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Back in December 2006, we asked for your feedback, suggestions and what you would like to see improved on the site. Many of you obliged us with your time, gave us invaluable suggestions and offered some quick tips for improvements. We made notes, and have been […]

Back in December 2006, we asked for your feedback, suggestions and what you would like to see improved on the site. Many of you obliged us with your time, gave us invaluable suggestions and offered some quick tips for improvements.

We made notes, and have been diligently trying to put that into practice. Ideacodes, a design firm I highly recommend, who designed the original site, re-tweaked the design for nearly a month, before we settled on the one you see. I asked them that we have to keep the best features of the site – layout and colors – and at the same time simplify the site.

The biggest complaint was about the sidebar clutter, and we have tried to address that in this revision. While polls have not gone away, they are understated. Rest of the elements that proved to be distracting has been eliminated. We have tried to balance the commercial realities with the design aesthetic.

The other big complaint was that “comments” were not that obvious, and people had a hard time finding them. We made it our top priority and addressed that issue, hopefully to your satisfaction.

One big change you will see is right up top. There was a suggestion that we should create a simple navigation bar for all the sites in the network. Some of the readers wrote in and said that there were too many tabs.

We came up with a simple and obvious taxonomy.

Web, Voice, Mobile and Broadband!

The Daily that is a new name for our reporter’s log of short posts about interesting news developments. You can see the five most recent log items in the little block in the middle column.

Other changes are subtler – fonts have been changed to make the site more readable, especially for our readers who are on Microsoft’s Windows platform. Another requested feature was “Print This” button, and we have added that as well.

So that’s it – let us know if we have followed your instructions and if you are pleased with this revision.

PS#1: Archives, E-Mail This and other small features will be rolled out later this week/weekend. And in case you are interested, my personal blog, Om Daily has gotten a makeover as well.

PS#2: Emily, Max, Chancey, Joey and Barry – thanks for all your hard work and making this release possible. You have my eternal gratitude and admiration.

By Om Malik

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  1. Looks good! Good work taking advice and putting it into action.

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  2. I don’t know . . . Why is the main column so narrow? It’s definitely narrower than before. I’ve got a 2-inch wide left-hand margin in my browser. Is this designed for 800X600 pixel display or something? It hurts the readability on my widescreen monitor.

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  3. Jesse

    The design is for the 1024 X 800 size monitors and the main column is down by about 10 pixel. If you make your browser smaller, you would see that the gap is not that much.

    I think it was trying to balance the size and usability. We will fine tune this as we get more responses and feedback.

    Your point is noted.

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  4. I also feel the main column should be more wider.

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  5. Yay for finally getting it launched! This turned out pretty good. Cleaner and faster. :)

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  6. Is the India section dropped in the new design ? Or will you roll it later ?

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  7. Amit,

    India section is still in place and there are no plans to ever drop that. It is just so that we have consolidated on the four top level categories and then everything else is pretty much the same. All Rss feeds etc would work. Notice the “categories” at the bottom of the post.

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  8. Cool!
    The site looks better.

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  9. Good job! Looks much better.

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  10. Please widen the main body, its too cramped, there is a big area of space on the right and a little bit on the left that isn’t being used

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