FAQPal is a new social news website recently launched which aims to list the best Web Developer and Design tutorials from around the web. There are a few other existing sites providing this service on the web Designbump.com, DesignFloat.com, Dzone.com, so what will make FAQPal stand out from it’s competition.
FAQPal which is still in it’s infancy already claims around 3000 members sharing over 1100 tutorials and thus far the site’s content is pretty good with many interesting tutorials already available. We lost around an hour simply browsing and reading some of the posted tutorials whilst researching this article which is always a good sign.
The over all design of of FAQPal is clean to understand with a structure recognizable to anyone who has used a social news/bookmarking site previously. The submission vote buttons are the standard ones provided with Pligg and could do with a little spruce up and design change to further improve the sites look.
We decided to throw an idea out an make a vote button image for FAQpal that may look a little more integrated, below is a mock up of the site with a more suited button.
This is the vote button image.
One of the features we liked at FAQPal was the ability to easily tweet any interesting tutorials, as twitter is so popular nowadays this is a nice feature and should help bring in users to the site.
FAQPal also has a digg style toolbar when visiting external links, whether this is a good or bad thing is to be debated. A lot if digg users and website owners hated this feature when it was first introduced on the digg website, it was also claimed to damage SEO and back links to the linked sites. The jury is still out on these type of features for many. It’s also worth noting that the FAQPal toolbar does not let members vote for a story directly from the toolbar but it’s early days remember and we are pretty sure FAQpal wont have had the millions in funding that digg has received.
The FAQPal blog produces weekly top 10 list that adds a little more incentive for users to submit their own content. The 10 most popular tutorials of the week are then listed in a countdown. For example: Top tutorials week ending 05/02/09.
FAQPal’s other features are very much as you would expect from a Pligg based website, mebers can share, vote upon and save articles, for us though it’s not all about features it’s about content and FAQPal seems to be doing nice in that most important of factors so far.
Go check out FAQPal for yourself: faqpal.com