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Reshma Kumar | 16 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

We recently redesigned the Code Signing section of the VeriSign Website. This was yet another step for our site in the migration to a more updated and improved user experience. The redesign utilizes a wider page layout which opens up the pages and makes it cleaner, clearer, and better maximizes the screen real estate. The information architecture, navigation, and content of the site were simplified and streamlined to improve the usability. The treatment and presentation of the content were improved upon for easier scanning and consumption. And, graphics and multimedia were incorporated to provide richer and more useful content along with a cooler, lighter, and fresher color palette.

And, in case you were wondering what code sign is,...

Reshma Kumar | 23 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

Internet Archive, the Wayback Machine, was recently in the news for the opening of a new data center to house its repository of archived Web sites. Wayback reportedly has three petabytes of archived sites in its massive database of 85 million sites dating back to 1996. The site allows you to go back in time to see what sites looked like at a snapshot in time. It is akin to looking at old, embarrassing photos of yourself. I decided to take this virtual stroll down memory lane in light of our upcoming homepage redesign and here is we looked in the early years. Note: some of the images on the pages are missing.

JUNE 1997: The Formative Years

Reshma Kumar | 11 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

As you navigate our VeriSign Website, you will notice that we are migrating away from our previous site design to a newer design. The previous site layout was narrower, left aligned, had a two-columnar page layout, and the local navigation was situated in the right channel.

In the redesign, we saw opportunities to open the site up, update the look and feel (LAF), and define the content areas more clearly. You'll notice from the new layout that we have increased the site width and centered it to better optimize the screen real estate. The header houses our logo, courtesy navigational links at the top right, search utility, and global navigation across the top in the VeriSign cranberry hue. The pages are a three-columnar format with clearly defined and traditional left navigation and right marketing channels. In the main content area, we have breadcrumb links for orientation, page titles, and a utlity navigation for bookmarking, emailing, and printing strategically positioned...

Reshma Kumar | 26 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

website_KM_v1.gifThe survey to gather external user input for the VeriSign homepage redesign has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided their feedback. This is very helpful to us in learning what works, what doesn't work, and what you would like to see on the VeriSign homepage.

We have parsed through the survey data and here are some of the top findings.

What You Like:

  • There is love for the VeriSign brand
  • Homepage is easy to use and user-friendly
  • It has a clean design

What You Want:

  • A little less content
  • Streamlined animation elements
  • Make it even cleaner and simpler

We are strong advocates of what's good for the user is good for VeriSign and are working to incorporate your feedback. We have gathered and analyzed a lot...

Reshma Kumar | 09 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

You may have noticed that we redesigned the utility navigation on the site back in the latter half of 2008. This is the navigation which appears at the top right of the content area of pages.

old-bookmark.jpgThe previous iteration of the utility nav was comprised of the standard 'print' and 'email' functionalities and the related icons were a flat gray. In the redesign, we added 'bookmarking' - but not your traditional Web 1.0, browser bookmarking functionality where users can save pages to their favorites; we opted to add social bookmarking or otherwise referred to as bookmarking 2.0 functionality. newbookmark.jpgThis allows users to not only add pages to their browser favorites; but, to also add and share on social bookmarking sites like Google,...

Reshma Kumar | 02 Feb 2009 | 0 comments

Homepage_Survey_0.gifWe are redesigning the VeriSign homepage domestically and internationally and as part of that process, would like to get your feedback! The goal of the redesign is to have the homepage better meet your needs - our customers. We are also looking at updating the look and feel, surface more relevant content, and make the page more navigable to help you get to what you need - easier and faster.

We have put together an anonymous survey so you can let us know what you think of the current homepage. Your input is valuable to us as we strive to continually make improvements aimed at better serving you. We encourage you to participate and provide your feedback as soon as possible to ensure...

Reshma Kumar | 30 Jan 2009 | 1 comment

We've just redesigned the Blogs landing page which serves as a directory listing of the blogs we have at VeriSign. You'll notice that the page is a lot more visual and utilizes a columnar layout in the content area getting more content above the fold and into your initial view for quick and easy access. We incorporated some cool headshots of our ace bloggers and branded RSS buttons for feed subscriptions. We are also utlizing some Web 2.0 design elements - in addition to the Web 2.0 functionality this page supports - like radial cornered edges, gradients, larger fonts, social bookmarking utlity navigation, and lots of white space to achieve a clean, clear, and current design. Now, we just need to redesign our blogs :)! Check it out and let us know what you think: