Etc.

If you would, take a peek at a little something we’ve been working on and give us your feedback. We think we’re close, but we want to make sure it passes muster with you all for usability and such.

Answers to questions:

-Will there a blue version?  Yes, but it is still very much a work in progress.

-Will there be a wide version?  Yes, but it may take a little longer to implement.  I’m thinking of making it a little less wide than our current wide template, so it’s more broadly usable.  Personally I would use a wide template if it weren’t quite so extreme.

-Where did the scrolly news go?  Lesson learned here.  We thought our present scrolly front page might be a nice change, but it has hurt us, frankly.  We need to have more of our marquee content indexed on the front page of the site.

-Can I get the scrolly news if I want it?  Yes, we already have a news page template in the works.  We’re considering some kind of switchable cookie to allow the front page to morph into a scrolly news page if you wish, but that won’t likely be a first-release feature.

-We fear change.  We apologize for putting you through it, but we hope to improve the site for our total readership in some important ways.  We need this change in order to accomplish some important goals, like survival.  Also, we have tried to incorporate some of the most cherished elements of our past designs in this new look. We think perhaps it may be a useful improvement once it becomes familiar to folks.

Also:

We’re not finished with this layout yet.  Now is the time when we can address your concerns, so if you have them, please let us know.  Thanks.

Comments closed
    • jstern
    • 9 years ago

    I suggest that when we click on a new link, that it opens it on a new tab, and not on the same page.

    • jstern
    • 9 years ago

    I like it, it still has that techreport feeling. So many websites that I used to go to a lot have completely redone their website, and it loses everything you liked about it in the 1st place. For example, gamepro, though I hated it, I felt more comfortable navigating there, until they completely redesign it and made a cluttered mess.

    But one of the most annoying sites is youtube, with it’s constant changes. As soon as you get used to something, they change it, just for the sake of changing it, and that’s extremely annoying. It’s like whoever is in charge of the changes needs to keep a paycheck coming, so they have to do stuff and look busy. I HATE IT, because it’s never for the best. I used to for example, I used like to read the video description on the right of the video, but they put it below it, and you have to navigate away to read it. But so many little annoying changes.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    I’d like to make a suggestion. A link to your front page profile to see replies. Once something is off the front page, its incredibly hard to see if people are still commenting.

    • fredsnotdead
    • 9 years ago

    I’m finding it a little harder to read than the current version. I think it’s the light text on dark background that causes the problem. Also, I have grown to like the “scrolly news,” although at first I didn’t like the change from the previous version.
    l[

    • Nitrodist
    • 9 years ago

    And I just got used to the new page….

    • Jon
    • 9 years ago

    Can you make a mobile optimized version of your site. Kind of like how WordPress renders sites on mobile devices. I mean, it’s and all browsing your site with a billion flash adverts but my mobile device can’t handle the processing power needed to speedily render your site, it renders it, but it’s super slow.

    Mobile internet devices are picking up steam, it’s time to catch up guys.

    • donkeycrock
    • 9 years ago

    I’ve been reading this site for 8 years plus or minus(memory laps). I dont mind all the changes, I didnt like them at first, but now i dont really care. I rarely come to the site any more. Not because i dont like, I do.
    But all i use is Google RSS reader.

    My suggestion is to make the RSS portion of this site better. Maybe pictures, and or the entire article. Without having to go to the site.

    Keep up the great News.
    Cheers!

      • BenBasson
      • 9 years ago

      I too would like to see some RSS improvements; though not quite what you have in mind.

      I’d like a separate RSS feed (or tag) for shortbread – as these are the only feed items I really want in my inbox. I leave the longer articles for browsing at my leisure (and prefer to visit the site to do so).

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    I think it’s pretty good. You have my signal.

    • danny e.
    • 9 years ago

    the best part is the curves.

    i think some of you must have the brightness & contrast on your monitors cranked too high.

      • danny e.
      • 9 years ago

      we are the toronto public! we want to shop!

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    *sigh* I wish websites would learn how to have their site dynamically change width with the browser window size.

      • shakyone
      • 9 years ago

      I also vote for the liquid web page characteristic. It should just be a feature. It makes a big difference.

      I would also bump up the font size, or bold the entries under “Most read/Top discussion topics/Hot forum threads.” Additionally change the color. Yellow on blue works well, though yellow doesn’t really work with your schema. The grey on blue is actually hard to read, not enough text on background contrast for my laptop. Works for my 28 inch screen though.

      I think the liquid type of resize would make a lot of it better for any size screen. See here:

      [http://www.mardiros.net/liquid-design.html]

      for an example. Squish it up. The columns should have a min size…

      Keep your forum/reply system, it is very well done.

      Yes I do like the website, very much. TR is a 2-3 times a day stop for me, and the resizeing would be quite a nice. Upgrades to the RSS would also make a huge difference. I use Doggcatcher on my Android phone, and get the headlines. The pictures/articles would be awesome too. The feed from MaximumPC shows up really well, if you need an example for that too. Yes, I still visit MPC, in addition to viewing the articles on my phone.

      Keep up the great work.

    • Prospero424
    • 9 years ago

    Well, the only big thing that sticks out for me are the curved frames/window borders/headers. They are utterly hideous and really break up the flow of the page design. Bad, bad, BAD.

    Otherwise, some of the other changes are quite nice.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    I would focus some work on a mobile-based site. I stopped visiting front page as much (mobile-wise) because there are better sites mobile oriented.

    The redesign is fine. I’m going to “customize” and rearrange the site anywayg{<.<}g

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    For what it’s worth, I think Ars Technica’s latest redesign is really good. I’ve read them since they had a scrolly blog style like TR does now (and did back then), and it’s the first redesign of theirs that I took to right away.

    I like their current implementation of scrolly goodness, and they’ve also got a good marquee thingy to show their feature stories, plus a logo for their feature stories in the news area that makes them visually stand out.

    Plus it’s nice that they’ve got an option for the old-school black-and-orange. 😛

      • RickyTick
      • 9 years ago

      It looks a lot like RodneyReynolds.com. I like the blacks and greys together.

    • cynan
    • 9 years ago

    I like it. Looks like a definite improvement. I prefer having just the headlines on the front page. Makes getting at recent news more efficient.

    And I won’t be too disappointed to see the beige background go (yes I know there is the current option to switch to blue, but this involves having white text, which though looks better esthetically, is slightly harder on the eyes when reading).

    I think the blue version of the new page looks really sharp, but, ergonomically, the black on white might be slightly better.

    The one thing that I don’t love is how the blue border transitions to off-white near the top of the page. Why not keep this blue all the way down as it is currently? But again, purely esthetics and no big deal.

