A couple of weeks ago I attended an event called “Euratechnopolys day” in
I went there on foot (as usual) following Google Maps’ instructions but I ended up in the middle of nowhere. It took me around 30 minutes to find the place.
When I finally got there, I was warmly welcomed by some nice young people. There was a choice of workshops, one-to-one discussions, and other events providing advice on different areas of technology.
I met a number of techies there…
I first met Pierre who is an SEO consultant. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. Simply put, SEO involves how you should design your site and manage its content and what keywords you should use on different pages to be ranks higher in Google and other search engine results. Obviously If you appear at the top of the search results or at least on the first page, more people will visit your site and you’ll have more traffic. As MyEnglishWorld.org is a closed website and you have to log in in order to see the website content, it seems that the effect of SEO in promoting the website will be rather limited, In any case, Pierre suggested trying to advertise the website in other ways first and then start using SEO when we have around 1000 to 200 members. So, go ahead dear My English World members! Help make this website better known by telling other people about it and recommending it. For example, why not send the website’s link to the people on your contact list and tell them this is a website you like… You do like this website, don’t you? :-)
Next, I met Gauthier and Teddy.
Gauthier is an app developer (= he creates applications). He examined this website and told me that in his opinion having an app for the site is not a priority and we should perhaps concentrate on improving the website, so he called one of his colleagues, Teddy, and the three of us had a discussion for some minutes.
Teddy specialises on website design. He also likes gamification (= using games for teaching and other purposes), so he was interested in the website’s points award system and ranks. He liked the website design in general, but identified some problems. Firstly, that it hasn’t got a clear colour scheme (or colour palette). Secondly, that the design and colours are not perhaps fun enough. Thirdly, that the website menu system is not well-placed and easily viewable. And finally the fact that website needs a logo and visual identity. I think his observations are to the point, and when I have more time (and/or money) to invest, I’ll try to improve those aspects of our website’s design. In the meantime, as you may have already noticed, I have made some changes to the website’s colour scheme. What do you think of the new colour palette and the overall website design by the way?
I enjoyed the talks I had with Pierre, Gauthier and Eddy, and I learnt quite a bit from them.
As it was a sunny day, I then had a drink on a nearby café’s terrace and walked back to Lille to meet a friend.