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    Lightbulb New site - would welcome your thoughts and ideas

    We have been working hard on a new educational site and will hopefully be releasing it soon. Any comments would be welcome on the design and useability (just the public pages - no need to sign up)

    Mathster - Maths worksheets and online mathematics assessments

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    Honestly, this would make me extremely nervous if I was a teacher. I see "Open Source CMS" and I immediately go into "okay, what are the security holes that I'm going to have to deal with?" Not just from the standpoint of hacking and retrieving customer information, but from the standpoint of students hacking the site and finding the answers and/or cheating in some other way. I'm not sure how things work in the UK, but in Ontario the education system is incredibly poor at keeping up to date with technology and I can personally attest to having seen attempts by administrators to curtail its use when students have used it in a legitimate and efficient manner.

    You also have to consider that some teachers are among the least tech-savvy people and would be somewhat likely to do something along the lines of preparing a lesson plan the night before on their laptops (which won't be password-protected, of course), remaining logged in, and bringing their laptops to school.

    I don't see how any of that sort of thing has been considered or addressed, and that would be my biggest concern...even before any design and "usability" issues.
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    The overall site design is great! I love the chalk board around the slider area. Being that I love graphics, I noticed that your logo is a legit, nicely made logo as well!

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    I checked out the site and I see that it looks like all the coding is being done in Mexico, Egypt and Indonesia, with deign from Pakistan and general help from Peru - it would seem to me that security issues may fall between the cracks when such a widely separated group, probably with multiple languages (both native and coding) are working together, as communication may not be as clear as it should be.

    I think if you are going to be charging for this service, there should be a clear indication of what kind of security features you have in place.

    That said, the actual graphic design is pretty good - with the exception that the homepage slider looks more like a popup than an in-page element. I was looking for a place to close it so I could see the content I assumed was underneath. Also, a functionality point more than a design one; I expected the starred feature sections to have links on the images as well as the "read more". I always like to give my visitors more than one way to find the content they are after.
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