Ahem. Notice anything different about the home page?

Like many websites these days—The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and National Public Radio, to name a few—we’ve been rethinking our site and how it’s organized, starting with the front page. What you see here is the first round in a work-in-process, with more changes to come.

The first thing you’ll spot is probably the new design for the Featured story carousel at the upper left—a lighter, more eye-catching format that’s easier to skim and then click on for the full story.

Below the slide show, a double-wide column called Latest Posts replaces the multiple categories that had been causing the same story to pop up far too many times across the home page. As usual, these short descriptions are just teasers—click on ‘Read More’ for the full story, or on the category (at left just under the teaser description, by the thumbnail image) for more stories on similar topics. And keep an eye out for the occasional video, viewable in small format right there in the teaser, or regular size in the full story.

At the upper right we’ve added something new: Media Roundup, a rolling list of headline links to stories of special interest elsewhere on the Web: news, profiles, opinion pieces, reviews, scientific findings, and more. It’s an update on the world, filtered through our perspective. And we hope it’ll become one of your regular must-check sources.

Other changes are more subtle:

  • A tiny, bright orange ‘W’ signature tile on the URL line at the top of the page
  • Today’s date (on the right side below the orange masthead area).
  • A larger ‘Share This’ toolkit at the top and bottom of each full story, making it easy to send a favorite article through almost 50 blogging, sharing, and social network outlets.
  • Twittering about a story has never been easier—just look for the bright green ‘Tweet’ or ‘Retweet’ button at the bottom right of each story.

As we say, this is the first round of changes in this ongoing work-in-progress. We’ve been listening to your suggestions, and we’d love to hear what you think of the changes so far.

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  • Diane Vacca March 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I don’t think it’s the number of images. I like to see the various stories highlighted in the feature carousel. It’s the transition– the fast, jerky slide– that people are objecting to. Isn’t there a way to change how one feature slides into another? Like a fade down, fade up?

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  • Lombardi Chris March 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for all the great feedback

    I took the number of images down to two. Does that help?

    The caption issue is dealt with, at least…..

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  • Rachel's Mom March 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I agree with Daughter Number Three, the slide is nauseating. Very bad transition.

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  • Diane Vacca March 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Daughter Number Three, you have sharp eyes! The spaces between words in the feature carousel’s descriptive text do gape. I also agree about the transition. It could be a little more serene… Slow it down or add a fade.

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  • Diane Vacca March 6, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Great work! This is a vast improvement.

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  • Daughter Number Three March 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Two things:

    The text in the feature carousel appears to be set to justify when it should be aligned left.

    Please (please please) change the transition in the carousel to fade or something other than slide. It makes me sick to look at it (seriously).

    Otherwise, looks good.

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