Jun 23, 2010
It took a long time, but our new site design is finally done, pending a few final tweaks and fixes.
The goal of the new design is pretty simple: less scrolling around for content, and less busy.
Let’s start at the top and let me give you a quick review of how this new Subscriber Homepage works.
Note: I HIGHLY recommend using the Firefox Browser for our site. That’s what we use in the office, and if there are any problems we know right away. This new homepage has no reported issues using Firefox. There might be some java issues currently with this new page for those using IE 7.0 or older, so if you insist on using IE, I suggest updating to version 8.0. In the meantime, we’re looking into any other issues.
Right at the top, you’ll see the feature article, so that hasn’t changed. Across from that you’ll see our Top Headlines, which also hasn’t changed. The one change in this area is the recent article tab we’ve added. Just click on “Recent Articles by Date” and the most recent articles we’ve posted will load in the same area where headlines are, so you still have quick and easy access to our most recent stuff and if you want to quickly see what we’ve posted or updated recently.
To the right and the final column, we have added a new Twitter widget, which scrolls through our most recent “Tweets.” I love this Twitter thing and think it’s fantastic for breaking news and quick insight. If I’m out to dinner with the family, for example, and something breaks, I (or someone else) can tweet about it on a blackberry and it automatically gets displayed on the site. So really, we’re never away from the site and insight can be had whenever and wherever we are. In addition, we also added a feed of national NFL Reporters (just click the NFL Reporters tab). These are the guys we follow on Twitter, so just in case we’re not right on the ball to the second, you can tab over there and see what’s going on. Note: The one issue with Twitter is it does go down or drag on somewhat regularly – so you might not always see it when you access the page – but that’s a small price to pay for such a great tool.
Staying on the smaller right column, the blogs, podcasts, recent MB posts and such pretty much remain intact from the older version of the site.
Otherwise, we moved a few things to the first two columns to run left to right, starting under the feature article is where we’ll be promoting chats, will have our depth charts, a promotional area for “MyGuru,” which will be revamped shortly, and a place for us to pass along any key site news.
In the second column just under the headlines/recent articles, we still have newsy stuff, like NFL Team Reports and daily news and injury updates, which will kick off when training camps start up in very late July (although we do have some sortable tidbits in there now from our last two Team Reports. We also moved our current poll here, so it’s a little more prominent. You’re encouraged to vote often on our polls because we think our subscribers are pretty smart, and the questions will always been kind of tough.
Of course, the big change is the content sections in tabs. You’ll find our content is still broken down into logical sections, but thanks to these tabs there’s far less scrolling down and less chance that you won’t be able to find something. The one section that is a little broad is the “General Articles/Guru Reports” section, but this will always load fully by default and will usually contain our “hottest” articles and features. This section will be pretty jammed packed, but if you’re looking for a specific type of article, you should easily find it in its respective section. In addition to more general articles or reports, there are tabs for the following:
- Rankings & Projections – Includes all cheat sheets, PDFs, etc
- Strategy Articles – The Draft Plan, etc
- Statistical Analysis – Anything stat-heavy or statistic-oriented
- Keeper/Dynasty stuff
- IDP content
- Auction related content
- Mock/real draft analysis
- League Management/Misc. – Articles on running leagues, our interviews, any other leftovers.
- Downloads/Worksheets – All our excel files, PDF worksheets, or anything like that.
- Site Tools – They are also on the top navigation but here with a brief description of the tools we have on the site.
So that’s about it. I’m sure we’ll add some tweaks, and we will revise for the regular season. But I’m pretty pleased with this look in terms of its slickness and functionality/ease of use.
I know people are resistant to change, but I think in this case it will be welcome.