As you might have noticed lately, I have been tweaking the RF Cafe template. In keeping with RF Cafe's emphasis on streamlined efficiency, I am experimenting with how to present the maximum amount of information in the smallest amount of space, particularly in the common top border area. The use of fold-out menus is being avoided because they greatly increase the page file size (and therefore load time), and differences between browser versions still create problems. It is nice to see as much as possible of what is available without having to expose menus or jump around to a lot of different pages.
One major change is to reduce the number of cycling advertiser logos from six to four. Since advertisers are the primary source of income to pay for RF Cafe, it is important to provide them as much coverage as possible, so the reduction might not be too popular amongst them. However, my philosophy is that if page hits are increased because visitors are more pleased with the faster loading pages and less commercial clutter, then they are better off overall (or at least no worse off). Of course, your visiting the advertisers website, buying books from Amazon, and purchasing my ridiculously low-cost software would really help matters, too.
Instead of a menu system or a really tall common page header, I will be redesigning the Site Map to be more user-friendly. It will attempt to categorize the various areas of RF Cafe to make navigation easier. Having all the major website content listings on a single page will be more efficient overall than bothering with menus which only allow viewing a small portion of available content on each menu. It also avoids the frustration of not finding information in a menu where you, the user, thinks it logically belongs.
Please feel free to submit suggestions. After all, RF Cafe is here for your benefit (although I use it throughout every day at work myself). Thanks for your participation.