I am getting annoyed by all these new "fixes" to the layout on this site. I really wish it would go back to the 2 column layout with featured on one side and popular on the other. Look so much cleaner and nicer.
Topic by Phade | last reply
Hi All, The homepage of Instructables gets a big makeover today, you may have noticed! If you're logged out, you'll continue to see the same rotator with huge, beautiful images that you know and love. If you're logged in, you're going to see your customized feed (if available) or "top picks" (if not). Top picks are the same projects that appear on the logged-out version of the homepage, so if it's the variety of fun projects that keeps you coming for more, there should be nothing lost. We've had terrific feedback on the "feed" related features -- people love the personalization of Instructables, and come back for more when we're able to show them exactly what they came for in the first place. Now, we're dialing it to 11. We know the homepage is a big driver of traffic for many new projects, so there may be concerns that projects on the homepage will get fewer views. We don't anticipate this will be substantial, since most visitors to the homepage are logged out. We hope you like it!
Topic by pseaton | last reply
What's happened to the giant authors photos that used to appear on the homepage? Last time I saw them was a couple of days ago. What I see now is a big gray rectangle with a smaller contest banner in it (it changes everytime I refresh the page). Is this normal? If this is the way it should be, I apologize for posting this in the "Bugs" section! ps: I preferred the homepage with the moving photos! :)
Topic by lindarose92 | last reply
I've just released some changes to the layout of the site. The home page is different; we're trying how things go if we sort by the top-level categories, if that helps people find things they're interested in more easily. We have also added the ability to allow authors to 'feature' comment threads on their Instructables. You'll see a checkbox by the bottom of each top-level comment marked "Feature Comment". Checking it will pull that comment and all its replies to the top of the comments, and keep them there (it will also close that thread to further replies so as not to be hijackable). We expect this to be used for threads that really add a lot to the Instructable, but which are in danger of becoming hidden on later comment pages as additional comments are made. Use sparingly! Also note that the rearrangement does require a page refresh; the thread won't pop to the top immediately. There are a couple other small layout changes as well, nothing too big. Also we've done a little work on contest management, which will help the admins do their work more easily but doesn't show for everyone else.
Topic by rachel
Well, here's my Instructables Homepage idea, I just want people to see it.Some might not know how this will work, so let me explain. -Pop ups go where is says "Pop up Ad", etc.-Contests go where it says "Contest Listings go in here"-Community blog goes where it says blog.TOP-Instructables Robot goes to the help page. (the bubble thing too)-Click on "Instructables" or the hand, and it goes to the homepage.-Mouse Mouse! That's the special Instructables that's always on the home page.-Popular/ Most Rated/ Most Viewed/ RANDOM. These buttons will direct you to the desired button thing..-"Check out these cool Instructables." Not able to click.MIDDLE AND ETC.-Featured. Instructables will be going down that isle thing, and at the bottom, click the button to see more featured Instructables.-Popular. Same as Featured.-Zeitgiest. Same as featured/ popular.-Same thing with blog, click the "see more blogs" to obviously see more blogs..RIGHT SIDE-Forums. Well, it can be in any order, but it's going to be like how it is now. When you hover over any of those buttons, it will come out, like how you hover over forums now, and it comes out. All the same stuff will be in there as normal.-Groups. Same as forums.-Instructables. Same as Groups.-SlideShows. Same as Instructables.-Videos. Same as you know what.-Newsletter. Takes you to newsletter.-Submit. The stuff that comes out when it says "submit" will come out.-YOU. Takes you to your YOU page. www.Instructables.com/you-SEARCH. Obviously the search bar.-ART/CRAFT/FOOD/GAMES/HOME/LIFE/OFFBEAT/RIDE/TECH. Click on one. It takes you to the desired one.-Robot on the side of tabs stuff. Just a decoration.-About/ contact/ news/ blah blah. Takes you to whichever one you click.-MAKER STORE. Maker Store.-Instructables Store. <--- "Repeat".THIS WILL BE A BIT DIFFERENT IF PUBLISHED, BECAUSE THE HOMEPAGE IS BIGGER. THIS IS JUST A PIECE OF GRAPH PAPER, DRAWN BY A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD.....and a few months.Here's the link to the image.The image is below if you don't want to move your mouse to the link.Click the link though, it's full size on the link I gave you.Thanks for looking, tell me what you think! (Even if you hate it.)If you have any questions about anything I did not mention, ask me in a comment!Thanks!
