I just say you should change its look with every new big version release.
Why? There is a lot to be said for familiarity. Personally, I don't like to have to learn to navigate a website that changes frequently.
Vl6 deserves a new website look,since that will be what the newcoming users will see before downloading it.
If they're new users checking us out before they download the ISO, the site will look new to them regardless of how long it's been the same.
I'm not saying the site couldn't be improved. I've seen far worse, though.
As for a link to the forum being hard to find, it's right there in the top left column under Main Menu. Maybe it would be a good idea to have a new section called Support right under the Main Menu section. It could include links to Support Forum and Documentation.
As always, it's a question of who's going to do the job. We certainly can't expect people already heavily involved (as volunteers, yet) to do even more.
if Vl-team is open to talk about the site, lest start a thread about it. If not, i wont continue in this thread,because its not about it. If we continue to argue, we wont achieve anything. When or if you decide to change its look,first look at other distros websites and try to compete with them.
If we have to put people's views, let them vote about the design, people that arent vector devs, you will see that they'll agree with me that zenwalk and many other distros have a better designed website. Simpler to navigate, with bigger links,that are found easily, with better colors and layout, better banner (i dont really care about the slogan,just the way it looks),better fonts too.Thats my point of view.I will not change it,but i will shut up about it. The curent VL website just looks old,as if it was made 5 or 6 years ago by enthusiasts...and its harder to navigate.I think who ever made it,made it for a 800x600 monitors. This forum's design looks better than it,and manages to pull out the Bluish look far better.Use its colors and design 1:1 and you wont lose. If you do, why not integrate it with main site,just as Wolvix did? Their website is superb at that.If its integrated the user will log in directly at the main page,se the latest posts from the main page,see latest packages at the repo in the main page... Thats what a main page should do- integrate with the flow of information and show the latest.If it does,people will visit it more oftenly and look at it.Not only newcoming users,but vl users. As it is now,i have the feeling that everybody just ignores the main page and visits only the forum.
Sabayon,zenwalk,wolvix,pclinuxos,...etc- thats the case with most distros out there,that are in the top of the charts(top20?) -they all try to show everything thats new at the main page and link to it. Wheter if its a forum post,users online,new pms in the inbox,last uploaded package,last uploaded picture,anything goes.Web2.0 is the way to go,i say. Not only admins, the whole comunity should affect whats going on the main page. Just look at wolvix's page with its sections and everything.Look at the other websites.Compete if you want to win.