    </my2¢>

    • NeXus 6
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah, I thought the change to scrolly news made the site look too much like a blog and I tended to ignore many of the stories because it’s more work to find information. IMO, having to scroll through page after page looking for something gets old.

    The new design isn’t bad, but I don’t like the curves. However, it does give the site some uniqueness, which might be a good thing.

    The layout is much better and I’d keep it. It doesn’t look too busy and that should help keep people on the site longer.

    All in all good work.

    • digitalnut
    • 9 years ago

    I like the new design. Colors look good. I like the black text on white. The top text on blue looks a little thin on my monitor (24″ Dell 2408WFP)

    – Dates (in a small font) on the Feature Articles and News would be very helpful. I use them when I haven’t visited the site for a few days.

    -Maybe have links on the words “Feature Articles” and “News”. Clicking on Feature Articles, could go to a page that has top rated articles, plus the latest articles, maybe a section for articles such as TR’s System Guide. News can go to a scrollable list sorted by the latest news.

    • green
    • 9 years ago

    … need to be more distinctive… look a bit much like:
    §[<http://www.bit-tech.net/<]§

      • sydbot
      • 9 years ago

      The resemblance is rather eerie, although BT pulls it together much better. That said, Bit-Tech’s redesign to their current layout cut my visits by at least half – I thought it was a step in the wrong direction.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Terrible non-use and overuse of whitespaceg{<.<}g

    • Damage
    • 9 years ago

    Ok, pretty clear the contrast was too high between the blue and white in the mockup we shared. We’re dialing back the blue to lower the contrast on the page. Here’s our latest mock:

    §[<http://fredded.eu/tr/newtr0.108.png<]§

      • LawrenceofArabia
      • 9 years ago

      Much more readable that way.

      • sydbot
      • 9 years ago

      Better, but still very contrasty. I tend to flick my eyes up and down the screen, which unfortunately means blue background to white too quickly. I can feel my eyes straining compared to TR Classic. Light gray or beige sample?

      Also, count me as a fan of the scrolly news, so try to work it in – liked it since I started visiting the site 10ish years ago. Having exceptional review quality helps too.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      Still too bright.

        • WasF
        • 9 years ago

        +111111111111111111111111

        • Jambe
        • 9 years ago

        +9,000

        Too much white, you guys. Too. Much. White.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Two thirds of the page are still pure white. Can you simply make it another colour? For example, not white.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      maybe extend the background top blue to white gradient further down? dunno

        • ShadowTiger
        • 9 years ago

        Is there a reason why you are using the gradient to white? I think it would look better as a solid blue color. Also, the white bars on the sides are kind of annoying (1080p here), at least match their color to your white from the gradient. Also consider making the side bars blue.

        I only use at a glance so the general format is great… i think i will get used to the colors over time so its hard to give criticism.

      • DrCR
      • 9 years ago

      Text is too light! Background too light. Rather than lightening the text, darken the background. That’s my two cents anyway

    • normalicy
    • 9 years ago

    Part of the reason I left a few other computer news sites was the shift to topic based front pages. Just doesn’t flow for me (don’t want to click on each new piece of news). Hope you keep the option to just scroll the news. Also, keep the blue option for sure.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 9 years ago

    Simple question (btw, I think it looks pretty good)

    You allow comments on your polls. Could you have a link to those comments with the poll the way you have with your news threads and blog posts? It’s kind of hard to navigate to.

    • isaacg
    • 9 years ago

    I never use the front page (just click links from my RSS reader) so I don’t really care. It would be nice to see a mocked up article/comment page though.

    From a quick comparison the new design does seem less confusing. And I imagine it will save you a good bit of bandwidth (if that’s even a concern now days). Not really a fan of the curved header graphics.

    • LovermanOwens
    • 9 years ago

    The new site looks nice. Keep up the good work.

    • End User
    • 9 years ago

    As an iPad user I would love to have scrolling functionality for the Feature Articles and News sections throughout the site.

    • LawrenceofArabia
    • 9 years ago

    Mildly sad to see the scrolly news go, but there were plenty of times I didn’t realize there was a new article out because the news was taking up all the glory on the front page, and that shouldn’t happen.

    On the color end of things, the black on stark white seems very harsh to read coming from the current tan. The blue works much better. Had you tried bringing the tan to the new layout?

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 9 years ago

    As much as I hate change, the new site looks fine to me. I think the system guide and podcast could be separated in order to clarify that the two are separate products. Arranging them vertically would do this.

    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    Don’t make it too wide. I like to keep my browser at about half the size of the screen.

    • leor
    • 9 years ago

    That middle section kind of has that jukebox from fallout 3 feel . . .

    The layout has the information you need to present, but I don’t think the royal blue/white combination is working. It’s too extreme and lacks nuance. Also due to its high contrast the links above the white section (which have less contrast) are getting a bit lost.

    I would suggest toning down the royal blue to the standard TR blue (as sick as you guys might be of that color, the readership seems to really like it, and it solidifies your brand). Change the white to more of a silver/grey, and add a more prominent 3rd contrast color (maybe yellowish orange?) to pick out the major features you want to draw attention to.

      • FireGryphon
      • 9 years ago

      The only other contrasting color that TR uses is the red in the podcast logo. That red could be the color, but orange would be nice, and it’d make it feel like the ugly Newegg logo in the system guide belongs there.

      • Left_SHifted
      • 9 years ago

      Guys please keep the current shade of blue/purple, don’t facebookize the site, please please please, and i like the new blue version as well.

      The rest of the site, i welcome the change specially as it is geared towards bringing more usability to the site.

    • Fragnificent
    • 9 years ago

    Edit: Also, one of the main reasons I came here at all was it was easy on the eyes, with the dark colors. Now it’s bright white…bleh. I likely won’t come here much any more if I have to stare at my flourescent backlighting.

      • Kharnellius
      • 9 years ago

      Good job reading the entire post.

      §[<https://techreport.com/new/blue0.01.png<]§

        • FireGryphon
        • 9 years ago

        The blue theme is a saving grace. It’s pleasant to stare at TR’s soothing blue.

          • FireGryphon
          • 9 years ago

          On second thought, the blues in the new theme may be too rich to be pleasing at which to look (my, that sounds awkward). It’s certainly eye-catching, but it’s very different from the earth-tone blues in the current theme.

    • thesmileman
    • 9 years ago

    Curves in a website design? I know we all like to party like its 1999 but really do our websites need to as well?

