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The social network myspace allowed customization of nearly every part of the profile page. Users could build their own profile pages with the help of html and css. This led to many pretty awful designs, because many users seemed to be overstrained by so much freedom. In the end the customization features are supposed to have caused the crisis of myspace. Many users changed to facebook with its clear and uniform design. See discussions here:

What are the reasons for the failure of myspace?

MySpace's UX induced death

The horrors of myspace

... and some general notes on customization in Jacob Nielsen's alertbox.

However, if you only allow to change the order of the sections in the profile and nothing else (like colors, backgrounds, borders, heights and widths of page elements), than you won't get the same problems like myspace. However, it can serve as an intimidating example: you obviously should not allow users to edit html or css.

I would rather suggest to allow dragging and dropping the sections in order to change their order. As far as I'm informed this is now possible in LinkedIn:

Some of the upgrades include in-line editing, a new sidebar for adding profile sections, higher-resolution photos and the capability to drag and drop profile sections so users can organize them according preference.

See also this article.

Edit: Here you can find it on youtube: "Rearrange the sections on your LinkedIn profile"

The social network myspace allowed customization of nearly every part of the profile page. Users could build their own profile pages with the help of html and css. This led to many pretty awful designs, because many users seemed to be overstrained by so much freedom. In the end the customization features are supposed to have caused the crisis of myspace. Many users changed to facebook with its clear and uniform design. See discussions here:

What are the reasons for the failure of myspace?

MySpace's UX induced death

The horrors of myspace

... and some general notes on customization in Jacob Nielsen's alertbox.

However, if you only allow to change the order of the sections in the profile and nothing else (like colors, backgrounds, borders, heights and widths of page elements), than you won't get the same problems like myspace. However, it can serve as an intimidating example: you obviously should not allow users to edit html or css.

I would rather suggest to allow dragging and dropping the sections in order to change their order. As far as I'm informed this is now possible in LinkedIn:

Some of the upgrades include in-line editing, a new sidebar for adding profile sections, higher-resolution photos and the capability to drag and drop profile sections so users can organize them according preference.

See also this article.

The social network myspace allowed customization of nearly every part of the profile page. Users could build their own profile pages with the help of html and css. This led to many pretty awful designs, because many users seemed to be overstrained by so much freedom. In the end the customization features are supposed to have caused the crisis of myspace. Many users changed to facebook with its clear and uniform design. See discussions here:

What are the reasons for the failure of myspace?

MySpace's UX induced death

The horrors of myspace

... and some general notes on customization in Jacob Nielsen's alertbox.

However, if you only allow to change the order of the sections in the profile and nothing else (like colors, backgrounds, borders, heights and widths of page elements), than you won't get the same problems like myspace. However, it can serve as an intimidating example: you obviously should not allow users to edit html or css.

I would rather suggest to allow dragging and dropping the sections in order to change their order. As far as I'm informed this is now possible in LinkedIn:

Some of the upgrades include in-line editing, a new sidebar for adding profile sections, higher-resolution photos and the capability to drag and drop profile sections so users can organize them according preference.

See also this article.

Edit: Here you can find it on youtube: "Rearrange the sections on your LinkedIn profile"

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The social network myspace allowed customization of nearly every part of the profile page. Users could build their own profile pages with the help of html and css. This led to many pretty awful designs, because many users seemed to be overstrained by so much freedom. In the end the customization features are supposed to have caused the crisis of myspace. Many users changed to facebook with its clear and uniform design. See discussions here:

What are the reasons for the failure of myspace?

MySpace's UX induced death

The horrors of myspace

... and some general notes on customization in Jacob Nielsen's alertbox.

However, if you only allow to change the order of the sections in the profile and nothing else (like colors, backgrounds, borders, heights and widths of page elements), than you won't get the same problems like myspace. However, it can serve as an intimidating example: you obviously should not allow users to edit html or css.

I would rather suggest to allow dragging and dropping the sections in order to change their order. As far as I'm informed this is now possible in LinkedIn:

Some of the upgrades include in-line editing, a new sidebar for adding profile sections, higher-resolution photos and the capability to drag and drop profile sections so users can organize them according preference.

See also this article.