Today we’re pleased to announce the release of the much-awaited new website - take a look at safenetwork.tech!
We’re giving the community an opportunity to have a sneak-peek and share their thoughts and feedback before we push this out more publicly next week.
As many will remember, the project was originally kicked off a little while ago as we sought to work with an external web design agency to update the site. Unfortunately, after a couple of months it soon became clear that the direction wasn’t working for us, at which point we made the tough decision to bring the work inhouse. In retrospect, that decision proved to be correct as it gave us the opportunity to use the website design process as the opportunity to progress a whole range of conversations across a larger team, not least around branding, UX, design and messaging.
As with any website, there will be changes to be made in the near to medium future - not least when we start to roll out the ‘Learn’ section - but it’s also perhaps worth mentioning what our goals have been here. Much of the work has been focused on addressing three specific personas, user types that we believe will access the site; - tech/privacy aware individuals, crypto enthusiasts and journalists (newcomers that are hungry for easily-digestible information).
Few of you will have failed to notice the URL. So why have we moved from maidsafe.net to safenetwork.tech? After an ongoing discussion across the last few months, we’re clear that the most important thing here is to promote the SAFE Network in every possible way. Some of the more eagle-eyed amongst you noticed that the title of the weekly update was changed last week to ‘SAFE Network Dev Update’. We still intend to maintain maidsafe.net but we see this as basically being little more than a very simple company website. The information there should just relate to the company itself - so personnel, job openings, contact details, that kind of thing.
In essence, whilst we may be occupied full time in working to bring the SAFE Network to fruition, we aren’t - and in the future can’t be - the only ones. It’s important that the branding is consistent to avoid confusion in the wider crypto community and ensuring that we move towards using the SAFE Network instead of MaidSafe is a key factor here. For those who are wondering, we’ll also be evolving our social presence and platforms to fall in line.
As mentioned above, one addition to the new website in the future will be a ‘Learn’ section. We’d originally looked at launching this on a separate site but after deciding that the content would sit more naturally within this new site, we’re looking to get that work scheduled in for some time after the release. The Front End team will have to work on a number of other things initially but we’re keen to get this information out as soon as possible.
We’re planning to publicise/push this new website more widely on Monday - so consider this a sneak preview. If you have a few minutes, we’d really appreciate it if a few of you could take the chance to feedback and let us know your thoughts - and if you can catch any typos or bugs, even better! It’s worth mentioning that we’re aware of a potential issue with the videos buffering on certain Windows machines which we’re currently looking into - so if you’re reporting any bugs etc, it would be very useful if you could also please share operating system, browser versions etc. to help us identify any issues.
How do I provide feedback on safenetwork.tech? Leave a comment below this post! Any feedback is welcome.
If you find something that you think isn’t quite right or if you would like to request an enhancement then visit the GitHub Project.