The PHPClasses site created a Web Design 2.0 contest on which the site users were on the center of all decisions to pick a new design for the site.
The users proposed new designs for the site, the users to tried the proposed the designs in real pages, and the users voted on their favorite proposal to be the official design of the site. The contest winner design was just launched.
Online PR News – 31-March-2010 – – The PHPClasses site is a very popular site among the community of PHP professional developers. There they find thousands of ready to use PHP components shared by other developers, allowing them to develop their Web sites faster.
Over its 10 years of existence, the PHP Classes site design did not change significantly. Some of its near 900,000 registered users did not like the site design for being too outdated.
Instead of hiring specific Web designer, the site opted to follow the Web Design 2.0 approach - User Generated Web Site Design. It was organized a contest on which the users can propose a new design for the site and vote on the best proposal. The most voted proposal is adopted by the site.
The goal of this contest is to switch to a new design that has the preference of the majority of the users that care for a better look and feel, thus avoiding the risk of significant design rejection from the site users.
The site design proposal and submission took over 14 months of development. It allows the Web designers to submit new design proposals and immediately preview how it will look like in real pages of the site.
The PHPClasses site offered a money prize of USD $3,000.00 to the winner of the contest, among other valuable prizes supplied by sponsors like Microsoft, O'Reilly Media, Packt Publishing, Apress and Manning Publications.
Of over 600 designers that tried the design submission system, 34 designers submitted Web site design proposals for voting. The two finalists that moved on to the second turn gave an interview to debate the pros and cons of this innovative way to design Web sites that please the majority of their users.