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?


Mrs. Bee

New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005
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    missvintage 571 posts, Busy bee @ 9:31 am

    You know, I never thought about it, but for viewing on my computer, I prefer the expanded (old) version to the new streamlined one.

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    melodyjune 244 posts, Helper bee @ 9:52 am

    Woohoo for expanded! Although I really don’t mind that much either way.

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    LoriLori 800 posts, Busy bee @ 10:13 am

    I like the expanded but it doesn’t matter much b/c I clcik “more” on all posts! I don’t always comment unless feel i have something important to add but I always read everything!

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    emerald 1057 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:21 am

    yay for expanded, definitely more likely for me to read posts!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:42 pm

    I was wondering what was different this morning. I’ve become attached to the streamlined version, even though I don’t view Weddingbee on my phone or anything. I think I’ll leave it streamlined for now.

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    lamb 953 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 pm

    I didn’t even notice until I read this post, but it made a lot of sense! I was thinking how good all the pictures looked today! LOL

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    mdarrah 1205 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 pm

    Im with Mrs Emerald – I am a fan of the expanded. Thanks for all the hard work Mr and Mrs Bee!

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    Jenny, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    I much prefer the expanded – Thanks for switching it back!

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    backyardwed 67 posts, Worker bee @ 1:33 pm

    I’m on the expanded bandwagon. I like having more of a preview to read before clicking the ‘more’ link. Also, sometimes the pictures are intended to follow a certain line of text. I was never a fan of streamlined since it follow that pattern.

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    backyardwed 67 posts, Worker bee @ 1:33 pm

    also… do you ever think there will be an iphone app for weddingbee to make it easier to browse posts :)

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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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