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TrustedReviews Redesign: Let us know what you think

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Tell us what you think

TrustedReviews has a fresh new design and we want to hear your thoughts.

As you may have noticed, we’ve made quite a few changes to the look and feel of the website. We’ve not made many changes to the mobile site yet. This design refresh will mostly affect those reading our content on a computer rather than a phone.

So what have we done? Well, the information on reviews is a little easier to read and everything is lot nicer to look at. You'll notice little improvements, like the way Key Features are organised on reviews, which we think you'll love.

The biggest changes have been made to the homepage, where we’ve changed the layout from a two-column design to blocks of content.

It’s been a challenge to present all the different articles we’ve been building on and introducing to TrustedReviews, like How tos, Versus pieces and our Best ofs round-ups and we hope this makes sense of it all.

Reviews on the homepage now feature the score, and there's a list of new reviews on the right side so you don't have to scroll down to see the latest. And if you want to see more, hit 'Read All Reviews' for a full list of the latest reviews.

As is the way with these things there may be some temporary issues. If you do spot something you think is a bit off then let us know in the comments below and we’ll get onto it.

Also, just let us know what you think of the new layout and look. This new design is a starting point that we aim to evolve, tweak and improve in the months to come.

Once again, I’d like to give a massive thank you to the awesome TrustedReviews development team who have been beavering away for months to make this happen. And, as ever, thank you for supporting TrustedReviews. -- Evan Kypreos, Editor

Share your thoughts in the comments

me

February 19, 2016, 10:39 am

why are publishers always trying to "improve" websites, but hardly ever succeeding?

rene

February 19, 2016, 10:48 am

looked like it hadnt loaded properly.

and....the advertising side panels are too close to the main body text.
I think you should optimise the page for a higher resolution.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 10:55 am

Sounds like it might not be rendering correctly for you. If you have a moment, upload a screenshot and I'll report to the devs.

On higher resolution screens, the next stage of developing the site will be a fully responsive version for desktop, tablet and mobile.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 10:56 am

Let us know which bits you don't like and we can look into it. We'll pushing through changes and tweaks through the next couple of weeks.

Alex Walsh

February 19, 2016, 11:06 am

It's confusing.

There are some stories at the top, it's unclear whether these are the latest, the most popular or editorial picks. Scroll down and then we get to category posts. It's counter-intuitive to scroll to the bottom of the screen for new content just because that category is near the bottom, especially when there is a drop down menu in the header that will take you to a category page anyway.

Content still as good as ever, just a mess to navigate but pretty much in keeping with where websites seem to be going. Sometimes less is more on a homepage.

Sharky66

February 19, 2016, 11:07 am

Main stories seem a little cramped whereas Latest news and Opinions are better spaced. Are they even main stories?
Reviews look good although I'd like to see an "Also consider .." to suggest options to the item being reviewed.
Otherwise, looks good.

David Hollinshead

February 19, 2016, 11:09 am

Ok. Lots of dead space on a WQHD monitor. I miss the red branding.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 11:32 am

Our next step is going to be a fully responsive version of the website, which will come later in the year. This will support higher resolutions better and be consistent across device types. Can't give you much of a date at the moment, though.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 11:33 am

Thanks for the feedback. We'll look into the spacing. We've already spotted a couple of little areas where things need tweaking.

Matt

February 19, 2016, 11:40 am

Way too much white space on a 1080p monitor

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 11:47 am

So the very top of the site, above Latest News & Opinions, are featured slots that we define. That's the same as on the old site. Everything else is the 'latest' content in each of those areas. We're going to tweak a few things in the coming days.

pimlicosound

February 19, 2016, 11:56 am

Well done on the redesign. I know how hard that can be, having just gone through another redesign on my company's website. And thanks for asking for feedback - always a brave choice!

Positives
- I approve of the Exo font you've used for headings. I've just started using that same font for headings on my company's website. :)
- On the home page and other list pages, each item is bigger and better spaced, which is nice.
- The fixed menu bar on scroll is good.

