Exposing musescore.org to (first time) users
While the development of MuseScore started in 2002 by the project lead Werner Schweer, it was only after the launch of musescore.org that the developer and user community around MuseScore really started to grow. To be more specific, that was in September 2008. Today, little more than 2 years later, musescore.org is a vibrant community website with more than 10,000 registered users. Having our website translated in 31 languages(!), we see users from all over the world. Since the start, musescore.org received 1,575,635 visits from 219 countries.
Since a couple of months now, MuseScore has been growing rapidly with factor 3. The download statistics show this:
However, we don't see the usage of musescore.org growing with the same factor. Instead, we see more users asking questions on many forums, social media websites and more. Most of the questions come from first time users who don't know about the existence of musescore.org. A pity since all their questions are already answered in the handbook, forum or video tutorials.
Best anecdote to illustrate this came from a Spanish user. He said that "I didn't know about musescore.org until I met you guys, I simply didn't expect free software to have a decent website". Yet, when you start MuseScore and see the splash screen, it features musescore.org. But that seems to be far from sufficient to communicate about our website.
So I would like to propose some things we can try out:
- For users who start MuseScore for the first time, the http://musescore.org website can be opened automatically as well in case there is internet connection. The webpage opened is a landing page which can guide the user.
- MuseScore presents by default a dialog window to guide the user: start new score from template (selection) or from scratch, open previously opened score (5 latest ones are presented), read the handbook, watch the video tutorials, ...
Feel free to add more ideas.