Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 13 months ago

#14686 assigned defect

Consolidate or de-emphasize our many download pages

Reported by: mikeperry Owned by: cypherpunks
Priority: High Milestone: WebsiteV3
Component: Webpages/Website Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-usability-stoppoint-website, uxsprint2015, bridgedb-ui, defer-new-website, ux-team
Cc: saint, dcf1, mcs, isis, sysrqb, isabela Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:

Description

During the UX Sprint, several of the users found alternate download pages other than download-easy, and became confused. If you search for Tor, download Tor, or Tor Browser, you get one of the following links:

https://www.torproject.org/download/download
https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html

Each of these has a different flow for downloading Tor Browser, and all but download-easy caused users to stop and become confused. I personally think https://www.torproject.org/download/download should simply redirect to download-easy, and the https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en page should remove the matrix and either behave like download-easy, or its download button should take the user to download-easy.

We will still need some place to put installation instructions, and the alpha downloads, but those should be broken off into different pages that replace the outdated mess in https://www.torproject.org/docs/documentation.html.en.

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Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by mikeperry

Keywords: uxsprint2015 added; ux removed

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by mcs

Cc: mcs added

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by dcf

A good start would be to change the redirect at https://www.torproject.org/download so it points to /download/download-easy.html instead of /download/download. "www.torproject.org/download" is what appears at the end of the animated user video, and it's also a nice one to remember.

comment:4 in reply to:  3 Changed 3 years ago by dcf

Replying to dcf:

A good start would be to change the redirect at https://www.torproject.org/download so it points to /download/download-easy.html instead of /download/download. "www.torproject.org/download" is what appears at the end of the animated user video, and it's also a nice one to remember.

See #15332.

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by isis

Cc: isis sysrqb added
Keywords: bridgedb-ui added

CCing myself and sysrqb because if something changes, it might break BridgeDB's instructions.

comment:6 in reply to:  description Changed 3 years ago by arma

Replying to mikeperry:

and the alpha downloads, but those should be broken off into different pages

I like the idea of a separate torbrowser-alpha page that just has a table for downloads. And then get rid of the table on the normal torbrowser page.

An alternative is to try to pack an "alpha (sig)" section onto download-easy, but I think that will cause it to not be easy anymore.

This said, if we do this and also get rid of the main download page, how will the users find this torbrowser-alpha page? On the main download page is a "Download unstable" link. Would adding that to download-easy make it uneasy?

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by wilbns

If a user is entering the query "download tor" into a search engine such as Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo, the first result is going to be: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en - on Google, it is the second result, with the first result being https://torproject.org/download.

Is there data that is available to review to see how many page views the easy download page is getting compared to the one all of the search engines are pointing to?

This may give better insight into which page should be at the center of the consolidation.

Thoughts?

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by arma

Cc: isabela added

comment:9 Changed 2 years ago by Sebastian

Keywords: defer-new-website added
Severity: Blocker

comment:10 Changed 2 years ago by Sebastian

Severity: BlockerNormal

whoops

comment:11 Changed 19 months ago by Sebastian

Owner: changed from Sebastian to cypherpunks
Status: newassigned

comment:12 Changed 13 months ago by hiro

Keywords: ux-team added
Milestone: WebsiteV3
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