Topic by GorillazMiko | last reply
I logged in to my pro membership account this morning and saw that there was not one, but several ads being displayed on the Instructables homepage. The worst of them is a giant video ad promoting a new show at the top of the page! Can anyone explain to me why I'm suddenly seeing ads even though I'm a pro member?? I know that the organization needs revenue, but they got it in the form of membership money from me, so I should't have to see these ugly ads. This disappoints me tremendously...
Topic by He11uvaCook | last reply
We're pleased to have Craftsman sponsoring Instructables in a big way. You can see part of this sponsorship on the homepage, where we're running exclusive ads from Craftsman and some background images for the next couple of days. In the very near future, we're going to start a contest with Craftsman, which will be our biggest to date. More on that later, but you're going to love it, and I'm really excited about it.Finally, their Nextec Auto Hammer looks really cool, and I can't wait to try one out.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I know the staff, and some members, are tired of hearing criticism of the recent changes the site has undergone. Some is probably valid, most is just knee jerk. I don't want to pile on, more than I already have, but after seeing the homepage today I have to say something. I've attached a screen shot of the current home page full screened on a 23" monitor. Lets say I'm visiting Instructables for the first time. Is a giant, scaling, Radio Shack advert really the only thing you want to show up? (Since the ad scales with the window yo would need a huge screen to be able to see anything else on landing, also if you aren't full screen it is literally all you see besides the header.) Sure there are a links to the categories but what if I'm new and don't know those are the categories or what they mean. What if I'm a regular but don't know what category the thing I'm looking for is in? Search you say, just use the search bar. Right, ok, just as soon as I find it. Oh you mean this giant thing in the middle of my screen that typed out like it's a non-usable flash animation when I first landed? What if I don't know what I'm looking for, lets call it browsing. Looks like there are some featured projects down below. *scrolls down* One project with a picture large enough to discern it's subject, three with shrunken down thumbnails, and 8 more in a wall of text with no pictures to give any context to the titles. This home screen is no longer a hub for the site. It's 50% add, 25% blank space, and 25% links to specific things. With the giant ad filling the entire screen the stuff below feels like it is tacked on as an afterthought. It really feels like it was designed around the ad. You have to know what you are looking for for it to even be remotely useful. Over 3/4 of the time if I'm am looking at a project on Instructables I found it by browsing ALL the categories, at once, on the old homepage. Unless I'm looking for something specific I'm not going to spend the time to click through every catagory just to see what's up. I have broad interests and jumping to 6 different pages just isn't going to cut it. It also makes it feel very disjointed. You go from a page with almost no content to a page filtered down to 1/6th of the sites content, at most. This isn't just bad for people browsing either, this will directly impact authors as well. With only one decent sized picture and only 4 pictures total what are the chances your project is going to make the front page? Average case I would assume people might click through half of the six categories in the current format. Right there that's a probable 50% drop in eyes even seeing your project, click through rates will decrease that number further but those could actually rise (as a percentage of the total people that see the project. This doesn't cancel out the first decrease though). A 66% decrease is also plausible and of course roughly 83% is worst case. If the browser doesn't win and the author doesn't win then who wins? Unless Radio Shack has paid for all the space on the top of the home screen, in which case the Autodesk balance sheet wins, nobody does. It causes me some concern that the reasoning given for the major format changes to the Instructables themselves was to really emphasize the pictures, and I believe the same ting was said about the previous homepage update, but now pictures of projects have almost entirely been removed. The motivation here is fuzzy at best. I would love to hear from someone on that staff that knows the actual reason behind the change. If it makes sense I'm willing to listen and adapt my usage habits but if this is simply a numbers game in the ledger book then this probably signals the end of me browsing other peoples projects. (Unless a staff member will actually come out and say it's a money grab in which case I appreciate the honesty and maybe we can all work together to find a way to generate more income. The last thing we want is Instructables to go under.) EDIT: Interestingly it's not as bad in IE8 (The ad that is. The lack of projects is still quite apparent) but there is a little issue with the scaling of the "search bar". Maybe the ad size is a bug, as there is at least one other FF bug already spotted, see below. Also the image comment system seems to have reverted to the old style click and drag, at least here in the forum. Maybe it nerev changed, I don't post photos here much.
