The Expanded Frontpage

We recently launched a streamlined layout for the frontpage so that it would load faster for readers!

The feedback was great, so we made it the default.  We told the Bees that we hoped to see an increase in views and comments, but after going over the data… we realized that traffic to the blog has actually gone down.   So we made the painful decision to revert the default back to the expanded frontpage.

But if you prefer the streamlined layout, never fear!   We’re leaving it as an option so you can continue to view Weddingbee in the streamlined version.

Just mouse over the word “expanded” at the top of the page, click “switch to Streamlined”, and Weddingbee will show up in its streamlined version when you visit.

I love how fast the streamline view loads on my iPhone, but I also love the big pictures on the expanded view.  I find myself more likely to click into a post though, when I’ve had a chance to sample a bit more from the frontpage.

Which do you prefer — expanded or streamlined?

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Mrs. Bee

Location:
New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005

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    daisy417 24 posts, Newbee @ 1:34 pm

    After sleeping on it, I have decided I like the streamlined presentation better. It’s cleaner and I can just scroll through all the post and then click on the ones I really want to read. It’s probably because I always have the site opened at work. I take 2-3 min. breaks and check out the posts.

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    Irene - Eneri 32 posts, Newbee @ 1:39 pm

    Personally I like the expanded version much better so I am very happy to see the switch back! I only click and read the posts if I see pretty (and big) pictures :)

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    ScotIrishGirl 307 posts, Helper bee @ 2:03 pm

    I like the expanded, but I really like the option! Thanks for all of your hard work!

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    staceyb 262 posts, Helper bee @ 4:12 pm

    i much prefer expanded, both here and on other blogs i read… i just don’t like having to click on links to keep reading. :)

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:57 pm

    I use the expanded for the front page, but I am in love with the streamline for the older post! it’s great! :)

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:50 am

    Hooray for expanded! =)

    Though I do agree with a couple other people about recap posts not being as exciting to new viewers. Even to me, a lot of the recaps going on are from Bees that I came in too late to read, so I’m doing a lot of skimming lately.

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    melinda, Guest @ 4:53 pm

    I agree with heather25. Some of the posts lately just haven’t been great. I do enjoy reading recaps and DIY posts. I really enjoy the site and all of the bees, but like heather25 said, some of the posts just haven’t been really drawing me in. It’s hard to say which version is better b/c they both have their pros/cons…best of luck.

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