Want to see the new MoneySavingExpert.com? Want to help? Blog Discussion

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  • I'm not a newbie as such...have been receiving the weekly email for ages now but find it difficult to navigate round the forums and continually get 'lost'...hence 'my favourites' has a MSE folder full of links!! I love the look of the new front page and think it will help to navigate through the site more easily.
    Just when I think I've graduated from the school of experience....someone goes and thinks up a new course!
  • pennymakespoundspennymakespounds Forumite
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    looks brilliant

    very sharp, clear and " idiot proof" .

    i have found sometimes it's difficult having to click around current site looking for certain things.
  • It's a bit garish for my liking.

    I do have a few points, if you're looking for some serious feedback and not "OMGWTF!! That is soooo kewl!"-style comments :)

    Using shiny Web 2.0-style headers for the boxes is fine, but I dont think the shiny silver ones for each item on the Tools panel (and probably Funny Money Links too) are required. They're overkill IMHO.

    The Top Tips Email box at the top is a bit large. I suppose this was deliberate in that the email is an important part of the site, but it's still blinkin' big. Also, that's not a Flash object is it? Please say it isn't so.

    Things look to be grouped in a better fashion now, which I like. The rounded, coloured strips across the top of each group box should be a touch thinner - about half size perhaps - as they're just dead space really. Unless you're going to add captions to them?

    The area to the right of the Top Tips Email box is very sparse in comparison to other areas of the page.

    It's a bit of a jumble of info, but I realise you're trying to show a lot of information on a single page here, and as you say Martin, for most people the bottom boxes won't be visible without scrolling down. It still looks cleaner than the current site. I'm never going to be a fan of colour schemes as strong as this, but I am happy that the beige has gone.

    The only thing I really dislike is the look of the links across the top of the site, just under the heading banner. They're in a pretty good spot, being main category links, but have a 'plonked on' feel to them. Maybe tame the colours (reduce the range), make the Home link less squashed (I know it's supposed to be attached to the red strip that runs behind the icons for each section, but it looks odd).

    I don't know how the site adapts to varying client widths. It looks like it should scale pretty well so I'll say no more on that other than "I hope it does" :)

    The Home link in the page banner (above the Forum link) can be omitted if the MSE banner itself - as is largely common practice these days - links to the home page. This is especially so as there is a Home link on the category bar.

    I also have a question. Is the redesign going to work on all browsers - that is, no longer 'optimised for IE'? Many browsers do a good job of rendering the site but wonkiness in text layout can still occur (speaking of the current site here of course) and, without wanting to sound too blunt about it, requiring the user to use any one particular browser is a terrible practice.

    Overall though, it's pretty good. I don't come here for the visuals anyway, so it's really down to how easy it is to get at the information. It looks like it'll do that job sufficiently well, so all is good :)
  • RedBooties wrote:
    The only thing I really dislike is the look of the links across the top of the site, just under the heading banner. They're in a pretty good spot, being main category links, but have a 'plonked on' feel to them. Maybe tame the colours (reduce the range), make the Home link less squashed (I know it's supposed to be attached to the red strip that runs behind the icons for each section, but it looks odd).

    I have to agree with this.

    Also - the colours of the buttons at the top should really match the small icons next to each topic. These icons should be consistent as well.
    For example Health care is currently:
    - pink heart on green at the top
    - black heart on pink in most popular
    - black phone on blue in latest
    Still wish I could buy a TARDIS instead of a house!
  • clairehasclairehas Forumite
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    i think that the new site will be pretty good, to me it looks a lot clearer and easier to use!

    well done!
  • I like the color scheme. The layout seems packed but organized.

    I'll help beta test it.
  • nelly_2nelly_2
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    Im colour blind, but dont have any problems seeing it.

    My 1st impression on seeing it was... 'Whoa too much infomation'

    the different colours on the buttons doesnt make any sense and the colour of the mortgages button doesnt match the one in the Most popular and latest money saving boxes. The brown(?) and green(?) buttons are ugly and dont fit.
  • Gordon_the_MoronGordon_the_Moron Forumite
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    I like it but if it was me I'd tone the colours down a bit, to my mind it is a bit silly having 3 home links at the top of the page (the home button above the forum button, the home button under the heading and the heading itself if it still links like it does now)

    Latest money saving and most popular money saving should be the other way round IMO, with latest on the left being the first you see. Also tools should be vertically aligned to the top not the bottom next to those two. The search box has an element missing in it, it just looks like an input box for search the site and then a quick links menu, how does this allow for the current search boxes tool of finding a finance providers website and searching the forums?

    Designing for one browser is bad practice as has been said, I don't use Internet Exploder (and refuse to for anything apart from site's that won't work outside it, and those usually don't have content worth looking at) I don't have any problems with the current design working in Firefox though.

    If that is a Flash object as someone asked before, DON'T. Flash is to web design what Simon Cowell is to fashion and Jordan is to virginity.
    If you don't like what I say slap me around with a large trout and PM me to tell me why.

    If you do like it please hit the thanks button.
  • Looks brilliant.
    :grouphug: Things can only get better.
  • niccyniccy Forumite
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    hi all, there dosn't seem to have been many posts on here lately,has the thread moved on elsewhere?
    living on the "edge"
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