Search Engine Watch's New Design

Jul 24, 2007 • 7:52 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO & SEM Forum News
 

Yesterday, Search Engine Watch and the blog and forums, underwent a redesign and had features added. There is a Search Engine Watch Forums thread now discussing the changes. I thought I do a before and after comparison.

The Home Page Before: SEW Design 07-19-2007

After: Search Engine Watch New Design 7-23-07

A Search Day Article Before: SEW Design 07-19-2007

After: Search Engine Watch New Design 7-23-07

The Blog Before: SEW Design 07-19-2007

After: Search Engine Watch New Design 7-23-07

The Forum Home Before: SEW Design 07-19-2007

After: Search Engine Watch New Design 7-23-07

Forum Post View Before: SEW Design 07-19-2007

After: Search Engine Watch New Design 7-23-07

Those are the side by side comparisons.

Personally, the new look is a lot more "airy" due to the white new look. The homepage has this new AJAX tabbed approach to see content from SearchDay, Forums or the blog. The forum upgrade added the latest VBulletin features, which is nice - especially the quick reply. My only issue is the smaller fonts used throughout the site, and even more so on the forum thread titles within the thread views of the forum.

One other thing is that this new design reminds me a little of SEO Chat: SEO Chat Design

Overall, the feedback in the forum on the new design is positive. It will take a bit getting used to, but that will happen over time.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

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Comments:

Philipp Lenssen

07/24/2007 11:37 pm

The fonts are way to small. That was my first impression, and I can see I'm not alone. Also, the blog doesn't allow comments, and maybe they should consider putting the blog right on the frontpage (searchenginewatch.com instead of blog.searchenginewatch.com).

Drew Stauffer

07/25/2007 01:10 pm

Feels a lot like sitepoint.com to me. I hope there not done with everything...seems a bit plain.

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