Today we released a few behind the scenes site updates and some new features. One of the features we released last year was the customize page. We determined that many of you weren’t going to this page, so we moved the functionality to the homepage. The primary site updates today are the following:
Sort & Filter Tab
On the homepage and search result pages, you will now see the “sort & filter” tab or the “filter results” tab hanging below the navigation bar on the right side. Clicking on the tab will show the sorting options and the filters sidebar. We hope moving this functionality to the homepage will make it easier to use.
When you are logged in and filtering a page, you now have the ability to not only save the page, but to make it your personal homepage. If you make the page your homepage, tapping on the site logo will load your personal homepage. You can always undo and revert back to the normal site homepage (latest page) in the filters sidebar or on my saved pages within your profile. For example, here is a search result for "healthy" excluding dessert & sweets that you could make your homepage to avoid sweet temptations.
Improved Category Filters
Previously when two or more categories were selected as filters, the results displayed posts that were in any of the categories. We tweaked the filters so only posts that are in all selected categories are returned, which will provide better, narrower results.
The posts on the popular pages were self-fulfilling. Once a post got on a popular page, they remained there as the popular pages get a lot of traffic, which meant the posts on these pages contained mostly older posts. To provide fresher content, we changed the “popular last 7 days” and “last 30 days” pages to only display posts that were published in the last 7 days or last 30 days. Previously, posts published at any date could make it on the popular last 7 days and last 30 days pages. The popular all-time pages will not change.
Today’s updates are relatively minor, but we are working on some significant user experience (UX) and design changes. The mobile UX will be impacted the most and hopefully improved upon. The tablet and desktop UX will remain very similar with an improved design. We are really excited about the next set of site enhancements! Here are some features that you’ll see coming soon…
- Infinite scrolling (don’t worry pagination lovers, we have you covered)
- Better navigation
- Improved mobile UX (think iPhone app UX)
- Lighter page weight for faster page loading
If you have any feedback or see anything wonky on the sites, please send us note via the contact form.
P.S. Have you met the gawkerverse team yet?
After 7 months of design, development and a lot of testing, we are extremely excited to launch the new look of the gawkerverse. We are starting out with foodgawker and rolling out the new design to the other sites in the next few days. The redesign adds some new features and a little more polish to the sites. It’s also a responsive web design, which means the layout adapts and optimizes to whatever device (mobile, tablet, desktop, etc.) you use.
We are going to follow-up this post over the next few weeks and give more detailed descriptions and tips on using the new and old functionality, but we want to highlight a few now.
The first new feature is the hover bars on the photo cards (desktop browsers only).
The title is shown and you can now share the post via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc., by hovering over the photo. We also added a magnifying glass icon for easier access to the post permalink page to see categorization and tags.
The customize feature allows you to tailor and save pages to your tastes and preferences. Custom pages are essentially saved searches without the need to enter a search term. Here are few examples of custom pages we created…
* Healthy, fruits and veggies <- vegan, fruit and vegetables excluding desserts
* Asian food <- posts from select bloggers who cook mainly Asian dishes
* Desserts, no vegan/gluten free <- desserts excluding vegan and gluten free
We cleaned up and simplified pagination. Now you can enter the page number, hit the return/go key on your keyboard and go directly to the page you want.
The responsive web design impacts mobile the most. You’ll see the desktop ads disappear, the navigation collapse, the footer minimize and the photo cards reduce to mini-cards. The layout out should work well whether it’s iOS, Android, Windows Phone or any other modern mobile platform.
On mobile, you’ll need to go to the post permalink page (tap on the magnifying glass) to view a larger image, categorization, tags and to share via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and more.
You may notice the page numbers only change with every other page load. The page numbers match the desktop site page numbering, but we are splitting the desktop page (46 posts) into 2 pages (24 and 22 posts) on mobile. This reduces the length of scrolling and page weight on mobile for faster loading.
Match by keywords in search - when we launched advanced search, we implemented phrase matching to get better results on search terms, but we realized that it was too restrictive. Now a search for chocolate cake will return all results that have the terms chocolate and cake anywhere in the post title, description or tags. If you want to match exactly by phrase, just add quotes around your search terms, e.g. “chocolate cake”.
Fixed favorites sidebar bug - if your username had a space, period or any other odd character in it, the favorites page wouldn’t show the categories or your tags in the sidebar. This has been fixed.
Search Bar - search is still in the same location in the header. If your screen width can only support three columns of photo cards, the search bar has been collapsed. Just click/tap on the search icon to expand the search bar.
I’d like to thank Maria, our designer, for coming up with a great look and feel. I’d also like to thank Sandy Sage and the Crowd Favorite team for developing and implementing the responsive design. I believe everyone is tired of my nitpicking and pixel pushing of the design and code. Thanks to the all the gawkerverse team members who helped out in user testing. It took us awhile to get the redesign launched, but I’m very happy with the results.
Even though we have launched the redesign, there are more refinements we want to make and will do so in the upcoming weeks and months.
Between the gawkerverse and the Crowd Favorite teams, we have tested the new design on 10+ browsers and a few dozen devices. We weren’t able to test across all mobile devices as there are just too many smartphones out there. So, if you see any issues or just have feedback, please drop us a note via our contact form.
We hope you enjoy the new design!