The New Template Has Arrived!

When we decided that our template needed a remake several years ago, we knew it was going to be a long and difficult process. We offered you a chance to give us some input in a recent post and now we are releasing the first iteration of the new template.

For those that saw the mockups and gave us your opinion, you will be happy to see we actually listened to many thoughts and incorporated them in our final design.  We worked with some people at Google to determine what features should be tossed and what to keep, and what we have ended up with, is what you see. We also acknowledge that not everyone will love the change, but we feel it is a move in the right direction. We’re really happy how it has ended up.

I want to offer a special thanks to [Stephanie Froehner] who put tons of time into making this template pretty, even if it has been hacked and slashed a bit since then.

Join me after the break for an explanation of some of the new features and upcoming features.

New features that are active right now:

  • Related hacks: After each story there are links to 5 hacks from the same category.
  • Staff picks: In the right column is a section for “staff picks” each week the staff agrees on a select few posts to add to the “staff picks”.
  • Social media stuff: You can now connect to social networks easier. We’re not forcing that on you. Don’t worry.

Features we plan on implementing soon:

  • Popular categories list in the right column: Displays a list of the categories that have posts with the most comment activity.
  • turn on the lights: a button to switch to a light colored theme for those that find the black and green to be too high contrast.
  • Possibly a new commenting system: There are several other systems available to us. We need to do more research before making any decisions.

Fixes slated to happen in the immediate future: (we will be fixing things. We won’t be doing everything anyone asks).

  • double spacing: needs to be a little tighter   fixed
  • post titles shouldn’t change size when you click on a post   fixed
  • favicon needs uploaded    fixed
  • related post formatting is not there for some reason.
  • speed improvements (changing the social buttons at the end of posts just helped a bunch) — ongoing

277 thoughts on “The New Template Has Arrived!

  1. Having actively viewed this site almost every day for the past six and a half years, I’m rather unhappy that the old template is completely gone. With all due respect to anyone who put the time in to make this new one, I think it looks like a quick color tweak on a crappy default template. I liked the old template, not just because I’m used to it, but because it conveyed the theme/mood of the site. This looks like a default template tweaked by some kid on his first free-hosted site to make him look like a “computer hacker”. If there was a way to choose the old look it would certainly make me happier about it. Though I’m sure I’m in the vast minority so I’ll only have memories of what it once looked like.

  2. I like the new design, I’m very happy to see that you’ve switched back to a regular search engine rather than that “custom google search” shit you were using.

    And that you actually took a lot of suggestions and the site just looks generally cleaner.
    I guess now I don’t have to release my firefox plugin to put back the original search now :)

  3. Had to reply for the first time,
    I love hackaday but I have to say I don’t like the new layout:
    – The font is too bright and spaced on the background
    – It has that “omg we need web 2.0” factor, the old layout fitted better
    – the header and menu look out of place

  4. Lots of wasted space and that sidebar is just a complete mess. Overall, this new layout manages to look less professional than the old one. The old layout was clearly trying for the retro minimal approach, while this one just looks like somebody’s first attempt at a custom WP theme.

    Though for what it’s worth, I expected it to be a lot worse.

  5. Ok, nice and clean but could you please turn on mobile version? It’s been taken down few days before this new template and as old site was readable on my phone this is just unsusable.

  6. New layout looks good. Just one issue I’ve discovered since the new template has gone live.

    I tend to leave one of my browser tabs open to HaD, so every few hours, or next morning I can just click refresh, and see the new content, however, since the new template has gone live, the refreshing doesn’t seem to be working correctly. Opening a new browser tab does update correctly, as it should. Sometimes the failed updating doesn’t just stay at the last loaded hack, but updates to somewhere between where the last hack was shown in the browser tab and the actual newest hack. Refreshing again at that point doesn’t update farther.

    Just thought I’d let you know.

  7. When are we going back to old style? This new style is FUGLY, space wasting and harsh on a readers eyes. Was a GUI/UI designed with useability creds anywhere in the buiding when this crap was thrown together?

  8. I am not sure what you guys were thinking when you decided to adopt this terrible format. Ads are as big as the news, confusing header line before the news, terrible. Others friends that also frequent this site agree with me. Please change the format or leave it as it was. I started to avoid had because of its confusing layout, ads spaces and weird featured blogs on top that give the impression that I am reading old postings… Bad decision. If it wasn’t broken, don’t fix it

  9. I have no right to complain, I definitely love the material; however, over the past month or so since the change I keep noticing I cannot skim the headlines very fast.

    Each morning I come into the office, has auto-loaded and is waiting for me to quickly scan the headers to see if there is anything I want to read. That scanning is not as easy in the new format.

    After a month or so of using the new format I think the reason scanning is so much slower is because the headers ARE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS. That just seems to naturally slow me down. Maybe you should look at a font that might use all caps, but the first letters of each word are bigger than the rest.

    Otherwise, still love the material!

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