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Blogs An update on the redesign

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 20 Apr 2010.

  1. leslie

    leslie Just me!

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    Way too busy.
     
  2. jezmck

    jezmck Well-Known Member

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    Looks great to me, though I am seeing a layout issue on forum the while using the fixed width:
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  3. Hugo

    Hugo Ex-TrustedReviews Staff

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    FFS Alex et al, the new site is too different - change it back.
     
  4. NickCPC

    NickCPC Member

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    Do you honestly think that if you keep saying "change it back" it will magically reappear in the old state? If I facepalmed every time I saw this comment, my hand would currently be resting on the back of my skull. If you're that bothered by it, vote with your feet and just don't visit the site any more :S
     
  5. Steve-O-

    Steve-O- New Member

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    One thing I really hated about the last design was the ads outside of the site contraints. I would always end up clicking out there and be takin to some advertisers site. So if you were making money off of hits, you can thank me. :p
     
  6. tank_rider

    tank_rider New Member

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    It took me a few seconds to adjust to the new layout but generally I think it's a good step, I'd found that if I didn't visit the site every other day then I'd miss content that had moved off the front page already.
     
  7. Moriquendi

    Moriquendi Bit Tech Biker

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    +1 for mobile page, I'm not too bothered with having a mobile app but a mobile formatted page would be great and avoid the problem of having to write different apps for different OSs or risk alienating people.

    Moriquendi
     
  8. ffjason

    ffjason New Member

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    Ctrl + it and you'll be fine.


    Also +1 for Mobile Android version :)
     
  9. Blademrk

    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    I think Hugo's just pulling your leg ;)
     
  10. Hugo

    Hugo Ex-TrustedReviews Staff

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    I'd hope they all know not to take anyone from TR seriously :p
     
  11. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    A variable-width setting can't be that hard to add. Slashdot, Hexus and Wikipedia, for example, all have multiple variable width columns that work perfectly well. At the moment, actual content takes up a stunning small fraction of the screen:

    Image links removed. Please check that your image host does not feel the need to include porn advert banners next time... :rolleyes: --Nexxo

    Even just an option to turn off/hide/minimise the tag-cloud/recent posts/what we're reading sidebar nonsense would at least widen things up a bit for reading the actual articles.
     
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  12. earlydoors

    earlydoors Member

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    First impressions are that it's better, I see more articles and the site looks less dated - good job.
     
  13. Jaguar_Infinity

    Jaguar_Infinity Just some guy

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    I like the new design in general except for the fact that when reading the content / articles what i am trying to read is not even half the width of the site. I can understand catering for various monitor res but to have the article taking up less than half the screen/site width? Surely the main point of the site is the content and that should be taking the majority of the space not the lesser amount. Plus it just makes it look crowded with the article crammed in.

    Just my opinion tho, in general good work!
     
  14. WARHAMSTER

    WARHAMSTER New Member

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    I like it, nice and modern. There is a lot of info on screen but it becomes clearer quite quickly.
     
  15. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    Thanks for the update :)
    And a mobile version would be great, though I would stay away from an app, sites are just so much more flexible, I can have loads of tabs open etc.

    One (small) thing - would it be possible to make as much of the top bar (where the logo is) that isn't advert a link to the homepage? I used to use that all the time, but it is just a little link on the left now!

    edit: wrt the mobile version - I had been used to it on my Touch Diamond but now trying it on me Milestone the main site actually doesn't work badly. It is perfectly usable.
     
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  16. Rozzy

    Rozzy I'll get there :P

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    I really like the new site, I got a little lost and confused the first couple of times I used it but I've soon got used to it. I think it's a definite improvement especially if it means the content is easier to find.

    I do view bit-tech a lot on my iPhone though so the idea of a mobile site or an app would be perfect for me. I think an app would be very good, not including the forums but the main site, that would be amazing but understandably wouldn't cater for a large portion of readers. A generalised mobile site would be very good too though; as long as the look were to be kept the same and the functionality were still there.

    Websites like msn.com and such like where it is a very basic mobile design can just be annoying and there's often no way to revert to a desktop view. As long as there is the option to return to a normal desktop view and the mobile version is still aesthetically pleasing, I'd love to see a mobile version of the site.

    Hope that doesn't sound picky :p I'm sure you guys will get it right!
     
  17. WinMacLin

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    The content is to narrow. Lost me as a reader.

    Removed from bookmarks due to poor design. And this isn't a case of 'oh he must not like change at all' because Anandtech just redesigned their site and I like that. That is a step in the right direction, this however this just looks stupid.

    I mean seriously I'm writing a comment to an article that is taking up 30% of the width of the page. I don't know how any of you ever thought this was good. Looks more like a twitter page now with the width of the articles like this one.
     
  18. HorseFeathers

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    Don't let the door hit you on the way out :thumb:
     
  19. FelixTech

    FelixTech Robot

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    I think some pagination on the blog comments would be a nice addition :p

    I do find it a bit on the high-contrast side, if your copying the beeb they have grey text and grey sides. It it better on a widescreen monitor after CTRL + + -ing a few times
     
  20. popcornuk1983

    popcornuk1983 Cake or Death?

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    Still like the new design and the site is quicker to load.

    However it's really starting to annoy me that the 3rd column takes up so much bloody room when it's showing almost nothing of interest. Everything in the other 2 columns feels a bit squashed and that's where the meat of the content is. Pretty please change this with a cherry on top :)
     
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