Special People Design Opinions

5 years ago | Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

I launched my new web serial, Special People, a few weeks ago. I'd appreciate feedback on the site design.

I've kept things really simple. It's the newest default WordPress theme (TwentyEleven), but customized and with a bunch of modified CSS.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions!

Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
http://SpecialPeople.TimSevenhuysen.com

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  1. M.E.Traylor (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    The TwentyEleven theme is pretty clean, and your color scheme works with the exception of the blue links. I remember that you can change that in the theme settings. That shade of blue just feels really jarring, very cheerful and bloggish. Also, I tend to like seeing the latest update on the front page, rather than blog posts, so I don't have to search for the link. It might also be a way to garner new readers, so they can get right into the material.

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  2. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the thoughts on the link colour.

    I've struggled back and forth between having story or news on the home page. I think you're probably right that the story could be more directly accessible. What I might try to do is have an excerpt from the most recent chapter appear at the top of the home page, with a link to read the full chapter, and then put news / blog posts underneath that. It'll take some code work, but it should be doable.

    Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
    http://SpecialPeople.TimSevenhuysen.com
  3. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    I like it.

    I agree with M.E.Traylor regarding the home link leading to the story rather than the News page. However, I would prefer to land at the Prologue rather than the current chapter.

    Also, I would change the "Chapters" tab as you have more than one story on there. Chapters made me think that the link was leading to the chapters for that particular story, when in fact it led to the Chapters for all the stories on the site.

    Enjoyed the prologue -- intriguing :)

  4. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the thoughts, Miladysa, and I'm glad you enjoyed what you read!

    I changed the Home page now so it has an excerpt from the most recent story on top, and the News posts underneath that. I have a link that drops down from the "Read" button to go to the start of the current story. Is that button too hidden, you think?

    I've taken most of the inspiration for my navigation from web comics, so I'm still working out the best way to adapt that to web fiction.

    What would your suggestion be instead of the current "Chapter List" page? There are multiple stories, yes, but they share characters and setting, and will probably eventually share plot elements, so I want to have them all in one place. They're intended to run in sequence, not be completely independent. Just trying to get a clearer sense of what your feedback is on this point. Thanks. :)

    Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
    http://SpecialPeople.TimSevenhuysen.com
  5. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    "There are multiple stories, yes, but they share characters and setting, and will probably eventually share plot elements, so I want to have them all in one place. They're intended to run in sequence, not be completely independent."

    Just the kind of story I like. I had not picked up on that though from my previous visits to the site. I think it might be an idea to make that a little clearer somehow for new readers without any previous knowledge of the story, i.e. those who have not been referred from a source such as WFG.

    Hope it helps.

    M :)

  6. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    I've updated the About page to make that aspect of the stories more obvious. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Special People: superhero fiction with a fistful of twists.
    http://SpecialPeople.TimSevenhuysen.com

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