|Envisioning the Downloads Page of the Future
||[Jun. 24th, 2002|09:54 pm]
LiveJournal Client Discussions
The Downloads page, where everyone goes for his or her client needs, has remained in its current form for far too long. Back in October 2001, evan rewrote the Downloads page in a mesh of Perl, HTML, and BML; before that it had been a simple HTML file along with a little BML. Since then, there have only been minor updates to the page, mainly to add new clients and platforms. As I'm sure all of you have noticed, the page certainly could be better than it is now, given the growth of LiveJournal and the flood of new clients that have arisen.
Why should you care about the Downloads page? Well, if you are a client author, you want users to be able to find your program with ease. The easier it is for a user to find a given client, the more users will choose to use a client (preferably yours, of course) over the Web interface. If you are one of the precious few who administer the site, getting people to use clients is important--it translates to fewer hits to the Web and image servers, and, depending on the client, keeps people from obsessively reloading their friends page for lack of anything better to do.
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