:-) Worse is the typo in the URL. Here`s the correct link:
First of all, your index page title is so long, it`s like...a
documentary unto itself! Keep your page titles short enough to read,
but with some real meaning. So "John Locker: The Smartest Free
Documentaries" would be sufficient.
I went to the Search page and typed in "bees." There were no results.
However, instead of just telling me that, why not include on that page,
"Search again?" the query form right there, so I can indeed search again.
I did the same with "birds" and figured this isn`t really a learning
site, it`s something else. So I figured...let me go back to the home
page and find out. I see there`s no "About" page, so no idea why it`s
called "John Locker." But...I thought I`d persevere, being a
stick-to-it kinda guy. :-D
I clicked the "Categories" page, and instead of seeing a text-based
list of categories, perhaps nicely alphabetized, all I saw was the same
thing as the home page.
All in all, if I were trying to learn something, I`d start with
Wikipedia, then probably go to YouTube. There`s nothing compelling on
this site that would fire me up and convince me to include it as a
permanent resource in my syllabus.
I think what would make a whole lot of sense would be an introductory
content area, no more than about 4 paragraphs on the main landing page.
You already have your Categories along the left margin, and that`s
fine. The key, here, is going to be the search engine.
There should be another "search" box, directly on the main page. Maybe
below the User Login or perhaps move that to a less prominent location.
You could put the login off on the margin, and the Search right at the
top. (The "Search in:" isn`t aligned correctly, coming to the right of
the last form field. I think you`re missing a paragraph return.)
Additionally, you might want some indexing tags along with the
comments. At the least, you could use them to categorize the
videos---in more than one category. They`d also be handy for
subcategories and other such things.
I`d like to see more information about the length of the video, and
perhaps a way to quickly email a video to someone by URL as an embedded
All in all, it`s a good idea, and the site looks nice. I understood how
to get around the place; it`s only that I don`t see it capturing its
niche just yet. I`m not quite sure what a "smart" documentary is: How
is it different from a "dumb" documentary?