New day, new MSN UK homepage
Front page unveiled - and now the rest of the site follows
Hi all -
A new day dawns and with it our re-launched MSN UK homepage. I really hope you like it!
The fresh designs are all part of a new approach on the site, highlighting great original, multi-media content and really upping our game around real-time coverage.
I've been talking a fair bit about this over the past few days, and you can also see some of our videos explaining the approach if you go to the Welcome to the new MSN video page.
So we are pleased with progress so far, but there is still a lot to do.
As I mentioned last night, the homepage is in place but we are now waiting for around 6,000 other pages to convert to our new designs. This is a lengthy process and it is taking longer than we had hoped. And while it is happening, our team in the newsroom has to pretty much sit back and wait for it to complete.
We are monitoring progress and looking out for obvious bugs. And in the meantime, there will be a mix of old style pages and new ones, and examples of the navigation corrupting as the process goes on.
So you are seeing the new site unfolding before your eyes. It will mean some pages are clearly "under construction", and there may be some broken links. But the pages are steadily working through the system and we'll get there!
I'll keep you up to date and feel free to send your feedback in the meantime.
Best wishes, Pete
who ever designed this new site shpould be fired!!!!!!!!!!!! msn uk where have the comments gone !!!!!!!!!!!!
I too will not return if we the users can not make comments!!
pull your f1nger out msn!!!!
Still overloaded with celeb rubbish. Why ? I , like many people, have no interest in what some orange coloured female is wittering on about, or what some silly boy singer is doing.
I'm all for change, but only if for the better.
What a mess! Totally agree with last post. Biggest gripe? ..... get rid of that continual scrolling news headline thing (just under Hotmail Inbox), or at least give us the option to hide it.
Its an absolute mess !!
Why change it was fine the way it was, We really should be given the option to stay with the original or have the new.
How/where do I change the colour of my homepage ?
Not that it can really be called mine as you keep changing things !!
Nice updated site but where have the comments gone? used to love commenting on stories and reading other comments, If this does not return then i wont be coming back.
You wanted feedback .
Since you withdrew the facility to comment on news articles, I'm sure you must have noticed that the articles are being visited far less frequently than before. (Last comment before this - 9 days ago, which, given that this is one of the few articles on which comments are allowed, seems to be a pretty big thumbs down.
Pretty sure your advertisers have noticed too - since they seem to have disappeared. All of which makes me wonder how MSN are funding the site and how they can afford to pay you.
If it was your idea to change the format and withdraw the facility to comment, I'd be worried for my job.
It is not good design and the lack of comments is a really bad idea. I may disagree with a lot of the comments and find some of them absurd or based in prejudice and factually incorrect, but I can always reply. Please bring back the comments!
(Posted this on your last blog post, but reposting here as the header problem is on all new pages including the two links you posted as finished articles - the MSN logo redirects to the American MSN site, thought you might need to know - Cheers, Ali).
Good job. Loving how clean the new look is.
Couple of things though.
The MSN logo on some of the pages redirects to the MSN.com (USA) web site. Take a look at a news article to see this. Might be just down to the rollout but thought you might like to know as those pages look done.
Also, as clean as the new look is, every page looks the same. Take a look at the Dutch MSN site (nl.msn.com) - they work with the same clean design but each channel is colour coded to give it an identity. With the new MSN design (and with the last one) you could literally be on any page and not know where you are. Colour coding each channel might go some way towards addressing that.
Anyway, just a thought. Loving the new homepage though, very clean and feels much more editorial and an active site now with rolling news and stories.
I Do not want uk home page it is for the younger people never liked the old one do not want uk home page.
now explain to me when you alterd my msn home from the US page and forced me to have the uk version why is it When I go on line I cannot access us one.
now to tell the reasons why I want the US version I can alter it to suit my needs.
I realy am peeved at what you have done because I try to go with Microsoft all the way in all things.
I am English born & bred however and proud of it you people are coming the Great British crap which meens I have got to do what you want no thank you if nothing alters in the near future then i wil sign out and go elsewhere
Hi Ali - thanks for the note, much appreciated. Things are settling down a bit now, and over the next couple of hours you should see things like the headers sorting themselves out. The logo redirect was a blip as the pages got amended, and that is OK again now.
When everything is in order, you should see that there is a colour code around each channel, and we also reflect this in a subtle way on the homepage. I like our channel homepages to share all the good stuff, but I don't want them all looking exactly the same.
Anyhow, keep up the feedback!
Hi - thanks for your comments so far. As I said, a lot of pages are still being converted so you won't get a complete view of the changes and what they really look like until this afternoon.
Once the dust has settled, we'll go through your feedback and give some clear responses to the main themes. Thanks, Pete
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