I am about to launch my site. I am not a professional programmer. I am a doctor who likes to code. The site will be aimed at fellow doctors in my speciality and takes the form of a social network combined with a specialist questions and answers section. I have been so close to this thing for months that I have lost perspective. I had a friend login and the immediate reaction was that I needed some sort of basic tour to explain how to get around.
I am not completely sure how to implement this. Many sites have animated tour type sections (loaded with JQuery). I'm not sure if the best approach - simple blurb or animated tour of the site. Is this even necessary?
Your thoughts are appreciated.