First of all, congratulations on getting the concept off the ground. You’ve got a big task ahead of you. Lets pretend this is a focused critique thread (without the attachments):
The splash page should be about navigating the rest of the site. Take a look at
for an example of some successful sites. What do you see?
First, notice the large visual of something current. Eyecatching, isn’t it? Then, notice the links to content, or content areas. Those are pretty eyecatching, too.
Let’s look at blenderheads.com: the closest thing to a visual is the overly large link to BlenderNation. Which is rather redundant, since the “News” tab also links to BlenderNation. What is this, an alternate splash screen for BlenderNation? My point is: no pictures. WTF! Blender is all about images. We are visual artists, visual people. Confronted with a screen full of text.
And what is the text about? Pleas and promisses from the team. Sorry to sound harsh, but get over yourselves. People who put themselves on their own front pages start vanity blogs, not services. If you want to be in service to the community, you have got to look at everything you do from an outside viewpoint.
Onward. I use Firefox, which I think is a pretty popular browser among the I-hate-Microsoft crowd (a large part of your audience, btw) and have an extension which blocks java scripts, as part of my computer protection strategy. Can you see where this is going? Much of your site uses java script to work properly. I have the option to turn off the blocking, if I’m on a site I trust. So what do I see when I press the button to unblock BlenderHeads.com?
temporarily allow made2destroy.net
I’m supposed to trust somebody who claims to be BlenderHeads when they are actually made2destroy? You’re raising all kinds of red flags here.
There are other sites, which you are aware of, which have tried to do what you are attempting. How do you plan to be different? What is the benefit to me of posting a tutorial at BlenderHeads, rather than on BlenderWiki? Or at BlenderArtists, for that matter, where I’ve already got one?
I’m not going to tell you how to do it. It’s your site. But you do need to do some serious thinking about these questions and come up with some good answers, or consign yourselves to struggling with it on your own for a good while, and ending up as another also ran.