Improving Downloads at MySQL.com

The MySQL Web Team and the MySQL Community Team want to improve your experience with downloading software from MySQL.com. Now, we have many ideas on how to improve things, some subtle, some not so subtle, but we would like to hear from you.

As with all UI improvements, what we want to do is to come up with solutions and features which make the process easier, faster or more reliable. In this case it should be easier to identify what you need, faster to get to the download and more reliable in getting the correct download or your previous downloads.

What pages/sections are we dealing with specifically? We are talking about the downloads of MySQL and MySQL-related software available at the following pages: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/

Here are some screenshots of some of the pages we are thinking of revamping:

  • Main downloads page at dev.mysql.com


  • Software Summary and Quick Links

 

  • Sample software listing

If you have any thoughts and ideas, please post them here in the comments or email me at dups (at) sun (dot) com.

In a later post, I'll discuss some of the suggestions that we get and some of the suggestions that we have internally.

Comments:

My suggestion:

Have a "power user" download section that users that know what they're doing can use instead of the current marketing download page. That way, if I want to download MySQL 4.1.22, 5.0.75, 5.1.31, 6.0.9 source packages, I don't need a total of 20 clicks and page refreshes to do so.

Cheers,

Jay

Posted by jaypipes on February 17, 2009 at 09:41 AM EST #

I very much like the way downloads are structured on the main sun.com page. There is a visually appealing icon for each group of downloads (MySQL, Glassfish, Java etc.) which leads to an own section for the downloads (and has other infos attached to it like intro videos, which is way cool).

Following the Java download link I get just one button: free Java download, plus some links attached to it (which version do I need.

Generally, follow this approach (including detection of the OS X and suggesting the first choice download directly), which is presented on sun.com.

Mike

Posted by Mike Lischke on February 19, 2009 at 07:41 PM EST #

Jay +1.
Also, we could make a small web wizard helping people find what they want. Wizard should include product, sources (yes/no), OS, architecture (maybe even give user a hint where to look for info on their boxes)...
We are also missing info on operating systems. There is no download for OpenSolaris but Solaris pkg does the job (tested) and so on.
You may consider skipping zillion mirrors and just try to pick one, if not logically then randomly.

So "User Config" (Jay) + wizard + automatic mirror picking.

Regards, Tonci

Posted by Tonci Grgin on February 19, 2009 at 07:51 PM EST #

@Jay,

Indeed, if you really need 4.1.22, 5.0.75, 5.1.31, 6.0.9 source packages you don't need 20 clicks, you're much better served by using launchpad than downloading each one individually.

bzr branch lp:mysql-server
bzr branch -r tag:mysql-4.1.22 mysql-server mysql-4.1.22
bzr branch -r tag:mysql-5.0.75 mysql-server mysql-5.0.75
bzr branch -r tag:mysql-5.1.31 mysql-server mysql-5.1.31
bzr branch -r tag:mysql-6.0.9 mysql-server mysql-6.0.9

Posted by Matthew Montgomery on February 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM EST #

Mike, not sure whether auto detection is good for all of the MySQL products - I assue the server is often d/l using Windows but installed on another system. An autodetection might look like Windows being the main platform.For other products, like Workbench, it's a different story of course.

Posted by Johannes Schlüter on February 28, 2009 at 08:34 PM EST #

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