Teresa Ovalle

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Rationale for Mr. Bottles Site Map

on December 17, 2014

Three students chose the Mr. Bottles website as an assignment site to work for a number of our assignments. The site map and the rationale below are both related to the Mr. Bottles website assignment.

NOTE: The format changed when transferred to WordPress.

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Rationale for Site Map

1. Objective
To explain changes from current Mr. Bottles website layout to the suggest new wireframe.

2. Changes made

Currently, the mrbottles.com website is very cluttered and the navigation cues normally found on a website, such as the home button on clicked-in pages, are not easily found on this site. A description for each rearranged or new tab is listed below as they would be presented on the website.

a. About Us

1. Currently:

i. There is no About Us page. An About Us page should be clearly visible upon entrance to the site. First-time visitors, particularly, will want to know about the organization behind the website.

2. Changed:

i. The About Us tab will stand clearly at the top of the page. As the visitor hovers over the tab, a Contact Us tab will be available to the visitor, as well.

b. Find Your Bottle

1. Currently:

i. The left-hand navigation looks good as it clearly displays each different kind of bottle for the visitor to click, however, it takes the visitor a few seconds to realize the bottles he sees can be clicked on to learn more. This can be confusing.

2. Changed:

i. By adding a specific title, such as Find Your Bottle, the visitor is prompted to click the button to find his bottle. There are two options for this function:

1. The first option is to have the visitor click the Find Your Bottle button to open the icon of bottle choices (using the same icons that are currently being used).

2. The second option is to keep the left-hand navigation as is, but add Find Your Bottle title above the navigation icons to better assist the visitor.

d. Join the Fun

1. Currently:

i. Many interesting features are lost in two navigation bars at the top of the page (“Services” and “Of Interest”) that are not easily identifiable to the visitor. If the visitor isn’t prompted, he may not find what he is looking for in a timely manner and may become disinterested in the site.

2. Changed:

i. Using a title such as Join the Fun implies to the visitor that by clicking this tab, he is likely to find some interesting information about the club and its members.

ii. Under the Join the Fun tab, the visitor will find a list of events (Events), a (Bottle Talk) forum, postings from bottle collectors about their bottle collection adventures (The Hunt), an opportunity to list the visitor’s wish to find a particular bottle (Wish List) and a place to list the rarest or most unique bottles found by collectors (Hall of Fame).

e. Appraisals

1. Currently:

i. An appraisal tab can be found in two locations on the home page; one at the top and to the left of the screen and one hidden in a nondescript navigation bar at the top of the page. Neither of the appraisal icons are user-friendly once the visitor finds them and clicks on them.

ii. Once opened, there is very little information of use to the visitor. The images are of bottles found on eBay and most of the information is outdated.

2. Changed:

i. Under the Appraisals tab, the visitor will find links to How it Works, Link to eBay and Contact Us. Each link offers assistance to the visitor looking for an appraisal.

1. How it Works clearly describes to the visitor the appraisal process, so there is little to no doubt of the process.

2. A Link to eBay gives the visitor the link he needs to find other bottles like his to learn the current going rate.

3. A Contact Us tab gives the visitor an opportunity to contact Mr. Bottles with questions he has regarding this bottle. Also, by offering the Contact Us bottom within this group of tabs, the visitor does not have to search for the button – it is already visible.

f. Learn More

1. Current:

i. Many interesting features are lost in two navigation bars at the top of the page (“Services” and “Of Interest”) that are not easily identifiable to the visitor. If the visitor isn’t prompted, he may not find what he is looking for in a timely manner and become disinterested in the site.

2. Changed:

i. By using an interestingly title such as Learn More, the visitor is prompted to hover over or click the tab to see what features the link offers.”

1. The FAQ tab gives the visitor an opportunity to get some of his questions answered without having to scour the website to look for them.

2. The Articles tab gives the visitor the opportunity to read more about the club, Wisconsin bottles and a host of other information he may find interesting.

3. The Links tab offers the visitor an opportunity to click on several links that will help him find what he is looking for more quickly.

g. Services

1. Current:

i. Many interesting features are lost in two navigation bars at the top of the page (“Services” and “Of Interest”) that are not easily identifiable to the visitor. If the visitor isn’t prompted, he may not find what he is looking for in a timely manner and become disinterested in the site.

2. Changed:

i. The Services tab clearly illustrates to the visitor that there are services offered by this organization. By clicking the tab, the visitor can visit the Appraisal section, the Bottle Cleaning section, as well as contact the organization with questions, if need be.

h. Contact Us

1. Current:

i. There is a Contact Us link at the top of the home page, but finding the Contact Us or Home page while the visitor is clicked in a few pages can be more challenging.

2. Changed:

i. Ensure that the Contact Us link clearly visible on the home page, but also ensure that the Contact Us link is available on all pages to ensure the visitor is finding what he needs more quickly.

i. Search

1. No change:

i. The Search is clearly visible at the top of the home page.