As Raff critized the new platform blog.lu, I had to check out that site too.
1. The design is bad, whether these rose-babyblue colors are a good choice or not might be arguable, but for what considers me, they hurt my eyes. The font used (Bauhaus 93) for BLOG.lu in the header is nothing original to me. I’ll simply ignore the fact now that the designer has used a different font (Brush Script MT) for the slogan.
2. “Sommaire” as the title of a website is unprofessional. (Does the webmaster need help to find the title tag and change it?) There are tons of good books on (X)HTML out there, I recommend this one.
3. A mistake in the very first sentence is ridiculous! (“Le premier BLOG Luxembourgeois est ouvert et qui plus est entièrement gratuit.” – wtf? Is my French that bad or does the second part of this sentence sound terribly wrong: “est qui plus est entièrement gratuit”?!)
4. If you click on FAQ, you only get the following message: “summary_faq_description TEST”. I can only say: don’t you know the rules of webdesign? Grab the book I’ve just recommended you and see if you can find the very first rule of webdesign. (I’ll come back to this at the next point).
“Please edit the contents of the file
templates/summary/agreement.template to suit your needs.
If you do not need a service agreement to be accepted by end users, please disable this feature by setting ‘summary_show_agreement’ to ‘No’ via the administration interface.”
Please, read these rules of webdesign again. One of the very first ones states: do never, ever, put an unfinished website online!
6. Damn it, but if I decided to register blog.lu, then I’d do a website in Luxemburgish! If you want a French blogosphere you’re too late, there already is one: blog.fr. A website I like a lot more, already the header is funny and the design looks more professional to me.
7. The initiative to create a Luxemburgish blogosphere would be laudable, but this way, you’ll never get there. I like egalwaat.lu’s list of links to Luxemburgish blogs a whole lot more. Also because everyone can insert her or his blog, and that way create a much more complete list of the Luxemburgish blogosphere.
8. Now to some positive stuff: I like the URL the members get (e.g. thierry.blog.lu). Especially for people who do not want to buy their own domain name – although you can get one almost for free today – this seems quite convenient.
9. It could get so good now: The registration is as easy as you could imagine. Choose a nickname, enter your full name, a valid email adress and a password, choose a name for your blog and a theme and wait for the confirmation email. But, unfortunately the layout of the registration form is confusing. At least in Safari it hasn’t a clean structure at all. Oh, and guys, please delete the Kubrick theme, there is nothing more boring than yet another weblog with WordPress’ default theme. So better not lead anyone into temptation…
10. And, finally, although I chose French as the language for the admin interface, the error messages were still in English!
Conclusion: (Almost) everyone can install LifeType – which blog.lu seems to be based on – on a server, but it takes a whole lot more to create a great website. This site simply doesn’t meet my requirements for a good webpage. My proposal: delete the site and built it again from scratch. The project surely has potential, but this way you’re most certainly never going to exploit it. It’s simply yet another bad Luxemburgish website.
Considering it has been created by Netline.lu, who offer webdesign as a professional service, I don’t know what to say. But hey, before anyone claims I’d be defaming Netline: I’ve checked out some other websites they created, and bofferding.lu as well as luxlait.lu actually seem to be good websites.
Imho it got a miserable start, but nevertheless I wish blog.lu success, maybe it will get over its many teething problems (although at this point I doubt that – but I’ve been surprised before) and become an interesting and wonderful service in the future.