Negatives / Questions
- The Exo font doesn't seem to have been applied consistently. It appears on some headings but not others.
- Responsive design is a must. This website doesn't scale down to tablets or mobile devices, and it doesn't scale up past 960px wide, which is pretty small by modern desktop display standards.
- Despite the whitespace, pages still seem "cluttered". More precisely, pages have an abundance of different content - lots of different lists and links - all formatted in slightly different ways and without enough delineation between them. With just a quick scan, I have difficulty making sense of all the content. I think it could be improved by a much more consistent approach to lists on the home page and in the sidebar, and some simple visual styles to separate each list section so they don't so easily blend into one confusing mix.
- On the home page, I would move the Reviews section above the News section. This is, after all, Trusted Reviews. I (and probably lots of other people) come here looking first and foremost for reviews, not news. But your analytics might not bear that out.
- On the home page, I don't know what the "More" section is at the bottom. More what? It seems like a random selection of articles.

Scott Williamson

February 19, 2016, 12:25 pm

Looks good so far, I'll be more pleased if the invasive pop up ads that cripple one's tablet are gone, I'd prefer not to adblock Trusted, but sometimes....

Love the site and reviews, please keep it up and get the ads under control.

Dead Words

February 19, 2016, 12:25 pm

I'll probably have way more feedback over the coming days but I don't have a whole lot of time in my morning's so I'll spew out what I've noticed immediately.
-I'd like dates to be attached to the articles, so that I know exactly when they were uploaded.
-There's still a lot of white space, and yet the website seems a bit more cluttered.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 12:47 pm

It's a tough one. We're having some issues with those at the moment as we're not happy with the frequency capping. They should appear fairly infrequently, but some people seem to get them more than they should. I can't say those kinds of ads will disappear completely because that's just not realistic unfortunately, but you should see them less often.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 12:56 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

Responsive will be coming in a larger, more comprehensive redesign later this year. At the moment we just want to focus on modernising some aspects of the design, such as the font, and fixing some longstanding issues.

We're having a few issues with stylesheets on some platforms, which might explain your font issues. We're trying isolate those at the moment, so hopefully they'll be sorted out soon.

One the homepage. Message received loud and clear. We already have some revisions to apply to the organisation of the homepage which will come next week.

We're also going to promote the latest reviews more often in the featured content slots, so you won't have to hunt around too much.

pimlicosound

February 19, 2016, 12:59 pm

Thanks for the reply. One other positive to mention: in reviews, the Key Features section now prominently displays the price. This is good! I've complained before about the price not being easy to find, if it's there at all.

Carlos

February 19, 2016, 1:01 pm

Sorry guys, I like the old one. Perhaps this one might be better for you (you can accommodate more ads), but not for your readers. Headlines are harder to read (contrast + font). Now you have to scan horizontally. Before all new stuff was on top, now you have to go all the way down, scanning left to right, then down. Ads are more distracting than before.
I'm not sure if you tried the new design with ads and in different resolutions, but in a MacBook Air, this is the "first page" of your site...

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 1:01 pm

Yes, the Key Features bit is one of my favourite changes. Always hated how that worked before.

Greg

February 19, 2016, 1:05 pm

Adverts are still way too intrusive. Looks like yet another site redesigned to take advertisers needs into account before actually considering the wants of the people that might click on them

Andrew Nicholson

February 19, 2016, 1:36 pm

I like it. I've been thinking you needed a more responsive design for a little while and hey-presto, you have one!

dragos pascu

February 19, 2016, 2:07 pm

I like the new design but, as somebody else said, I'd like to see the dates of the posts. Also can you revert to prices being shown inside the article, like you used to do it before?
Cheers

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 2:56 pm

They are there, but it's moved way to the right. Obviously that's out of eye line, though, so we're putting that in as a fix to make it more obvious.

mothergoose85

February 19, 2016, 2:56 pm

Generally I am liking it so far. I've noticed a bug on the nav bar though, you've got too many menu items and it's then wrapping on to a new line (see MWC2016 in the attached screenshot).

This is on a Macbook Air in Chrome.

andyvan

February 19, 2016, 2:58 pm

I'm guessing you're in the US. We've put in a request for those ads that run down the side to be removed. They're really annoying. Might take a few weeks for that to happen, but we're working on it.

If you're not in the US, let us know where you are, as there are some regional differences.

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