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      They want to look like the Software BIOS controls they lament about constantlyg{<.<}g

      • Jambe
      • 9 years ago

      This. Nobody likes jagged pixels, and that new design has them aplenty. Also looks like it’s wasting vertical real estate.

      I *[

        • NeXus 6
        • 9 years ago

        You’re right about there being too much information, but it’s basically what they had before the current design and for me it was easier choose what I wanted to read rather than scrolling to find it.

        Three column layouts always look a bit busy, so if they decide to stick with it they should have less information listed. IMO, it doesn’t look that bad, but I can see a high bounce rate from people with short attention spans because there’s too many things to click. If the ads are paying per click, this will lessen revenue.

        • BenBasson
        • 9 years ago

        It’s not even done with GIFs… I’ll just add my vote for alpha-blended PNGs here and now, screw IE6.

    • eternalmatt
    • 9 years ago

    /ataglance.x is what I have bookmarked because I can’t stand the current version. You can change the front page, but PLEASE keep ataglance.x

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Is the rationale for the re-design SEO?

    • Da_Boss
    • 9 years ago

    It instantly reminds me of AOL, circa 1996.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really don’t like it.

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 9 years ago

    not a fan at all. are you sure it’s your webdesign and not other things that are hurting you like a bad economy which hurts advertising?

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Meh. Keep the current page as an option and I’ll be happy.

    I’d like to second the request for an overhaul of the article comments, especially with regards to getting a killfile.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    I’m not a fan. It looks candy coated. I don’t like not having at least a preview of the news post. I like seeing who made the last comment on all posts, not just the ‘featured’ article. To be honest, I don’t really read your reviews anymore because I don’t build my own PC’s much anymore. I come for the news, the blogs, the insight and the community much more than the numbers. This makes me feel like the community is being put second place to revenue and click throughs. I dunno. Just not a fan.

    • spigzone
    • 9 years ago

    ‘What’s Hot’ = watching paint dry. Talk about a misnamed section. And misplaced section, it TAKES UP THE ENTIRE FIRST SCREEN and it just BEGS to be checked … what … once a week or so. IT ONLY HAS FOUR ARTICLES IN IT …. and RIGHT NOW the oldest of those articles dates to … … * NOV 30 * … … ???

    BREADBOX/SHORTBREAD is your BIG DRAW. Why doesn’t it have top billing? Why doesn’t it have it’s own section at the top of the main page? THAT’s the section that totally changes daily and is the REASON to come to your site daily and spend some time there.

    Your PRIMARY ASSET IS YOUR AGGREGATOR FORMULA

    Right now a first timer to the site has a good chance of never even knowing Shortbread exists because it BURIED down the page. Sometimes it is PUSHED COMPLETELY OUT OF THE ITEM LIMITED BOX IT RESIDES IN.

    ??? WTF ??? were you thinking???

    I ASSUME you’re looking for NEW MEAT???

    How about you showcase your best asset instead of hiding it away?

    The space currently occupied by the picture of the top story is where Breadbox/Shortbread should exist – keep the same heading format … national xxx day shortbread … but DROP THE EIGHT IS ENOUGH subheading, eight isn’t ‘enough’ is it, but continue to feature the eight most enticing stories and call them ‘appetizers’ and the end of the section should read ‘main course’ and take one to the full shortbread.

    it doesn’t have to take up that much space on the front page, but it DOES need to have it own section and it DOES need the premiere first page spot and it DOES need to be made to be irresistable for a first timer to explore further.

    ALSO … your site is as EASY ON THE EYES as any site on the web, and was a substantial contributing factor why I started coming here more and to Blue’s News less. Suggest you ‘refresh’ your color scheme with that firmly in mind.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 9 years ago

    I like this new version,it looks more modern and more stylish than the current one.
    Please make it stretch as wide as possible to fit my U2410 better tho 🙂
    Also is there a way to stitch off SSK?His annoyingly juvenile front page spamming used to get dealt with quickly when someone would do similar a few years ago…now its tolerated?
    wtf?
    His idiot sidekick needs to be put to sleep too.

    • grantmeaname
    • 9 years ago

    It looks like Anandtech.

    • PerfectCr
    • 9 years ago

    Not bad, maybe a little too white, but. I agree you need to feature you article more prominently. Good job!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    Overall I like the styling. I see the desire to make a more attractive product except I kinda like the way the site looks now. I guess I prefer the current color palette.

    • PerfectCr
    • 9 years ago

    Whoops double post

    • mako
    • 9 years ago

    Not sure I like the curve, but you’ve got the right idea with making feature articles more prominent. Instead of two columns, though, I would just keep the expanded news and rework the ‘feature’ section to make it clear what’s a feature article and what’s not.

    • cobalt
    • 9 years ago

    Not a huge fan of the bright white/gray. It’s not awful, but at this point I’d miss the tan, as well as its easy readability. Without being specific, with the bright white it looks too much like some other sites. For once, I like the blue version more (I’ve been sticking with tan recently).

    The curves are okay, but it’s a bit of a change in style as well from the sharp corners we all know and love, and probably unnecessary. Assuming they’re staying, though, I do have a more specific stylistic comment: the shape of the arcs (the “news” header and “blog posts” header) doesn’t really match the perfect semicircle caps to things like the top menu, search box, and box containing the links to the podcast and system guide. I’d think an arc that matches the header shape more directly would be a better fit.

    I’d almost agree with the comment that the links under “most read” and “top discussion topics” at the top are too low contrast, but after seeing the Blue version, I changed my mind. I think they only appear to be too low in contrast because of the eye-searing white below it; if that white were changed to something else, that problem might go away.

    Edit: forgot to say that overall, it looks good!

    • Fragnificent
    • 9 years ago

    This looks terrible, much like the current design does, honestly. To much clutter, everything is spread all over the place in illegible format that looks like crap on my widescreen monitors. I find my self scrolling for 10 minutes to find anything I want to see. The best layout the site had was the first one, back in like 2005. Let’s go back to that please. This just looks like every other tech site out there…

      • StuffMaster
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, it’s the blue, homey feeling that got me hooked on the site. The more “shiny” and non-blue it gets, the less I’ll come probably.

        • Fragnificent
        • 9 years ago

        My sentiments exactly…I used to love coming here because it DIDNT look like every other FLASH/CSS/WTF/OMG site out there, now it’s littered with these and looks awful. Make the panes modular and customizable! Be different than the other sites like you used to be!

    • laetitia29730
    • 9 years ago

    Looong time reader/lurker from Southeast Asia here. You’re the best site by miles.

    Likes : 1. Looks nice overall 2. Good placement of most read, top discussed articles, hot forum threads at the top – I can digest latest stuff at a glance; the TR community is an essential part the TR experience + giving knowledge to eternal newbies like me.

