In cooperation with Fandom staff, I've been working on a major overhaul of our main page. You can view the proposed new layout here.
This overhaul includes both structural changes to make the main page easier to edit, as well as content changes meant to improve navigability and draw traffic. Major changes include:
- 1. Eliminating the top slider.
- 2. Simplifying main-page navigation, and drastically reducing number of links.
- 3. Replacing image-based headers with text headers for more flexibility and search engine optimization.
- 4. Implementing a functional newsfeed.
- 5. Removing the featured article, featured quote, and polls due to inactivity.
- 6. Removing the blog spotlight.
The specific articles featured in each category are not yet finalized. I am considering replacing The Sign of the Four and The Valley of Fear with the Adventures and the Return instead. The TV & film adaptation box may also be expanded depending on the success of the upcoming Netflix adaptations. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments will also likely replace Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper in the video games category.
If you have an article you believe should be featured in the main page navigation, it should meet the following criteria: 1. Notability (should drive interest) 2. Completeness (must not be a stub or otherwise incomplete) 3. Distinctiveness (must not be substantially similar to another highlighted article).
Please share your thoughts on these changes within the next two weeks.