Home page: should have a brief block introducing the site and its background. In the new design, we would like various "pods" that offer articles to explore. Much like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Possible "pods" will be: featured articles, blog post/announcements, trending popular articles, in the news, images from je, recent comments.
Search/Directory page: Currently there are two ways to explore/search for content. Via the directory interface (i.e. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/d…p?letter=u or click on the a-z links at the top left) and via the search function (i.e. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/s…earchOpt=0. The design of this page should be thought through as to what the search results should look like, what potentially could be provided on the right, what could possibly be shown on the mouse over of a search result (see google results mouse over).
Article page: Probably the most important page. Article pages have various distinct pieces: title, table of contents, author, images, bibliography, and we have whole page scans of the originals volumes. This along with ads should be well formed together. See example of a comprehensive article: http://jewishencyclopedia.heroku.co…ted-states.