As the new kits were unveiled last week, I thought I’d better get off my arse and make the blog Premier League ready.
I know a lot of you were attached to the old site and adopted the ‘it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ mindset, but I assure you the system was breaking down and needed this overhaul.
Some of the key points I wanted to address with the redesign were:
- Mobile compatibility. This was the big one really. We were previously running two websites (one for mobiles/tablets and one for desktop) and neither were ideal. This new site now shapes around your device for a consistent experience.
- Site speed. The old site was very sluggish. This design is much leaner so should load quicker.
- Clean reading. I really wanted to strip out a lot of the noise around the content, so it made digesting the articles and comments a more pleasant experience.
- Flexibility. With the old school chronological blog layout it meant if we wanted to feature two posts around the same time it was very difficult because one always sat lower. The new design gives us better options for rolling out more stuff simultaneously, which is a major objective in the coming year.
- Future-proofing. The new software allows us to take advantage of the latest features meaning we can continually improve the blogging experience for everyone now and in the future.
Although it’s quite a radical departure in terms of design from the previous blog, all the functionality remains the same, notably:
- The most recent post still appears at the top of the homepage. You now have to click into the post to read it in full, but I think most people were doing this anyway in order to read the comments.
- You can still leave comments in exactly the same way you’ve always done.
- You can still reply to comments.
- You can still upload pictures.
- You can still Like comments and new for 2018/19 you can also down vote comments with a Dislike feature.
- You can still edit your comments for a short window of time to fix errors.
As always I’ll be leaning on the community to put the new site through it’s paces, so please do leave comments below with feedback and/or contact me directly.
There’s usually a few things that need ironing out with a big refresh like this, but hopefully once everyone gets used to the changes, you’ll see they’re very much for the better.
Thanks in advance for your support everyone!