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Design and Web team summary – 29 July 2022

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The Web and design team at Canonical runs in two-week iterations building and maintaining all of the Canonical websites and product web interfaces. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work from this iteration.

Sites

The Web team develops and maintains most of Canonical’s sites like ubuntu.com, canonical.com and more. 

We moved the Press Centre section of https://ubuntu.com/blog to https://canonical.com/press-centre permanently as part of the work of rebranding Canonical. All blogs across Canonical are also currently displayed on https://canonical.com/blog.

Marketplace

The Marketplace team works closely with the Store, Snapcraft, Snapd and Desktop teams to develop and maintain the Snap Store and Charmhub.

Store Alignment

We have been working on documenting the differences and similarities between Snapcraft.io and Charmhub.io.
For many of the features, we highlighted the inconsistencies and agreed on the direction to go for more store alignment. We also agreed on the next steps to make progress on unifying the flows and code when relevant.
That is still in progress.

User research

The User Research team works with the design and product management, to provide insights into our users’ needs and tools for teams to conduct their own research. 

Iteration on the UA subscribe view

The UA subscribe view is where you can select and purchase your UA subscription from the website. We have tested the latest version of the design, giving our users challenges to complete by subscribing to the optimal plan for each scenario. We found that users understood our new designs and could purchase their desired products. We got some actionable feedback like revisiting the order of the steps, and the UX team will work on making sure users are presented with a clearer distinction for their choices for security coverage and support.

Systems

This is a new squad to design and maintain the systems supporting the wider team. This includes hosting infrastructure, central modules and development tooling as well as designing the development process and supporting the team’s knowledge base.

Server guide PDF

Historically, we provided a server guide in PDF form, which used to be automatically built from the live server documentation. For a while now this has been broken, and we just managed to find the time to fix it. This required a complete rewrite.

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