F1Fanatic’s third birthday redesign

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

I’m delighted to mark F1Fanatic’s third birthday by revealing a brand new design and lots of new features.

Continue reading for more on the redesign and new stuff on the site this year.

The new look

The F1Fanatic redesign was created by Dreamfly.

Thanks to all of you who completed the survey last year on the site design and contributed ideas on how to make the site better. I hope you agree the new look is more attractive and also easier to understand. Here are some of the changes in detail:


The old font used for every F1Fanatic logo since the site began in 2005 has been dropped – I think the new one is slicker, more distinctive and recognisable.


Many of you said you wanted to be able to follow discussions more easily. The two new menus on the right are part of the attempt to improve that. At a click you can see the most popular posts and where the biggest discussions are taking place.


Instant links to information about drivers, races and teams. I’ve spent quite a bit of time revising and expanding the driver biographies, and the team and circuit pages are brand-new.

Some recent posts have been designed to look best in the new layout: here’s one example.

I’ll write more about the deeper changes to the site later.

Spotted a problem?

There are bound to be technical glitches with a brand new design and I’m going to be working hard over the next few days to get everything working properly.

If you do spot a technical glitch please send me an email or leave a comment below. And if any of you can suggest solutions to those problems that would be magnificent!

Please do give me any feedback on the new site as well – what you like, what you don’t like, stuff that’s gone missing, anything…

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63 comments on “F1Fanatic’s third birthday redesign”

  1. wow!  long overdue update to the site design, but boy was it worth the wait.  Looks amazing.

  2. looks great happy b day

  3. Just want to add my congrats! I will agree with the constructive feedback you’ve received, but the look is fresh and clean. Very nice update.

  4. Well – What can I say but happy third and the don’t it look good as well Keith – many thanks for an admirable outlet for our angst and the good info /insight on F1 – it’s been rocky at times – what with the server issues last year and that bleep comments editing tool – but looking forward too a great new season again well done Keith !!!

  5. Scott Joslin
    5th March 2008, 22:24

    Looking great! Happy Birthday F1Fanatic! Here’s to a great 2008!

  6. Too bad the people with widescreen are having trouble,looks great on my monitor.

    Happy B’Day F1Fanatic

  7. Happy 3rd Anniversay & Way to go Keith!

    The new design is pretty slick and much better than the last one, absolutely loving it. Keep up the good work.

  8. Scott Joslin
    6th March 2008, 13:53

    One tiny thing Keith, would it be possible to still have the number of comments within the main headline as before. I used to remember how many posts there was when I had posted and then when I would return to the site, if I had seen the comments figure go up I knew I should check out that story again.

  9. Yeah that’s one of the bugs we’re working on – those links were breaking the layout for some reason.

  10. I like the redesign but almost every time I come onto the site an error warning pops up saying something about not being able to move the focus because it is invisible. Anyone else have this, as I could do with knowing whether it’s the site or my computer.
    Good apart from that though.

  11. Vertigo, what browser (and version) are you using?

  12. What do you mean by “browser”?
    And “version”?
    I am not computer literate in any way.

  13. Fair enough.  What’s it say at the top of your window?  i.e. mine says "F1 Fanatic……. F1 season – Mozilla Firefox".  It’s the last part (after the "-") which is most significant.  It likely says "Internet Explorer".  If so, can you click "Help" : "About" from the top of the window, and pull the version number as well?

  14. It just says Internet Explorer, yeah. Also I am apparently on Version 6.0.2600.0000.xpclient.010817-1148IS, whatever that means.
    I like how F1Fanatic has become my own personal troubleshooting site. :-)

  15. Perfect.  Means you’re running Internet Explorer version 6.0 for Windows XP.  Possibly the worst browser out there, but unfortunately also the most popular… makes just about every web designer out there cringe in agony at the sheer mention of it’s name.

    btw… you can upgrade your web substantially (more secure, more stable, more features) by simply using firefox instead: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

    The installer is painless and takes roughly 3 minutes.

  16. Actually if you download it from here then I get some money! And it doesn’t cost you anything.

  17. Thanks a lot Scootin159.

  18. Happy Birthday F1Fanatic !
    For some reason the page didn’t load correctly yesterday, and I was privately wondering what you were on about and whether you were all on drugs ;) so I witheld comment.

    Now I can see it properly, I must say it does look great.

  19. A quick update on some of the bugs:

    – The IE6 flaw has been fixed
    – The numbers of comments have been added next to the articles
    – The ‘more’ links should now work properly.

    One outstanding problem that remains is that the tabbed menu doesn’t completely work properly when you arrive at certain pages after clicking on a comment. There are a few other minor style problems as well. If anyone’s spotted any other major problems, please do let me know.

  20. Firefox rules, although Opera deserves honourable mention.  Maybe if we could get all the web designers to ignore IE, Microsoft would have to give up on it…

    Thanks for fixing the comments numbering link, Keith.  I am a happy bunny again.  :)

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