Topic by bwrussell | last reply
Do featured posts on the homepage vary from account to account? I noticed this was the case when I logged into my secondary account, the featured posts on the homepage were completely different from the ones that show up when I log in with my usual account.
Topic by SeamusFrederick | last reply
The homepage no longer shows a background image behind the search bar. The search bar on the homepage doesn't show what I'm typing unless i highlight what i did type. And finally when i try searching for something the results page is full of nothingness where the thumbnails should be. This is a very annoying problem, i would like to search for the projects i want to as opposed to whatever is on the homepage. The site used to work perfectly on my computer but one day this issue came about and has not resolved itself. I tried everything to get this to work including disabling all my spam/ad blocker plugins and disabling my firewall with no results. i really want this fixed but i have run out of ideas for getting this resolved, please help!
Topic by pmk222 | last reply
Hey instructables, just wanted to let you know, there are two technology headings and no Everything heading on the homepage.
Topic by Cbamford | last reply
Software security issues are often obvious to a second pair of eyes. I just posted the PHP scripts for my personal contact homepage as an instructable:Simple PHP personal contact homepage (web3.0!)Can you hack it? Preferably a copy on your local machine and not on my actual server... I deleted all my administration files and classes prior to making this post, just in case.I have two primary concerns:1. General PHP injection attacks. Proper handling and escaping of form data.2. The admin interface has a sessions based authentication mechanism. Login is compared to a MD5 hash of the password, then a session is created with an MD5 hash of the user's IP address. Each subsequent page load compares the authenticated session IP with the user's IP address (again, an MD5 of both). The goal is to prevent remote session stealing related flaws by tying the session to an (unknown...) IP address. Obviously if you have access to the local machine this is all moot, but there is little I can do about that. If an intruder were to get around the session authentication, they would be able to upload files just about anywhere on my server using the admin upload interface. This is a bit of a concern...I think in light of this, I'm going to add an option to limit the web admin interface to one IP address. My IP is fairly static, and if it changes, simply upload a new config file by ftp.
Topic by ian | last reply
How do you get on there in the first place? Like, how many views?
Question by Jessie Marie | last reply
Is there a reason that when I: Load the homepage Scroll down to the "featured/popular/recent" area Click on an instructable Read instructable (or not) Click BACK button The home page loads in my browser again at the "featured/popular/recent" area for a moment and then jumps back to the top of the page where the slideshow of the featured authors is at? Every other website, that I can think of, returns to the same portion of the page I was at when I click the BACK button. Now, I'm sure you guys are proud of your new, shiny, homepage. But...
Topic by robertrunyon | last reply
First of all, I want to thank the staff member that clicked on that awesome button! Who doesn't love having their 'Ible get featured in the Homepage? But I have a couple questions: When my SpectrumLED Instructable got featured in the Newsletter, I got a 3-Month free PRO, And another 1 full year PRO. Now, When my LED Workshop Lighting 'Ible got featured, I got a free 1 full year PRO, But without the 3-Months. Why is this? Before you think I'm just greedy, I don't need these. I like giving away a free 3-Month PRO Membership to members that make my project and share pictures. I already have enough years of free PRO... ;) My second question is: Do all Instructables that get featured on the Homepage get featured in the Newsletter? And... My third: My Instructable was at the top right of the homepage, Meaning that it was the most recent one that got featured on the Homepage. It stayed like that for several hours, But then it got "covered" with 'Ibles that were featured before that on the Homepage. Aren't they supposed to move down to the bottom? About an hour after that, I refreshed it again, And it moved to a different place again. Are they supposed to be organized randomly like that?
Topic by Yonatan24 | last reply
As of recently, whenever I click on anything in instructables.com (a link to a guide, view all steps, links within the page, ect), the page will show up and then near immediately redirect to either the homepage or the Submit page! I'm not sure why it's doing it... I recorded a screencast since screenshots wouldn't help :) Thank you! (I can always upload this to youtube if it's preferred) The below is an example: I only refreshed the webpage once http://screenr.com/CoO8
Topic by magicakes
As you can see we've launched a new home page + new headers and footers! Please poke around, as the dust is still settling, please submit any bugs to the bugs forum. We will be doing bugfixes as we find things to fix. We hope you like the new layout! Gregg Horton Instructables.com
Topic by frenzy
My poor pc is in trouble. I use XP. When i use internet explorer instead of my MSN and YAHOO page coming up i get this rubbish search engine called "searchme1000" coming up or one of those pesky ad things called "CELLDERADO::::" I am a bit of a low-tech guy but this has gone beyond a joke. I tried a website blocker but it does not work well. The offending software keeps trying. I hove Norton but it blithely lets the buggers in. the mouse is so angry he could...SQUEAK!!!