    Dislikes : 1. While the blue bg is beatiful, for the over 40s like me, I prefer readability; hence a bit of contrast would be kinder to my eyesight 2. Round thingy is unnecessary.

    Thanks !

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    This is my Tech Report redesign proposition:

    §[<http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/2857/thetechreportbytabovill.png<]§ any suggestions just let me know...

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      +1 I lol’d. Don’t think it’s such a good idea to inflate SSK’s ego anymore though.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 9 years ago

      I like the sweatshopking’s corner, that kind of overhaul is long overdue.

        • Kharnellius
        • 9 years ago

        I LOL’d for a good 30 seconds….

      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      LOL, thanks for the laugh.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Genius. Pure genius.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      I lol’d

      His wife has horses??

        • bthylafh
        • 9 years ago

        I’m sure he’s unable to satisfy her.

          • 5150
          • 9 years ago

          Ouch! LMAO

          • Bensam123
          • 9 years ago

          If she needs a horse to satisfy her, I don’t think he could do would.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah it was one of his first forum posts.

      • burntham77
      • 9 years ago

      Cute. Very cute.

      • ludi
      • 9 years ago

      “Much Win, this one has” -Yoda

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Bad editing, the Mac’s screen reflects Jobs.

        • ludi
        • 9 years ago

        Maybe it’s a graphic metaphor. Sort of like when a shadow falls over Bruce Wayne and his silhouette goes all Batman.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          Shouldn’t it be the other way around then? You see Jobs but the screen reflects Hitler?

    • TheEmrys
    • 9 years ago

    My work computer is 1024×768. Yeah…. top of the line. But I look at the menu bar and wonder why you have a “More” section when those topics should be able to fit? If it is to consolidate mobile and traditional, that is understandable.

    Also, how about when you hover over the menu items, you get something in a menu? Either the last few entries, (with an “ALL” option) or even catagories. CPU will give you Intel or AMD. Chipsets will let you filter by the same.

    I suppose you could even do some sort of ribbon like MS Office 2007. Not sure how that would play.

    • khands
    • 9 years ago

    As one who vehemently uses the “ataglance.x” version, I really really like the new design.

    • Starfalcon
    • 9 years ago

    Looking at the new version, it makes it very hard to skim the site for a fast look at your content. Like with your news if you want to see beyond the not always clear title you have to click through to it. Same with the articles, you pretty much have one sentence worth of space and a tiny pic to get someone to click through to your articles. Everything looked like a big white blur and nothing really stood out to say “TR is special”..in fact the overly busy layout with tiny white boxes actually reminds me of Tom’s Hardware from back in the day.

    Honestly with the new layout if I was a new site visitor I would see no real reason to stay…it pretty much looks like every other tech site out there, scrolly news really sets TR apart from the rest. It gives you a much larger area to show what makes a TR article different from a tech site that gets paid to do reviews. Its good that you are taking advice for the site, because no matter how you change your site…if the readers don’t like it your going to loose people. I know last time you changed it, I pretty much stopped reading your front page and clicking the shortbread and pretty much skipped right to the forums. I know the financial side can suck, but don’t let that completely dictate what you do to the site.

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    Ewww…

    Honestly I don’t know what the improvement is. It definitely shows off the articles a lot more. I can understand the need to show of the articles of the site a lot more since they’re the bread and butter, but everyone knows where to find them that visits here. I’m pretty sure ADD ridden nerds that don’t have enough time to browse through a tab aren’t interested in hardware anyway. That aside…

    Why don’t you guys consider a scrolling flash marquee that showcases latest articles using pictures and small summaries in order to grab readers attention followed by news below it? Looking at the front page right now you could very easily replace the entire upper section with it. Very similar to the front page on steam.

    Blizzards main page also has a very slick way of showcasing content while maintaining a more informational type of styling below it for people that look past it. I mean if it works for multi-billion dollar corporations, I think it’d work for a new website… Then again they don’t always do things right.

    Or an interactive display that has mini-snippets from the latest articles (previews of sorts) when hovering over a certain category. Like hovering over CPU would give the top five latest CPU articles with little pictures and summaries about them in pop outs. Perhaps with more info on them if you hover over them. It’s important not to be intrusive for normal users while at the same time offering as much information as you can throw at someone when they’re interested in something (not something you think they should be interested in).

    This could all be done to the front page as is right now without all that much renovation in terms of styling, but adding a bunch of functionality and eye-candy / attention getters. Things can be very minimalistic while extremely functional.

    I do like the podcast badge on the right side. You should take that one step further and integrate a simple player, picture, and snippet about it right on the front page so all someone has to do is click play and they can listen while browsing. You don’t even need a picture, the static icon would work fine with the snippet and the player.

    As far as advertising goes, consider using the extra space on the sides for themed advertising. Wowhead.com uses very good integration of advertisements in a very non-intrusive way. You see it most definitely, but you don’t need to interact with it.

    It is possible to give the technophiles what they want while catering to newer readers.

      • zimpdagreene
      • 9 years ago

      I agree with you. From Bensam123 “Perhaps with more info on them if you hover over them. It’s important not to be intrusive for normal users while at the same time offering as much information as you can throw at someone when they’re interested in something (not something you think they should be interested in).

      This could all be done to the front page as is right now without all that much renovation in terms of styling, but adding a bunch of functionality and eye-candy / attention getters. Things can be very minimalistic while extremely functional.”
      ” As far as advertising goes, consider using the extra space on the sides for themed advertising.”

      I couldn’t word it any better.

      • Bensam123
      • 9 years ago

      Bumping this since it got moved off the front page almost instantly.

    • superneat
    • 9 years ago

    I like both the white and the blue, a step in the right direction.
    Colour is less important to me than layout anyway, i don’t come here to stare at the background in all fairness, as long as there’s /[

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    I haven’t looked at it in any depth yet, but upon first click, IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.

    • Silus
    • 9 years ago

    My suggestion is the same I’ve been talking for a while now. Keep rumors out of the news page. Create a specific section for them.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Uh, guys, where’s the mobile version?

