‘Simplify and add lightness’: A few design changes at F1 Fanatic

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You may have noticed some revisions to the layout of the site today.

The changes are far less radical than the last alteration to the site and are mainly aimed at making it easier to navigate, quicker to load and offer easier navigation.

The most significant changes are on the front page where you’ll notice the ‘grid’ format has been retired and replaced with a more conventional list of stories.

Beneath the top ten stories you’ll find a simple page list which allows you to browse through every article posted on F1 Fanatic.

Underneath that is another new feature – the top top most commented stories over the past 31 days. This is intended to help you keep up with the most popular content on the site. To the right of that is a revised list of latest articles across a range of categories.

There have been a few other changes throughout the site to improvement performance, reliability and fix some minor problems. Among them you should notice that logging in no longer redirects you to the home page – instead you are returned to the page you came from.

There are a few outstanding known problems which still require fixes, including on the mobile site. These will be addressed in future.

In the meantime if you have any feedback on today’s alterations please post details in the comments below. You can make suggestions for the site and report technical problems using the links below:

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78 comments on ‘Simplify and add lightness’: A few design changes at F1 Fanatic

  1. CNSZU said on 9th January 2012, 9:24

    Keith, please upgrade your logo too and add countdown timers to the next GP/practice session. Also, I don’t like the “notify me of followup comments” checkbox because I get emails for all new comments for the thread, I would prefer to only get emails for replies to my post. Thanks.

    It’s good that you keep focus on the community/comments because that’s what makes this site stand apart from the hundreds of other fan/news sites.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th January 2012, 11:22

      Thanks for the idea. I’m not using a countdown timer at the moment because it would just add more weight to the page and besides people can always use the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.

      If you register you can receive notifications when people respond to your posts via @-messages which you might find more useful than using the email comment subscriptions.

  2. SouthPawRacer (@southpawracer) said on 9th January 2012, 10:43

    Very nice changes, @keithcollantine… much better to navigate and preserves front-page status for a longer time.

    On another note… 930 pages of articles?! Just goes to show you how comitted Keith and the other contributors are to this blog.

  3. sid_prasher (@) said on 9th January 2012, 19:53

    Looks very neat!

    One suggestion – can we reduce the footer a bit? the driver list takes up too much space…

  4. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 10th January 2012, 0:21

    The one feature that I think still really needs to be re-added is a link to the last page of forum threads from the forum directory.

  5. UKFan (@) said on 10th January 2012, 2:43

    Both pretty and simple, great update thanks!

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th January 2012, 8:28

    Looking good to me. Looking forward to a proper browse.

  7. Maciek (@maciek) said on 10th January 2012, 12:45

    My two little cents: I find that the right-hand column now takes (or now seems to take) up more space than before, those buxom “create a cartoon you” ads there are a bit overly represented and overall the new layout seems a bit more cluttered somehow; but of course it’s all down to personal taste – it’s not gonna make me check in for my F1 fix any less often.

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