Recent Java.com redesign

I have been working on Java deployment for more than 2 years, and it always happens that the java.com web site is updated just in time for the JavaOne conference. Last year, we improved the download user experience and slightly rebranded the web site; this time was similar.

Actually, I would be lying if I said that this time was not so different. It was -- we were requested to do more changes in a shorter timeframe than last time. However, we succeeded! The big thanks should go to a lot of people who contributed to this effort, especially to Mary Kawahira, who really made the difference. She was working through nights and days to make this project a great success. 

This time, we rebranded the whole web site and further simplified the download user experience. In addition, we removed distracting things from the user's flow and made some other small tweaks. For those who have never visited java.com or who do not remember the previous design, I enclose screenshots (before & after) of the java.com home page. 

previous design of java.com page Current design of java.com page

There is still a continuous effort to further simplify the download user experience and make the web site more simple and useful.

For those, who have the Deployment Toolkit (part of Java 6 Update 10 release which should be available around September; Beta is already out) installed, the user experience will be further simplified. This simplification is for those who run Windows and is not related just to the download flow, but also to the java.com help pages where we will ensure users get the most appropriate information without any effort. We are going to have a user study for this project this week, so we will know more after that. Meantime, I can share some screenshots of the help pages that users are going to evaluate.

The first image shows the suggested appearance of a new help landing page (current design can be found here),

suggested help landing page

another one shows the suggested appearance of a help page when a category is selected (current design can be found here).

 suggested help page 2

If you have any comments or questions on the design of java.com, please comment on this entry. 

Jindra Dinga improves the deployment experience of Java for both developers and end users.

Comments:

The redesign has removed easy access to mobile and desktop applications. Earlier, I could browse the useful applications for each platform. Now all you have is a set of marketing stories.

Also screenshots of your windows desktop with IE doesnt look too appealing for java developers and in general consumers who love firefox on other platforms.

Posted by guest on June 29, 2008 at 08:34 PM PDT #

If you miss a particular game or application, check the following URL that contains list of most viewed games/applications that were available on java.com:

http://java.com/en/download/faq/javacom_changes.xml

Posted by Jindra on June 30, 2008 at 08:59 PM PDT #

What about the applications?

Posted by guest on August 06, 2008 at 10:23 PM PDT #

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