    Seriously, the explosion in mobile browsers is a done deal, and they’re not going away. As long as you /[

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t think a mobile version is necessary. I read TR just fine from my iPhone and iPad. My only request regarding mobile is that posting comments from a mobile device can sometimes be a little wonky, so that needs to be fixed. But interface/design-wise, I see no need for a distinct mobile version.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 9 years ago

    You must preserve the rolling news in some form. For me, that *is* the point of the site. It’s not like a review I’m interested in comes up more often than once every month or so… and as people have pointed out, Top Discussion Topics, Hot Forum Threads and especially Recent Gallery Items are all pretty much ignored. I’m not even that concerned What’s Hot. The rolling news/breadbin is the reason I check here a couple of times every day, as it saves me trawling through every other site plastered in their own “marquee content”

    Please don’t go down the route of ‘more directed articles’! Metacritic’s redesign changed it from something that presented broad summaries of information in as few clicks as possible to something that targets the latest reviews and buries everything else behind an impenetrable mountain of gradually expanding categories… I’ve tried to get used to it, but they quite simply removed the very features I used the site for.

    The sole reason I come here and don’t bother with Anandtech any more, or various others, is your news feed. Please don’t forget about it!!

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    Since resistance is futile, I won’t comment on the new design.

    Instead I will suggest an area in which I would like to see changes. By far the worst thing about the Internet are the trolls. But of course one person’s troll is another person’s skilled satirist, so I would not want a heavy-handed TSA-style approach to troll detection and elimination. Instead, I would love a feature like the old kill file for usenet news, but updated for a new generation. I would even pay for the privilege.

    The first tech website (among those that I currently visit, anyway) that implements this type of feature will definitely get money from me.

    • Austin
    • 9 years ago

    l[<:oD<]l I think it's great, very modern looking. Keep the curves I say, I like curves ...

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t hate the curves, but the I think the curve across the whole main story block doesn’t quite fit – it might look better if the top was straight, to match the rest of the elements on the page.

      edit: I missed that their is other elements with the dual-radius curve thing happening, somehow it still doesn’t look right, maybe because the menu and some other bits don’t match?

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    Never thought I’d say this, but I like it better, on first glance, than the current design.

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 9 years ago

    First impression is I really like it. Crisp and clear and more professional looking.

    A little more thought and I realize it the white would be tough on some people. In a well lit office right now on a 24″ screen it’s great. On my HP Envy 14 in my darkened living room early Saturday morning over coffee I will probably be reaching for the brightness setting. I’m not a fan of tan but there’s no denying my eyes secretly admire it. 🙂

    The biggest thing (for me) that i would change is to make the Shortbread similar to what it is. It’s the main reason I made TR my only tech news gateway on most days.

    Thanks for all the hard work on the articles as well as the page.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    whoa boys. settle down. i’m here to give me 2 cents. it’s ok. you can all go back to your lives!

    Ok, blue. i get it. you like Gay Blue Jeans Day, (october 11), and want to capitalize on the advertising for it next year. that’s cool.

    White? ya, it’s cool. Since i’m not 3 years old, and can handle some little itty bitty changes, in a site I DON’T OWN, and ONLY WORK FOR, I’m happy to see us improving. A change is as good as a break they say!

    Since we’re on the subject of changes…. How about publishing a blog post or something from everyones favorite user? I gotz teh l33t skillz!

    • WasF
    • 9 years ago

    Can’t give feedback, too much light out of screen, eyes hurt, tears, vision blur.
    BBBB: Bring Brown Background Back!!

    • tejas84
    • 9 years ago

    I like it a lot Scott. The New Tech Report layout rocks!

    • Barbas
    • 9 years ago

    I have to say I like it overall, it just seems a bit too cluttered maybe put only a couple of things you deem most important, like moving the most read ext somewhere below so that the first thing that catches your eye in the site is the image with the feature article of your choice

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, is that white ugly. I hope bright white isn’t a permanent choice, since that will drive people with sensitive eyes away like kryptonite. Other than the poor color choice, the layout itself isn’t bad, and there are some good suggestions here that I hope get used. I’ll still opt out for the scrolly news.

    On a side note, how many people here have mice with fast scroll wheels? The new scroll wheel has literally evolved how you can browse webpages, and if you don’t have one I can see why you wouldn’t like scrolly news. Your loss for not evolving with technology.

    Another thing to consider is that the site layout may not be completely to blame for why you are losing viewers. Look at the [H] as it has scrolly news with a dark background, and they do really good with that.
    I’d say the problem is more of where you are taking the website in general. If people don’t want to read the articles anymore, they’ll go elsewhere, regardless of the layout. TR used to be known for comprehensive, unbiased and on-time reviews, however Ars has taken over that spot. Not that there hasn’t been improvement, but the fickle people may have already left like an avalanche. In that case, perhaps an image change will help, but that only works for so long, like the boy who cried wolf. Good luck with the new design anyway.

    • Johnny5
    • 9 years ago

    It feels like the last design change was so recent. Looking at it now, I don’t like it. It doesn’t feel like Tech Report, and lacks the beige, and just seems more generic. But I guess it’ll grow on me over time, and I know these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to site design.
    I just disabled adblock on the page in Firefox in Ubuntu as I had already done in Windows. Thanks for no pop-up ads or ads with sound.
    As The Tech Report is now there really is nothing bad I can say about it: great articles and news, system builds, site design, and comparatively fewer idiots in the forums.
    Seriously though, we’ll be able to access this build of the site after the change, right? You can pry the beige from my cold, dead hands.

    • Firestarter
    • 9 years ago

    Google indexing shenanigans is a bitch..

    Likes: the general look

    Dislikes: curvy bits on top, too much whitespace in the News column (not enough news). No dates in News or Featured Articles column.

    If this is what you need to keep your rankings up, then I’d say go for it!

    • embeejay
    • 9 years ago

    One of the things i enjoy about tr’s current layout is the no-nonsense approach – the new look with the oval tops is just visual spam to me, and will be an actual annoyance to look at, other than that it looks good.

    • larchy
    • 9 years ago

    Really nice, like it a lot. The blue version is especially nice! …although the black text for the poll/tweet section is perhaps a little hard to read, not enough contrast.

    V nice though.

    • merkill
    • 9 years ago

    1 Make it blue like blue is now ,the white is hurting me argh dont fear the dark
    2 Make sure the wide option is made to fit 1920*1080 as that is what is on all but a few monitors that sell today and the last few years ,also tv are that res so its more or less the standard resolution.
    3 no round waste of space please
    4 Adapt normal view for tablets and crap like that so apple ppl dont whine.
    5 remove most read and Top discussion topics and Hot forum threads from top the daily bread is a much more important feature and should have its own space.

    • cybot_x1024
    • 9 years ago

    i’ll still stick to what am used to :
    §[<https://techreport.com/ataglance.x<]§

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      whoa, I totally forgot about that arrangement… … and how much I liked it. : /

      • Mr.Lif
      • 9 years ago

      amen to that. Why fix what ain’t broke?

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        Because you can improve “what ain’t broke”.

