Slashdot — which founder Rob Malda named to have an intentionally obnoxious URL — generates about 4.2 million unique visitors per month, who leave 4 to 6 thousand comments per day on its proudly geeky, technology-related stories.
We talked to senior editor Tim Lord about the redesign, and he told us is the site’s first since 2011. Although he couldn’t give an exact timeline for when the new site would be out of beta, he predicts that it will be “a long and iterative process.”
At a glance, we dig the beta version for its cleaner look (sort of reminds us of when one of our readers redesigned Reddit). Slashdot wanted to redesign to look simpler, highlight community-promoted content, feature more prominent profile pages for community members, and have a better content filtering system.
“It’s a big upgrade,” Lord says.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
This is how Slashdot’s homepage looks pre-redesign:
Not the prettiest. The design is a little clunky and not all the possible browsing topics are represented on the side navigation.
This is the site’s new, cleaner looking front page:
When in “standard” or “super-size” mode, the site boasts big, beautiful photos for each story. However, if you think that the visual stimulation is too much, you can switch to the “classic” or “regular” version:
Finally, if you want the most information per single screen-glance, then the “diet” headline view is for you:
Besides the flashy new front page, Slashdot also redesigned its commenting system to make it more clear.
“That’s the core of our site,” Lord says about the amount of commenting. “We want to make conversations flow and make them easy to follow. Because that’s really what the meat of our site is.”
Here’s a comparison of the change: