Community Website Design: Rules for The Banner


(Richard Millington) #1

https://www.feverbee.com/community-banners/

Community Website Design: Rules for The Banner

What do you notice about the following four communities?

….they all have terrible banners.

Most community banners today are doing more harm than good. They’re static monstrosities filling far too much real-estate with bland messaging trying to appeal to every member segment.

A banner is not a game-changer for any community, but it is a useful tool to drive the kind of behavior you need, help with the signal to noise problem, and set the tone for a community.

But banners come at a big cost, they push activity off the page. They make it harder for members to see who or what is new in the community. The bigger the banner, the greater the cost. Your banner comes at the direct expense of activity.

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(Lana Lee) #2

Thanks for the shout out about the Zuora Community @richard_millington! We’re looking into a possible redesign this year so all of this info is super helpful.


(Jeremy Meiss (jerdog)) #3

So this is pretty fantastic, and I love what you guys have done with your Discourse theme. Any chance you’ll share a construct of the theme? =)


(Richard Millington) #4

Hi Jeremy,

Probably not. Just a limit on our resources here.


(Sarah Hawk) #5

I can help here. Which aspects do you mean?
The ‘homepage’ stuff was done by @JoeBuhlig so you could talk to him about that. The rest was done by me and I’m happy to share (obv not the exact code but the process for replicating).

Edit: Just realised that you’re talking about the custom banner stuff, which was done after my time so I prob can’t help after all. It’s easy enough to do something similar though. Start a topic on Meta if you want to talk it through.