          • cybot_x1024
          • 9 years ago

          you must admit, the “new design” has cramped up so many things together, it feels a little confusing and messy.
          The old design had everything right, because even after a week of not visiting the site it was so easy to proceed from where you left off.

      • haugland
      • 9 years ago

      I also use §[<http://www.techreport.com/ataglance.x<]§ It looks like the new design is a step back towards the design before the current, so I will probably skip "at a glance" in favor of the new design. I like the new design, and I am normally in the "fear of change" category.

    • ClickClick5
    • 9 years ago

    I see what is happening here…

    Making it harder for my blackberry to load the page.
    Just make it ALL flash.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Likes: clear distinction between Feature Articles and news/blog/polls.

    Dislikes: Hard to read. Maybe my brain is just used to the current TR layout, but I find it harder to read the article headings and news titles ‘at a glance’.

    • GTVic
    • 9 years ago

    It is a little bright. The worst part about getting used to a 24″ widescreen was how much white there is on the computer screen in some applications and on some websites.

    Also, why are geeks afraid of things with curves 🙂

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Afraid? It’s inefficient with space.

        • GTVic
        • 9 years ago

        I guess you didn’t get the joke

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          I very much did, but I didn’t want to play along. I guess it’s not my funny day today.

    • Mentawl
    • 9 years ago

    Just gonna put in another vote for the “old” tan-and-blue colour scheme. Very easy on the eyes compared to a white or dark background.

    • SecretMaster
    • 9 years ago

    My thoughts can be best summed up in this 5 second youtube clip.

    §[<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnrAZACQKbY<]§

    • spigzone
    • 9 years ago

    What draws people to a site on a daily basis?

    What is YOUR strength.

    For me it was the Breadbox feature, it’s what brings me to your site DAILY – puts you in my ‘top five’ sites. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of the people coming to this site on a daily basis do so mainly for that feature. I consider it by far your strongest feature.

    1. loose the rounded corners, it wastes extremely valuable SPACE at the top of the page.

    2. give your breadbox feature it’s own fixed top right spot (refreshed daily) using those first eight posts as a teaser, keep the ‘—– day’ heading but drop the ‘eight is enough’ … no it’s not, and it is too cryptic, what does it mean? Call it ‘appetizers’ or some such … make it irresistable for a newby site viewer to click into the full breadbox so they will be certain to SEE it. It’s your best ‘hook’ into the site.

    3. DON’T go with the dark blue color scheme. One of the reasons I moved from blues news to tech report was becasue of how beautifully easy on the eyes this color scheme was. it is VERY soothing to read. something to consider with any change in color scheme you’re contemplating.

      • spigzone
      • 9 years ago

      ps. lose the ‘most read, top discussion post, hot forum threads’ lists at the top of the page. that’s your MOST VALUABLE REAL ESTATE and those items are NOT your most valuable features.

      PRIORITIES.

      top left going down the page – your own articles/reviews
      top right box – daily breadbox eight ‘teasers’ + ‘previous breadboxes’ as last line in the box.
      middle right – ‘blurbed’ breaking news stories.
      bottom right – everything else.

    • TravelMug
    • 9 years ago

    The colors in general don’t feel right yet. Maybe a bit more tweaking?

    The contrast between the article title and the subtitle is too much.

    The “Most read”, “Top discussion topics” and “Hot forum threads” don’t belong on the top. They take up too much space and push down the main articles and the main feature window of the site too much.

    The design in general feels too squashed already and I read you want to make it even more.

    • Crayon Shin Chan
    • 9 years ago

    TR’s fighting to survive? Haha, who do you consider the competitors?

      • DancinJack
      • 9 years ago

      money. you can’t run a site without money. which in turn means ads and how many people look at those ads. more hits = more money. turn adblock off.

        • merkill
        • 9 years ago

        yeah probably so
        iv turned adblock off on tech report and a handful of other sites .

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    ALL BLUE IS UGLY! With this one i hate scrolling vs. old. With the new one i don’t want to scroll as the bottom 70% of the page is PAINFUL on my eyes.

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    Invests in VGA-Converter stock options NOW!

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Too much white in one version. Way too much blue in the other. You need to balance that bright (or blue) out with a more relaxed color.

    Like tan. Now where is it I’ve seen a tan on blue website?

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 9 years ago

    Can you make the “all blue” all blue? The white bits at the bottom and right are glaring.

    • tim.hawkinson
    • 9 years ago

    Colors are harsh. I prefer the softer blue and tan of the current site.

    I kindof like the arches. Consider making the ‘cpu gpu mobo’ bar into one so it matches.

    Pick a font! i prefer the one used in ‘most read’ and dislike the one used in the ‘news’ column

    I vote for fewer font sizes, no italics. make the “most read” a tick bigger.
    Make the text in the top blue box match the text in the white news area

    I feel that there’s a lot of wasted space in the news column headlines. compress it?

    I like the comment count bubbles!

    I’d suggest simplifying the ‘podcast’ and ‘system guide’ area
    remove the white bar and text below,
    remove ‘dont miss!’
    make the two circular graphics larger.
    add ‘system guide’ text to the appropriate graphic
    make them both links!

    Longer text for the feature articles.

    I like the existing subtle diagonal lines! why ditch them?

    I like the existing dropshadow outside the main tan column.

    I’ll still come for the content either way!

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    Suggestions:

    1. Do NOT make a tan version.
    2. Do NOT make the wide version “less wide”. It just about fits fullscreen 1280-wide monitors perfectly and that’s what I have at work (unfortunately) and what I’m sure many people still have. If anyone needs a less wide page layout, then they shouldn’t use a wide one in the first place, and problem solved.

    3. The top of the “news” section is curved. That’s not only unneeded bling, but currently it obscures text from “Most Read”, so it’s twice as useless. We’re geeks, just keep all the page elements square.
    4. Speaking of the “Most Read” section, I could figure out how to close it, but I could never expand it again unless I reloaded the page.

    5. You might want to consider updating the site logo to not look so simple and/or dated, I’m only talking about what appears to be a pale piece of PCB under the magnifying glass. (Also, you might want to add random gloss for the Apple fans, just in case. Or have a separate, glassy logo, “The Mac Report”, where you group all the news from the site that I’m not interested in.)

      • wibeasley
      • 9 years ago

      2) Two-thirds of the responders had more than 1280 pixels across in their main display (in June 2008). I bet the proportion has grown since then. So I think a lot of readers can take advatage of something wider.
      §[<http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/14156<]§

        • TravelMug
        • 9 years ago

        I think the main target here would be the tablets and smartphones where you don’t have the luxury of 1280+ wideness.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          Yes, so don’t click it? Wide mode is optional, TR should NOT make it “less wide” to appeal to the stupid of the crowd, *[

            • TravelMug
            • 9 years ago

            What’s you problem? What should or shouldn’t I click? My point was that it’s probably narrower bacause of the reasons pointed out. Didn’t say I like it, in fact I pointed out in #48 that it already feels too squashed.