Topic by maninamousesuit | last reply
AudreyObscura here, I have been the gal photographing most of the featured authors for the recent homepage re-design. I am encouraging YOU! YES, YOU! to help us keep our homepage exciting and fresh! We are seeking excellent images of the community's authors, but keep in mind we have a particular aesthetic we are seeking: Images of Authors working on their projects Portraits of Authors in their workspace (kitchens! studios! where ever you make stuff!) High-res, well lit images (2000 px on it's SHORTEST side) Land-scape orientation Strong compositions Excellent accompanying instructables I will continue to photograph local authors, and I'll keep the forum updated as I travel to other areas. I'll tell you where I'll be, and you let me know if you want a photo taken while I'm there. By no means should we limit ourselves to featuring just the authors that I am able to visit. So take great picture of yourself working on your projects, and we might just feature your work in our Homepage Rotator. If you want more information feel free to PM me and I will try and coach you through making great photos for the site. Please post your photos in the forum topic below :) YAY!!!!!!
Topic by audreyobscura | last reply
Come here and say what you think about the new home page. I think it's beautiful and simple but there are some small bugs. I'm having trouble posting replies on different threads. I love the new home page but if you could add text to the pictures that would be cool. I do want to thank people who created and designed the homepage for putting it here, I know it was a lot of hard work. (P.s. I'm running firefox 4.0 on Mac)
Topic by young skipper | last reply
I am having trouble with adding a "set as homepage" button to my website, the code i tried dosent want to work in any of the good browsers firefox, opera, chrome, but it does work in internet explorer. Thanks in advance for any help! Heres the code I have been trying: Set as Homepage
Question by littlechef37 | last reply
Hi there, I was wondering how to get your instructable to be posted onto the big Lets Make ___________ box on the homepage. I know that if you have a good featured Instructables then it is promoted to the homepage, but i was wondering how to get it on the Big Lets Make box?! Do editors pick what they like? Thanks madminor
Question by rickyeatough | last reply
I was recently on another computer and want to find one of my instructables to show my friend. She wanted to print it quickly so I didn't log in. When I tried to find it under the Technology category it wasn't under the featured instructable. We found it instead on the homepage (the third page of the recently featured instructables). Later at home I tried it on my computer (on Firefox) and encountered the same problem. Can an instructable be featured on the homepage but not the category page? I was sure it was featured in both. Some screen shots are included below. Thanks (and sorry for bothering :)
Topic by jen7714 | last reply
Other pages on the site seem to work, but even clicking the Robot in the upper left corner gives me: "Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete"?
Question by roccopeterbilt | last reply
Hey folks, You may have noticed the new look on our homepage and header - I just want to let you know there are more exciting changes coming! We try to do small site updates about every two weeks, and now that the development team is a bit bigger we'll be able to stick closer to that target schedule. The one constant in a healthy website is change, and our philosophy is to test and modify based on actual results: it's incremental, hypothesis-driven website design of both function and aesthetics. Lots of small, frequent changes help us evolve the site at a comfortable pace. So stay tuned for new features, design updates, bug fixes, and other good stuff coming your way! We'll keep working to make Instructables a better place to visit. Christy (and the rest of the Instructables team)
Topic by canida | last reply
Posted it as a question first because I had trouble finding the bug page: https://www.instructables.com/answers/Anyone-having-trouble-opening-the-instructables-ho/ I've tried with FF4.0 and IE with no luck. No viruses, cookies enabled. I can access all of the pages I have tried *EXCEPT* the home page, no matter how I navigate there. I get the error "Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete."
