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new instructables layout

Is this what it's going to be? it has changes since i first saw it years ago.

Question by The nerdling    |  last reply

Layout change in instructable?

I don't know if this is a bug or a new feature and I've only seen it in one instructable so far ( The secondary images are not smaller and are interspersed with text.  For example in step 2 there are 3 large images.  Is this a new format? If so I like it, how do I make mine look like that? or is this just a unique author/instructable?

Topic by ChrysN    |  last reply

Bug in the Instructables Layout

On my computer, when I am on an Instructable, slideshow, or video the main layout of the Instructables website changes.The righthand sidebar moves down to below the last comment and makes the page a lot longer. Also the drop down bars at the top are longer because they only allow one link per row.I don't know if this is just the new layout of the Instructables or if it is just something with my computer. Whatever it is it has just gotten annoying and I had to tell someone. Could someone (Preferably the admins)tell me what's wrong.EDIT 6/22/08It is fixedit has been fixed for weeks so stop giving me useless advice

Topic by n8man  

My Feedback on the Instructables Layout

The new layout of the website totally rocks!! The homepage is nifty and easy to use. I just love the huge search bar in the middle. The background suits the website perfectly, and I love the automatic typing when you first arrive at the webpage! The bar at the top now has you click on it instead of rolling over. This solves my original problem I mentioned in the forums before of the roll over function not working on an iPad. I love every bit of the new layout, great job Instructables team! :)

Topic by Jessie Marie  

layout of the site

why does instructables have to change the layout for the worse every time i get used to the old one? this most rescent one is horrible! it just might make me quit the site. ***edit***  i didnt realize how whiny this sounded until after i posted it. i dont like that there is a drop-down for the different channels in the catergories. and the tape around the pictures in the instructables are annoying. the main screen doesnt fit onto my internet window any more, i have to use a scrollbar at the bottom to see it all

Topic by Dr. Who    |  last reply

Has the instructables layout changed? Answered

I recently won a years free membership and I activated it, and came back 8 hours later. Has the instructables layout changed naturally or is it different for pros? The new tabs are labelled; Create, explore, contests and more. Can you help?

Question by HMice    |  last reply

New Homepage Layout?

I've just noticed that the big Flash banner on the homepage has gone and been replaced with a new banner. And I must say I quite like it! Nice and simple.

Topic by asasklfjklasfkljasklfjaklfsjkl    |  last reply

New Layout

I'm a very compulsive browser, and when I noticed that all the categories were no longer laid out in a neat little row at the top of the page, well i left and went here .. check the lay out.. kinda looks like the old one instructables had.. everything easy to find with out jumping through hoops. That's my $0.02

Topic by Yandle    |  last reply

New Layout?

I, being a freak who reads every new instructable, don't like the new layout. I used to hit "ALL", then sort by "RECENT" so I could see all the new stuff for the day... Now when I hit "ALL" it just stays on the home page, and there is no "RECENT" section. I am not about to go through every tab "All, Art, Craft, etc etc" and scroll to the bottom to find the "RECENT" header for each and every page. Thats a lot more work than many are willing to do. Really, folks, I would love to have the old functionality back. Is there a way to view it the old way?

Topic by TFD2    |  last reply

Favorites tab layout change

So I'm not sure where exactly this is going to end up, but if either the members or creators of Instructables see it, I'll count that as mission accomplished. I have over 100 tutorials favorited on Instructables, and that's great, I love all of them, they're really cool. But it's a nightmare to sort through them. Who else agrees that we should be able to make lists in our favorites, of tutorials that go along a particular theme? Especially if you have many varied interest, like I do. Any thoughts?

