance to get it done in the small window of opportunity that I had. Congratulations to the web team for a job well-done. Now if only we could get a break–onto the next product launch…

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And since this took so long to write and post, FileMaker 11 has launched already. Bring on the purple!

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