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Help Us Re-Design ccMixter

permalink   Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 1:58 PM
Hey Mixters!

We’re excited to announce we’re starting upon a long overdue ccMixter site redesign — and we’d love your input. Because we’re an organization supported by generous donations, it is likely this will be more of a slow and organic process — but no less important.

We’re starting with the homepage. It got a partial facelift in the initial beta redesign, but unfortunately was never finished. What do you think is important when new users first come to our site? What features do you think are important for our homepage?

A special thanks to everyone for hanging in there while part of our site has been defaulting to the beta and the rest is still in legacy mode. It’s been challenging to navigate!

We at ArtisTech Media and Mixter Admins will be seeking your input for each milestone and look forward to your feedback.

We would greatly appreciate your support for the redesign! If you are already contributing to ccMixter on Patreon, please consider increasing your monthly donation a dollar or two.

Perhaps you’d like to make a one time donation via PayPal to help our redesign efforts.

Thank you to everyone here in our community for contributing your time, talent and value to ccMixter.

We look forward to moving ccMixter forward with a new and improved look — together. Peace.
Kara Square
permalink   Wed, Aug 8, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
This is exciting!

One idea that might be useful… perhaps a link to our tutorials on YouTube would help new users?

permalink   Apoxode Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:51 AM
Definitely that. I could have used those videos when I started. Plus they’re good examples for beginning video students.
permalink   Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:58 AM
Something I’d like is a notice when there are new posts/replies in the forums, or that threads in the forums are marked different somehow when there is something new. I don’t mean just for my posts/replies, because I can see that in the beta notification, but the only the way I can tell now is to check all the dates when I remember to.

Also, a quick link from the regular profile of users to their beta profile and back. What I do now is go to their playlists, then click the link to their profile, but if I start in beta, I have to search their name to see it in regular. The beta is faster for searching uploads, because you can see 40 at once.

If it’s cool, I’ll just add stuff I think of here as I go…
permalink   Apoxode Sun, Feb 24, 2019 @ 12:41 PM
Some things I think might help others:

When choosing the sources used in a remix, having the option to put in the upload number can prevent selecting the wrong version, and could help when the system can’t find what’s typed in. Sometimes even if I put in the exact name of an upload, it won’t find it and I have to search the artist’s uploads, which can be daunting when they number in the hundreds.

In the beta version, if the time length of each upload is listed in the overview, it can help distinguish each one if the names aren’t listed or don’t display properly. Plus it can give us a sense of how much material is available to work with.
Ivan Chew
permalink   Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Seems to me Beta was designed for ‘consumers’ while pre-Beta was for ‘producers’. Maybe that’s what Beta was trying to address but I wonder if that inadvertantly ostracized remixers. The former wants it like a playlist; the latter wants quick access to user pages, more uploads from the user, stems etc. I find myself just switching to pre-Beta, but then I’m more of the latter.

Btw, if any User Acceptance Testing is needed, I’d be happy to help. I know everyone has their preferences and designs are often subjective, so I’m keeping mum on this one. Just to say I’m pretty happy with the legacy UI actually, esp after it’s Android-friendly.
Martin Cee (softmartin)
permalink   Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 4:31 PM
That is good news ! I would suggest
Log in next to Signup on the menu bar. Then there are 4 buttons marked “get started”, perhaps they can be labelled more descriptively like “start mixing here” “search for free music for your project here” “search for paid music for your project here” or shorter labels for the buttons and a sentence below explaining where the button will take you ( tool tip style, maybe). As to design, the “Music connects us” is great, as is “how it works” but maybe one can use php to keep a menu always visible and show the content without having to scroll.
just ideas, and am very happy that the site and the mixter community exists !! Best Martin
Martin Cee (softmartin)
permalink   Sun, Oct 21, 2018 @ 2:27 AM
Search by key ?
I know many mixters have the DAWS and the skills to repitch samples, but I would like to have the ability to search by key.
No way is this essential, but if possible to incorporate in the redesign, I for one would welcome it.
Best Martin
permalink   Snowflake Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
i would also love this!
permalink   copperhead Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
I feel tempo and key should be mandatory. Just makes it easier.
permalink   Admiral Bob Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 7:16 AM
Three sharps - f# minor or A? There’s almost no difference, you can’t always figure out the tonic. :)
Martin Cee (softmartin)
permalink   Fri, Dec 7, 2018 @ 6:19 AM
More requests for Santa !
One thing that would be very welcome would be to be able to play all the tracks one can see with just one click. Like an automatic stream. For example during secret mixers, I ‘d love to be able to go to the user page and stream all of the uploads without having to click separate tracks. I believe right now this is only possible with playlists and the listing list.
Best, Martin
permalink   Mr_Yesterday Sat, Jan 12, 2019 @ 5:11 PM
Hi, Martin, this is a great idea. Especially given that playlisting and recommends are tracked, which undermines the “secret” aspect. I have also assembled (but not submitted) any number of feature requests, many of them having to do with private playlisting and streaming.