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Engadget Redesign

Posted By Darren Rowse 18th of September 2006 Pro Blogging News 11

Gadget Blog fans will be interested in Engadget’s new design and list of features. They’ve rolled it out in the last hour and it’s definately got a new look and feel. Here are their main change headings:

  • User moderated comments
  • Comment logins
  • Dynamic content width
  • Breaking news, features box, Engadget Mobile headlines
  • Tags and tag feeds, comment feeds, and category feeds
  • Multiple podcast feeds!

The breaking news and features boxes are a good move. I’m sure they get a lot of visitors to their individual archive pages and this will help build page views.

I’m also interested in the moderated comments which allow users to have control in how they display and rank them. Wouldn’t work on many blogs with few comments (or wouldn’t be the effort to add it) but on blogs with lots of comments like Engadget gets it’d have an impact.

Interesting to see one of the top blogs reinventing itself like this. What do you think of the redesign?

PS – in terms of advertising – the main thing I notice about the new design at a first glance is that it seems to have a lot less ads on the main page in the content area. From memory they had quite a few of them (mainly AdSense).

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. previous design was better.
    Now is a little hard to read it because its with.
    That’s my opinion, maybe you think something else.

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  3. the Webslog blog stable looked much better in the bottom than the side.. The whole space looks cluttered. But it makes good space sense. Rather then filling it with ads, they are putting up ads for their own real estate and spreading out the Get Paid per Impressions Ads

  4. I don’t like it… it’s loading very slow only to me or to others too?

  5. I recently started reading your blog and I am really amazed at the kind of hardwork and dedication you have shown which led to your success. I have started a blog related to nice software (mainly small size), I have not implemented any advertisement to it yet because I’m pretty new. But I am learning from you. thanks for such a great informative site.

    Sid

  6. I am not a huge fan of the redesign. In fact it makes me want to run the other way.

  7. Loading very slowly … must be that “Dynamic content width” thing..

  8. The content inside the “Breaking News” column does not seem to be aligned when Firefox is used.

  9. The image scaling is a fantastic idea!

  10. Well researched site – will look to incorporate some of your ideas into my site.

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