Alseyon.com and joesblog.alseyon.com were separate sites that focused on mediumship and spirituality. The sites were built in 2008. They're dated, and they don't foster a sense of community. A quick inspection of the inside showed that both sites had to go, and a new one had to be built in their place, from the ground up. So the rehab team got going on it. Team members Me, Myself, and I made a coordinated effort to deconstruct both sites, pull out any salvageable parts, and build them into a brand new site. The team put a lot of time into it, and more than a few late nights to get it all done. And now, it's DONE! Let's see what happened.
Let's take a quick tour. One of the first things to notice is the color change. The team liked the original blue, but the deeper green with lighter blue highlights just made everything so much better. The logo was completely revamped and redone in gray tones. The name of the site and the catchy "The Spirit of Mediumship" byline gives it a nice touch. The banner gives the site some color, life, and a little pop.
Starting at the top, let's see the top menu. "What's up?" gives you an idea of what's been happening on the site. The Mediumship & Spirituality Center is where you go to find the cool stuff that everybody wants to talk about, like mediumship, physical mediumship, healing, and more. The blog runs down the center of the page.
Note that this is the desktop view. The new site works with mobile devices as well. On a mobile device, everything is in one column. The left menu, which starts with "Site Search" in the screen shot above, is first, and the blog follows it. Let's continue with the desktop view. Here is a screen shot of a portion of the left menu, showing some forum search, forums and groups, and active groups.
Alseyon.com was built as a community site, and the left menu has community-based items on it, such as who's online, a short-list of members, suggested friends, and opportunities to invite friends. Forums and groups are a big part of the community, and there's a quick list of links to them on the menu. These links are the same as the ones in the Mediumship & Spirituality Center. You'll see which groups are active, as well as suggestions for groups that you might want to join. The menu ends with a short comment and a link to the credits page. The team knew they had to bring in extra help in order to pull this job off right, so they went to flickr.com for help. Courtesy of flickr and Creative Commons licensing, they were able to get the supplies they needed to beautify the site and pick up the curb appeal.
Last but not least, in the upper right corner of the new site is the user menu. This appears after you log in. This is the desktop view, but the mobile is similar - the menu is on the 3-bar menu icon in the upper right corner of the top bar. Let's take a closer look at this screen shot of the desktop view.
From here, you can change your profile settings, see your friends list and friend requests, view messages and notifications. Forums and groups too.
One important note for users who had an account on the old blog or the old site - you'll need to create a new login for the new site.
And that concludes our quick tour of the new alseyon.com. There's more to the site than our tour covers, so you'll want to explore, set up your profile, join us, ask questions, and share your thoughts.