New Instructables Categories and Channels are Live!

Our new categories and channels are now live!   Check out the previous forum topic for more information about why we made the changes, and how it will improve your experience on Instructables. 

We now have five top-level categories, each with lots of new channels.  Here's a brief rundown of the new categories:

Living has all things related to crafting, decorating, cooking, parenting, and organizing.
Play has all things related to fun and games.
Workshop is everything one might do in a workshop or shed: home improvement, woodworking, and working on cars or bikes.
Technology and Outside are very similar to the existing Outdoors and Tech channels.

Roam around the site and give the new categories and channels a test-drive. I bet the new scheme will make it easier to find neat old projects from our archives - with over 35,000 Instructables, there's bound to be something awesome you've missed!

As always, we're learning as we go and expect to do some tweaking to get our categories and channels exactly right.    One of the things you can do to help is make sure we've sorted your Instructables to the right place - check out the end of this post to learn how to recategorize your Instructables! 

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psharpep7 years ago
Nice new look, but the google custom search is impossible to use. I don't know who you hired to do a usability test but they really messed up on this one
Yikes these changes are confusing. I have no Idea whether what I want is "Living", "Play" (couldn't every instructable be considered play?), "Outdoors", or "Workshop". It could conceivably be any of those things.

Super vague.

The "Channels" are only slightly less vague and I don't know where to find a comprehensive list of all channels.

Usability fail.

What was wrong with the old layout?

Arbitror7 years ago
I'm really bummed about this whole new layout for Instructables... Where did the hand go? Why is there black at the bottom? To top it all, the Custom Google Search ruins everything. Sorry for being so negative, but the I'bles site I joined three years ago is slowly getting more and more hard and confusing to use...

Once again, sorry for being so negative, but I think the best way to go is with the layout from 6 months ago... I guess this new layout is best for people who are new to the site...
The five categories makes it hard to find things, and the search engine isn't very good at finding results that I want.  Five categories is way to broad, and it makes it harder to narrow things down. Sure the search engine will find things that contain keywords, but instructables users don't always put in the correct keywords, and what if I want to just browse? The previous version of instructables was perfect. Why did it get changed? Pretty much,

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
canida (author)  gimmelotsarobots7 years ago
Ah, but now we have TONS of very specific channels!  For example, you may be interested in the Robots channel - it's one of the many channels under Tech.   Nose around a bit.  I'm finding the channels make it a lot easier to find fun projects.

I'm glad to hear the previous version was perfect, though. ;)
Kiteman canida7 years ago
Maybe if pop-down menus (like the "see more" menu on an ible) were attached to the channel titles?

exactly, all this link-clicking just to see more is annoying.
Mot only that, but the search engine doesn't give graphical results. This means we must click on each link to see if it is what we are looking for. Coupled with loading time of each page, It makes me not want to use it.
canida (author)  gimmelotsarobots7 years ago
We're trying out Google's site search tool, since while our internal search had pictures it wasn't so good at returning relevant projects!  Thanks for the feedback.
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