Improved “Create Page” and User Profile Experience

Not every change we make at PBworks is a big one.  Sometimes, we just want to make incremental improvements.

This week, we release two enhancements that improve the overall polish and experience of the business product.

First, we improved the “Create Page” experience.  Previously, clicking the “Create Page” button brought you to a separate web page.  Now, clicking “Create Page” brings up a standard dialogue box.  We’ve also given you much more control over the page creation process.  Previously, if you wanted to create a wiki page in a particular folder, you had to navigate to the folder before initiating the page create.  Now, you can select the folder during the creation process.  In fact, you can even select the workspace in which the page will reside (though we will default you to the current workspace and folder).

Here’s a look at the new “Create Page”:

Second, we’ve improved User Profiles.  Our usability testing showed that many new users had trouble figuring out how to edit their user profile.  This wasn’t their fault; all the user profile actions were linked to from a dull block of identical-looking grey buttons.  Even if they found the “Edit Profile” button, finding the nearly identical “Save Profile” button was a usability nightmare.

Our improved user profile adds much more visual distinction between the different actions, and makes it very clear how to edit and save your profile.

Here’s the basic view:

And here’s the view after you click “Edit Profile”:

Watch for more such improvements in the months to come!

Published by Chris Yeh

Chris has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He has been a founder, founding employee, or seed investor in almost a dozen startups, including PBworks, and advises a wide array of startups ranging from network equipment makers to vertical search engines. He liked his investment in PBworks so much, he decided to join the company. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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