LW Update 2019-04-02 – Frontpage Rework

by Raemon 7mo2nd Apr 20198 comments


Since LW2.0 launched, the frontpage had become very complex – both visually and conceptually. This was producing an overall bad experience, and making it hard for the team to add or scale up features (such as Q&A, and later on Community, Library and upcoming Recommendations)

For the past couple months, we've been working on an overhaul of the frontpage (and correspondingly, the overall site design). Our goal was is to rearrange that complexity, spending fewer "complexity points" on things that didn't need them as much, so we could spend them elsewhere.

Frontpage Updates

  • Tooltip oriented design.
    • It's easier to figure out what most things will do before you click on it.
  • Navigation Menu
    • Helps establish the overall site hierarchy
    • Available on all major site pages (not Post Pages, where we want people to read without distraction)
    • Improved mobile navigation (shows up as a tab menu at the bottom)
    • Eventually we'll deprecate the old Nav Menu (still available in the header) and replace it with a collapsible version of the new one.
  • Home Page streamlining
    • Moved Recommend Sequences and Community over to the Nav Menu, so there are only 3 sections to parse
    • Post Items simplified down to one line.
    • Latest Posts now only have a single setting: "show personal blogposts", instead of forcing you to figure out immediately what "meta", "curated" and "daily" are.
    • Post List options are generally 'light cobalt blue' – not too obtrusive, but easier to find when you want them.
  • Questions Page now has two sections:
    • Recent Activity – simply sorted by "most recently commented at", so if you respond to an old question it will appear above the fold.
    • Top Questions – also sorted by "recently commented", but filtered to questions with 40 or more karma, so that it's easier to catch up on updates to highly upvoted questions.
  • Community Page
    • UI updated to match Home Page.
    • The group section now shows 7 groups instead of 3, and has a load more button.