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      +1 for getting a new site logo, maybe someone here can volunteer? Go 21st century and get it done in .svg, there can be a fallback for useless browsers.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 9 years ago

        You should talk to the Gap about updating a logo. They might have some helpful insight for you…

    • wibeasley
    • 9 years ago

    I like it a lot, and I wasn’t a fan of the previous switch. Here are a few additions to consider:
    1) Extend the list of ‘hot forum threads’ from 5 to 8ish again. I think that would keep me hooked more.
    2) Within that list, put the reply count in square brackets, like you have for the two columns to the left.
    3) Put the ‘View your posts’ link on the site’s front page, to encourage traffic crossing between the news readers and the forum readers.
    4) like glynor said, longer teasers would hook me more.
    5) In the Feature Articles column, you haven’t allocated space for the last comment’s time and poster. I agree that extra complexity would scare off some new readers. Maybe that info can be displayed in a tool tip that appears out when you hover over the bubble/caption.

    Some of us were concerned that the most recent revision would hurt repeat visits to the same news story, because the comments were hidden. I’m curious, did that turn out to be a problem?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    So, you’re going to go and Facebookified TR huh. Well, great. It’s funny in a sad way that the last revamp, which brought much consternation but still left us with the content-rich ‘at a glance’ view available, is being tossed so soon. A little part of me gets some pleasure out of that because I literally only use the current ‘main’ layout by accident, but the new preview is just too…I don’t know, Apple-y? And all wierd and curvy and feminine and just trying too hard to be hip or something. Don’t fix what ain’t broken!

    • Irascible
    • 9 years ago

    I never left at-a-glance. This looks even better. Do what you must to survive and thrive, period. The haters can’t hate unless you’re around to be hated. ;^)

    • MixedPower
    • 9 years ago

    Here are my quick thoughts about the layout:

    The colors are nice. I like the rounded corners. I don’t like the curved tops, especially on the boxes on the right. There are too many gradients. The type in the gradient box with the forums is small, crowded, and hard to read – especially compared to the rest of the site, which is cleaner than ever now.

    A couple of questions about the (not yet) functional parts of the site:

    Is there any way the site can be at least somewhat modular, a la Igoogle? For instance, I’d like to be able to swap the ‘Blogs’ and ‘Shacknews’ boxes so the latter is “above the fold,” since the blogs box is updated much less frequently and new items appear in the headliner box anyway.

    Also, when do we get a useful search bar? I remember asking this when the current design was still in beta, and still nothing. With no way to filter results it can be near impossible to find some things on the site, and there have been a few instances where rummaging through the news archive or Googling what I’m looking for is quicker and easier than using TR’s search.

    • cygnus1
    • 9 years ago

    Hopefully it doesn’t hurt anybodies feelings, but I don’t really use the front page. I use the RSS feed. However, I do really like the current front page, just RSS is more convenient.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    It seems like “top discussion topics” and “most read,” on top of the list of 12 articles, is going to lead to a huge amount of redundant links, over a huge amount of wasted space.

    Why not the simple “at a glance” list that manages to fit 18 article links into an even smaller space?

    • Buub
    • 9 years ago

    Has a nice professional look to it.

    • Thrashdog
    • 9 years ago

    I’d suggest losing the sweeping arch over the left columns, and perhaps squaring things off in general. I really like the aesthetics of the current straight-edged layout; it’s crisp and has a lot of snap to it. I’d also rework the color scheme to something less glare-inducing — the dark blue on white is rather jarring and difficult to look at. The blue scheme is more comfortable and coherent… but what was wrong with the nice, muted blue and tan you already had? I think that’d be worth a second look.

    I’d also think about the amount of content you’ve got over-top the news and features if returning the focus to that really is your goal.

      • cegras
      • 9 years ago

      I agree with the colour scheme. I was going to mention it but I see a lot of people have beat me to the punch.

    • mentaldrano
    • 9 years ago

    I’ll miss the full news stories, so I may subscribe to your RSS feed instead.

    That said, I like the new layout. The top sidebar box (blog post title box) are nicely rounded, and look good when they float on the blue part of the gradient. When you scroll down (shacknews, beyond3d headlines), the subtle white-on-light-gray clashes badly, and takes away the roundedness.

    Also, could you completely round the sidebar box title area? Make it an rounded-rect title on rounded-rect box? The title bars look VERY pointy on the lower two boxes (shacknews, beyond3d), and it clashes with the overall rounded look of the page.

    Can you keep the gradient stationary, and scroll the content? The white background (once you scroll the page) does make me feel like I’m staring at a lightbulb, but then I have changed all my text editors (except for Word, shudder) over to white text on black background.

    The search box needs to be labeled, and have a “GO” button or something. Oh, I see that it isn’t functional yet – keep the current search box on the new page.

    Wide format choice!!! I don’t use a smartphone, so I can’t comment there, but my 24″ monitors (at work, risky!) look stupid with all the real estate wasted on the sides. The current layout looks fine on my Thinkpad X100e, but I don’t spend a lot of time on that.

    Pay no attention to the haters – everything must change or die, and they’d be fools to pass up the top notch reporting and reviewing that TR does. I hope I have been helpful.

    -Drano

    • Dizzytaz00
    • 9 years ago

    Looks nice & cleaner the than the current homepage.
    The blue is easier too read!!!
    Have to put sunglasses on to read the white version.

    • glynor
    • 9 years ago

    Overall, I think I’ll like it in the end.

    My only major suggestion? I’d make the “article teaser” text a bit longer. Those tiny snippets don’t really draw me in very much, unless the headline grabs me. I’m thinking more like Ars’ length (though not as much as Anand’s).

    I think I’ll really end up liking the “Most Read” feature, enabled, of course, by the fact that you’ll click through to stories to read them.

    • ColdMist
    • 9 years ago

    No footer. I didn’t know where the articles ended. I felt like the page got chopped off or something, and I was missing more stuff and didn’t know it.

    The top half (with the blue behind it) looks nice, but not enough contrast after 1/3 of the page.

    • CampinCarl
    • 9 years ago

    I love a blue version. However, can the blue be more of a matte blue similar to what is here currently? That blue is just…piercing. Other than that, it’s a pretty good site.

