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CC website redesign launched

Mike Linksvayer, April 28th, 2009

We just turned on the first big creativecommons.org site design changes since October 2007. If you’re reading in a feedreader and haven’t visited the main CC site in awhile, here’s a home page screenshot:

CC homepage screenshot

The blog (which of course you’re reading now) no longer dominates. Of course headlines from the main CC blog and from jurisdiction projects are still present on the home page, and you can always visit the main blog page or planet for the full blog experience.

Previously we made the CC wiki match the main site’s theme as closely as possible. That was a good idea at the time, but now that the world is more familiar with wikis, we’ve brought wiki tools and navigation to the fore. Here’s a screenshot of wiki navigation for a logged in user:

CC wiki screenshot

We’ve also made some incremental improvements to license deeds, consolidating important items that aren’t top level license properties under a “With the understanding that:” heading, see screenshot below:

CC BY-SA deed screenshot

Next steps include redesigns of the CC wiki main page, our international landing page, further improvements of the license chooser, and a rethinking of CC Search.

If you have ideas about how we could improve creativecommons.org sites, please leave a comment, file a bug, or even submit a patch. All of CC’s sites are built on free software and are themselves free software. Visit our code repository and a guide to where to find source code for the themes we use for WordPress, MediaWiki, and Drupal.

Congratulations on this redesign launch to Alex Roberts, our senior designer, with support from other staff, and suggestions and financial support from you. Thanks!

6 Responses to “CC website redesign launched”

  1. Sympodius says:

    That’s a really awesome job. The site is looking beautiful. I can’t wait to see what you do with the CC Search.

  2. Great concept and ideas. I would have a link to the blog at the top of the page, because it was hard for me to find down at the bottom of the site.
    Tom Troughton
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  3. rid says:

    nice design! keep up the great work!

  4. pfctdayelise says:

    Shiny! Although I think you really should be safe to use the word “blog” over the more mundane “news”.

    I like the new “with the understanding that” section in the license codes.

  5. Mexican says:

    Is this new theme on a CC license?

  6. Steren says:

    Nice work.
    Unfortunately the license deeds are not Xhtml valid any more ;).
    To correct this, just close properly the following xml element :

    (it should be )