Saturday, April 11, 2009

Adding features is easy but making them usable is tough

There are more than a dozen features that I have in mind for fefoo but they won't make it in this version of fefoo. The reason is not that they are difficult to implement, but the main trouble is keeping all those features usable and till a certain degree accessible. I try and work on the concept that nothing should be more than 2 clicks away. One click if possible but at max 2 clicks. Unless its a feature that only power users will use its better to stick with the 2 click rule.

I am also kind of worried about the negative publicity that iframes are getting. Not that fefoo is like diggbar or stumble upon but with the herd mentality things get to a point where everything is seen with the same frame of mind. Not that there will be quite a few people who are going to hate fefoo 'cause it uses iframes, but none of these people will have any answer to what else can be used instead of iframes. Don't think fefoo is getting that big anytime soon that it should matter.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

And a new challange on the way to launch

I've been trying to make the videos and write the help files. But its taking quite a while to finish off all the help files. I had thought of starting work on comics.fefoo but have so much more work left on the help files that I don't think I will be able to start work on it anytime soon. Still not sure if anyone will like to use it. Things are still a little complicated in some places so will try to make them simpler.

I moved fefoo to a new host, so hopefully the first time load speed, before its cached would be a lot better. Also now all the JS and CSS files are gziped so that has brought down the download size by atleast 50% if not more. I still need to work on the update system. Lets see when I can finally get that in.

Also added two new categories "Recipes" and "Research" to the list. Also found a great new search engine DuckDuckGo. Its got a unique way to present the results. The search quality is amazing. You can try it out in the web category. Till next time when I have more updates.