My analysis of this current website: bad performance and bad design.

anon(5969054)

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First of all this is not an insult to the people behind this website. I am sure you are working hard to improve it over time. I love all the news that comes from this website. But I can't help but notice that I am starting to avoid this website more and more due bad performance and bad design. I prefer using the app on my phone. I hope you do something with this feedback as I'm sure many people would agree with me. Down below my two biggest gripes with this website.

Performance
The site takes too long to load and it doesn't scroll smoothly. Before you ask, yes I do have fast hardware, all the latest software and I did already reset all IE11 settings and delete cache etc. Also updated mouse drivers and video drivers to latest versions. It is certainly the site that is not very well optimized.

Design
I will show you a series of 4 screenshots with descriptions in them that explain my biggest gripes.
All the red space is the space I totally ignore when scanning this website. All the green space is useful to me and my eyes go there. As you can see, there is too much red, and not enough green space.

Frontpage:
wpc1.png

Further down the frontage:
wpc2.png

Opening an article:
wpc3.png

Further down the article:
wpc4.png

Thank you for hearing me out. :)
 

David Lundblad

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Hey Crise, thank you for the detailed feedback - I really appreciate the way it was put together.

I'm frustrated by many of these issues too and have been working hard this year to solve them. Over the coming months you will start seeing more changes on the site that aims to address most of the concerns you have.

I hope you will continue to look at the work we do with a healthy critical perspective - I want us to always be improving.

Thanks again,
​David
 

tgp

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I have absolutely no problem with the site. I did, until I installed an adblock extension on Chrome. The site is almost unusable without that.
 

Mellifluous

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I agree the app is nicer to use. I used to have severe lag on the mobile website as well but it is much better now so credit where credit's due!
 

PepperdotNet

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Agreed with all the above. I'll go one further, anytime I open any page on this site, the first thing I have to do is scroll down an excessive distance because of all the huge stuff at the top. Even on my giant monitor at work, with the browser maximized, I can almost, but not quite, see one line of actual text from the article I clicked on.

This is very annoying.
 

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