    • Dizzytaz00
    • 9 years ago

    I like the new version in blue is easier to read
    the white is just to bright for my eyes. I’ll have put sunglasses on!!

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      ^^Agreed. I like the q[

    • Peffse
    • 9 years ago

    My biggest gripe with the current layout is how low the news articles are placed. I run on an older 1024×768 monitor and I cannot see a single article upon page load. I don’t use adblock on this site, as you guys deserve all the revenue you can generate, but I’ve found the easiest way to get news from you is to subscribe to the RSS feed and ignore the front page completely. That kind of defeats the point, doesn’t it?

    oh, and thumbs up for blue!

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 9 years ago

      It’s not TR’s fault you’re running a display from 1996.

        • Peffse
        • 9 years ago

        uhh…. yea, actually that would be TR’s fault for not choosing a good layout for a standard screen resolution.
        Perhaps they have stats they use and it shows me as a small percentage. It’s really their choice in the end. I’m not the one losing ad revenue by skipping the main page and using RSS.

          • DaveSylvia
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah, I would bet they are making a calculated decision to stay up-to-date on their web design. 1024×768 was a standard resolution – 10 years ago.

          I think they *[

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        768 pixels high is far and away the standard for laptops.

          • FireGryphon
          • 9 years ago

          Is there a source for that statistic? There should be numbers somewhere to tell us what the majority of people are using these days. Although it means more work up front, it should be possible to detect and load a different page profile.

    • jalex3
    • 9 years ago

    the blue is to blue and the white hurts my eyes i dont like the gradient its over used on sites and its yuck

      • jalex3
      • 9 years ago

      i would like the see what the current bg would look like with that ui, or perhaps not fade to white but a lighter blue

    • imtheunknown176
    • 9 years ago

    It might be a little late now but I think from an aesthetic point of view the upwards bowing title bars (news, blog bposts, etc) are mismatched with the symmetric, ‘pill shaped’ menu bar and search bar. Just my opinion.

    That’s too bad about the current news page. I can definitely see why you guys want to make featured articles more prominent. I just hope the scrolly news page doesn’t take too long to manifest. I need me less clicking! 🙂

    • jalex3
    • 9 years ago

    this feels like winsupersite stuffing up its ui… 😐 atleast the old new homepage was the same style.

    it feels “cheap” and is harder to read. to tell thew truth if i went to a site like that i would leave and never come back.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t know if anyone else is having this issue, but for me parts of the new page sit on top of and obscure other parts, like the page’s parts have been crowded into a space into which they won’t fit. Obv this could just be because it’s a work in progress, but I’d really like to see it without this little trouble. I’m using FF 3.6.8.

    Anyone else have the same problem?

    Looks like it has promise as long as there’s an option to change the bright whiteness, which is decidedly un-TR 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear the scrolly news scared some people away. Gotta do what ya gotta do to keep the eyes on the page, though!

    EDIT: Just now loaded the blue version and I really like it, and it doesn’t have the overlapping problem I mentioned about the white version. I know it’s still a beta, but good work, TR!

    • moshpit
    • 9 years ago

    Absolutely approved. Totally thumbs up to new look, keep up good work!

    • Kharnellius
    • 9 years ago

    Love the blue version!

    I find it much easier to differentiate the different types of articles/news/etc with this new style. Much approved!

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    /[

    • NarwhaleAu
    • 9 years ago

    Color scheme is fine (I like the purple and tan) – but its too small and fiddly. The articles should be bigger, the text should be bigger, the pictures should be bigger!!!

    It’s too hard to skim right now – you are too information dense.

    • Kilos
    • 9 years ago

    No tan/beige version?

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago

    Blue ftw. Everyone freaks out when something is changed here, including me. This looks to be pretty sweet though. Very appreciative for the constant work you guys do.

    Suggestions/Comments:

    I like that you may make it not quite as wide. I rarely maximize the browser on my 1920 pixels because I have something else open next to it. The same or thinner would be nice.

    Could you try using a slimmer font? Some of the darker fonts look a little “bleedy” on the blue version. May just be the resolution.

    The ataglance.x style of news rules. I can count the number of times I’ve been to the current page on one hand.

      • yuriylsh
      • 9 years ago

      I’m adding my voice to font changing request. I’ve noticed that “Trebuchet MS” looks very bad in the new browsers with subpixel font positioning (IE 9 beta, Firefox 4 beta and later Chrome in version 9 or 10). It looks somewhat tolerable with the white on blue theme, but just horrible with black on yellow theme applied. Verdana looks so much better! Just please get rid of the Trebuchet font.

      Other than this, I like the new layout, looks very promising!

    • PopcornMachine
    • 9 years ago

    The blue is much better than the white.

    • ReAp3r-G
    • 9 years ago

    Love it; make it blue please. 🙂

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    It’s really nice o[

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    SWEET JESUS O.O

    The blue is nice, why not keep that as the default?

    Hmm… I was going to say I want TR wider, currently it’s nice, but 1680 would be gooder since I suppose most of your viewers have displays at least this wide. I’d say at least keep the same width, it makes it look less crowded and cleaner.

    Commenting needs to be upgraded. Doing an italic or GREEN in a separate pop-up box is a little HTMLy.

    • danny e.
    • 9 years ago

    i like.

    • lethal
    • 9 years ago

    l[<-Where did the scrolly news go? Lesson learned here. We thought our present scrolly front page might be a nice change, but it has hurt us, frankly. We need to have more of our marquee content indexed on the front page of the site.<]l Err how do I put this. I have TR as my home page because of the news and forum topics. While the site's articles are pretty good, they are rather sparse so to speak, and the constant stream of news and breads is what keeps me coming every few hours at least.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 9 years ago

      I agree – it is the news and forum that keep me coming back. This place is number 1 on my list of rss feeds and I always check here first.

      Perhaps more linkage to pc centric websites like RockPaperShotgun? You guys already link to Ars and Shacknews perhaps a bit more web-based promiscuity is in order.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 9 years ago

    The new blue color is striking, however, it makes the white (and now there’s vast amounts of it) harder to read as it creates even more glare. I’m a glare sensitive person and have always stuck to the blue look of TR.

    I am sorry to hear that the “scrolly news” look of the site hurt you guys (I haven’t minded it). I am a bit concerned that this new look is a bit generic and that you will be lost in a crowd (that and the vast fields of eye burning white that I mentioned).

    Perhaps off topic but a subscribe button would be cool. I would like to subscribe certainly.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 9 years ago

    I hate it. I personally like the current design better.

    • funko
    • 9 years ago

    gah, i need a blue version for sure. i clicked and the white background burned my retinas!

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