Topic by roccopeterbilt | last reply
Hey Everyone, It has recently come to my attention though the forums that many of my fellow Instructabrarians, or as caitlinsdad will have it 'Iblers, are not at all happy with the current homepage layout of the website. Now, I'll admit, I'm quite biased towards this. As a new member of the Instructables Staff, I actually got to beta test the new site a week ago and as a long time user of the site, and I quite honestly didn't see anything glaringly wrong with it. Sure it wasn't the original homepage, but I felt the white background and interchanging instructables gave it a much more "Apple-esque" feel. But, after browsing through the forums this morning, I can tell I'm slightly in the minority on this. So, I was really hoping we could start an General All Purpose Site Improvements page with constructive criticism of what you think could be improved. JamesRPatrick has already suggested what kind of things could be improved with the site, and I would really love to hear more. Rather than complain about what you don't like, please tell me what you would like to see improved with the new homepage or features you think could make it better. Look, I'm a fan of the site just like everyone else is and I've been a fan much longer than I've been working here. So if there's something on the homepage you want changed, please tell me because I want to know. As new member of the Instructables team and admin, I can't make any promises that anything can or will be changed on our homepage but I can promise you I will at least bring all of your comments to our next staff meeting. -SHIFT! New Instructables Intern 2011
Topic by SHIFT!
Just a suggestion, it would be cool if pro members had the option to rearrange the front page like you can do with iGoogle. Maybe they don't like the recent instructables at the bottom, and would rather have their comments there. Alot of people dont have macromedia flash player, which is required to view the instructables in the slideshow at the top.. I like the front page just the way it is, but some others might not. Just something to think about for the future.
Topic by kcls | last reply
Psst: we're doing something fun with the Homepage header this week! Adobe gave us a sneak peek at their Creative Suite 5 package, so we've used some of the new tools in CS5 to create five new themed headers and make some snazzy mods to some of our house ads. It's a great way to have fun with our header, and celebrate the release of our new categories! As a bonus for all you Photoshop artists out there, fungus amungus will be posting an Instructable documenting how he made the header images. How did he get the laser-cut logo to float? There are some neat new tricks that made the process super-easy. Check out How to Make an Instructables Header for full instructions! Check back on the homepage every day this week to see what's new, and let us know what you think! Note: the rest of the site is normal; any changes are the result of our new categories and updated header. The homepage header will revert to its normal orange on Saturday.
Topic by canida | last reply
When viewing an "Answer" the right hand side of the page loads the main page twice, the last time containing a java error as follows: ERROR 500: javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/pages/forum/forum_layout.jspx': ServletException in '/pages/answer/answer_rightbar.jsp': java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException Browser, Firefox 3, Windows Vista.
Topic by whatsisface | last reply
Hello, NK here, There is an Instructable pictured in the website's header slideshow, as of October 6th, 2014, linking to the Halloween Costume contest. The picture shows a fantastic Warhammer 40k space marine costume. I would like to find that instructable, and my searches haven't really helped, so I was wondering if some kind soul could share the link in the comments. Thanks!
Question by nerfrocketeer | last reply
Every time i go on instructables since Tuesday the home page acts up. (most likely for attention) The part that is normally orange is now white. (This only happens on the home page) This didn't bother me at all until i tried to look at the Epilog contest. I realized that the contest section is missing. I can still navigate my way there but it is kinda tedious and frustrating. Not to much of a problem but time consuming. Any suggestions?
Topic by fearme36 | last reply
As the title reads, I am not able to delete my (even empty) collections.I would also like to see an option to change the order they are shown in the dropdownlist while browsing i'bles. I think there MUST be a way to delete unused/empty Collections or even move their order.And as a programmer, I don't think it is that complicated to create a "delete" button (or a "change order" button maybe).Would love to read that this will be made soon..Cheers!
Topic by Dwargh | last reply
What is going on? I want to see ALL the instructables, not a "homepage". Stop messing with what works.
Topic by carlos66ba | last reply
How to skip say 50 pages and see the new page in Instructables
Question by nachiketa | last reply
There is a new update as all of you will have probably noticed by now. I've got my own views on the update. [I miss the orange colour...] But, I wanted to now what the large community at Instuctables thinks about the updated home page. So... Please comment about what you think!
Topic by freakyqwerty | last reply
I'm just wondering if every single Instructable is viewed by one of the editors, or an algorith/program chooses the Featured Intsructables or both? I think that real people are choosing them, but someone made me unsure about that. So when an Instructable gets featured we get an e-mail that "one of our editors thought that you are awesome", so I think that editors are choosing them, but do they check all recent Instructables? Or have they any software help?
Topic by Imetomi | last reply
Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!
Topic by LoicBVN | last reply