Instructables

New Front Page For Instructables

I love the 'new' instructables' front page with the large search leader - arduino - which disappears when you highlight it and type in your criteria.  Well done guys - love it!

While I love the new look and search (good job guys) - it's unfortunate that you removed the display of 'ibles on the front page (I know, I know, there are a few 'popular' and some text only 'recents' at the bottom, but this isn't the same thing).

I used to use the front page heavily to 'browse' through the displayed 'ibles. Now I would have to click through to multiple category pages to view the same thing - which is a lot less likely to happen (maybe I should thank you for being less of a time sink though)

Overall, I like the design and think it will be better for existing/experienced users who use the search a lot more. But I think it would be less 'sticky' for new visitors than the old front page.
it doesn't work well for searching previous ibles that i had been to 7 or more times with the same search words. i found the ible only after searching through schoocamoro hot sauce contest recipes, where before i just searched used the terms pineapple mango hot sauce, or other combinations of ingredients. it is Favorited now, i though it was before, but who knows.
I love that new design too... Good done Instructables staff!
"Arduino" disappears with single click on it in my Chrome, so I think everything works fine..
bricabracwizard (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
The instructables staff fixed that one very quickly
pranjal121 year ago
The new design is just too good.The only thing I want to tell is why not make the contest page more open and showing the entries with some more space in between.
And also why not show all the entries on one page,its a very boring job to load the next page.The entries could load as we scroll down like in googlr images.
Still awesome website!!
Pranjal
Which OS and browser are you using? The text Arduino still sticks around in Chrome/winXP causing it to append to the search criteria unless you clear it out.
Did this clear up for you yet, or is it still getting appended?
The word arduino types itself out and occupies the entry line. A casual user will just start typing in whatever, say puppet. You click on the little magnifying glass icon to search. The search returns no results because you see the search criteria is "arduinopuppet". Most web designers would say, maybe the visual cue that it is a search box the text would be greyed out and it is an underlying graphic and you could just start typing there without doing any other work or else the occupying text should be highlighted so the instant you start typing the word arduino is deleted and not have any new text append to the string. See, this should be basic usability that your programmers should be looking out for but seem to try to prove that they ignore basic principles or have no knowledge or training in which invokes the ire of the public and professionals in the field.
You are indeed correct. We'll have a fix up for that shortly. It's a pretty awesome project generator though ;)
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bricabracwizard (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
This has now been sorted - thanks.
another one: when you click on the robot icon that shows up in a failed search to submit your own, it immediately takes you to a create step-by-step. What if you wanted to do a photo or video ible? What if you didn't know what to do and just started pressing buttons and published an empty ible? I'm guessing a lot of weird stuff will get added to the database and pass on through to the recent feeds which will show up on the homepage causing more problems.
bricabracwizard (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
This is a problem all three options should pop up. I also think links to a full on instructable which shows you how to use each method would be good. Some people can't work with a three description.
bricabracwizard (author)  lebowski1 year ago
Yep it's been cleared up.
bricabracwizard (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
Hi caitlinsdad, sorry my mistake I have changed the header to reflect this. I use Chrome too. I was immaturely enthusiastic........!
Oh, on second read I got the sarcasm. Maybe it needed the ;-). or not, I don't have a feel for these things.
bricabracwizard (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
I think sometimes I'm not sure whether it's tongue in cheek or a valid point....but I will add..... :)
ewilhelm1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback!
bricabracwizard (author)  ewilhelm1 year ago
Thanks for sorting this out.