Topic by TheNotoriousHoppington  

New Image Layout Released

Hey everyone! You may have noticed, we have a new image layout that just got released. We wanted something that emphasizes your images in a format that is a bit more contemporary. We did lots of in house testing so you shouldn't see any problems, there is sometimes some cached CSS as well but that should clear up within the hour. if you do see some problems, post them in the bugs forum and we will fix them. We also released a few fixes on PMs again so hopefully they are formatted better for you. Thanks for being a part of the community! -Gregg Horton QA engineer

Topic by frenzy  

new contest layout

Wow a new layout again! Nice. I'm not sure which i actually prefer. Which did you like best? by the way: Look for my instructable among the other great instructables in the photojojo contest! I dont watn to tell you the name or give you a link, that way, you'll look through other i'bles first! There's a LOT of great i'bles there. As much as I'd like and need that wifi card, there are others much more deserving. so go out there and vote vote vote! May the best instructable win!

Topic by alvincredible    |  last reply

Instructables redesign?

Did instructables slightly change it's layout? I never remember Instructables the world's biggest show and tell

Topic by guyfrom7up    |  last reply

Too many layouts!!!

I am getting a little annoyed by how the layouts are always changing. And I bet a lot of other people  are too. I got an idea that there should be a poll, showing all of the previous layouts, and maybe a few new ones, where the Instructables community could vote and pick their favorite one. Leave a comment on what you think about this, or give some other suggestions...

Topic by zascecs    |  last reply

New/swapped columns in Instructables -- restored

On Monday 8 Feb 2010, I wrote: I'm not sure that I like the swapped page layout -- with the author info, staff feature options, and so forth on the left side.  Since English is read left-to-right, this means that administrative info is given "top billing", while the actual Instructable content is relegated to second place.  It also means that some of that content is cut off of the viewer's display, depending on how they have chosen to size their browser window.  The fact that I'bles makes assumptions about browser size and shape is, of course, wrong in the first place, but the new layout makes that wrongness even more obvious to the casual user. UPDATE:  Tuesday morning, 9 Feb 2010, the administrative info is back on the right side of the page.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

Contest Layout and more

The latest changes are mostly around the layouts and inner workings of contests.  We've arranged all the contest information in tabs on one page, minimizing the work you need to do to find out all the contest details.  We also made some backend changes to allow the contest manager a bit more flexibility in how the contest looks, especially for contests with sponsors. Additionally, we have published for the first time our detailed Privacy Policy.  There's a lot of detail there but the important bit is about halfway down: "Instructables will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone." We've always had that policy internally, but now it's published and official.  It's linked on every page, in the footer, along with the other "About Us" links. Finally, we've done a bit more tweaking of the header - avid Answerers will be pleased to note, we took your advice and returned the Answers link to the top level navigation.  Also we're trying out having the search box just up under the login bits, to save a little vertical space.

Topic by rachel  

Instructables appear multiple times in new layout

Not sure it's a bug, they might have intended this. Instructables often appear twice on the main page like this :

Topic by scraptopower    |  last reply

Bug in google chrome with new instructables layout

If you look at the 2 screen shots you will see the top of the menu is missing on google chrome, so you cant edit or colapse the menu bar

Topic by liquidhandwash    |  last reply

Home Page Layout Suggestion

I was thinking, after seeing the new home page layout, if to fill in the bottom space under subscribed -ibles, why not put a Suggestion Box, with suggestions for instructables you might like. I'm not sure if -ibles supports/records who looks at which instructables, but its just an idea. :D

Topic by bumpus    |  last reply

Instructable gone?

Well, I was just online a couple of hours before, but I' m tired decided to get some sleep. Then, when I was back on, the site layout changed. That's not really a problem, but when I clicked my name to see if I got any comments, it said " Start your first Instructable ", while I have 5 already. But when I take a look at my persona it was fine. Bug?

Topic by Camisado    |  last reply

Suggestion: "Jump to top" button on new layout.

After taking some time to get used to the new site design, I've decided that, overall, I like it a lot. It's cleaner and leaves more real estate on the page for the content when reading an Instructable. But. (you knew that was coming) When I read an instructable, I reach the bottom and usually want to go back to the Instructables homepage. This may not be the flow everyone follows when cruising the site, but it's what I do. The top banner scrolling away but leaving the 'ible info there as a "ribbon" is a neat trick, but I keep expecting to see a link to the homepage up there that will save me from having to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page. What i'd like to see is a "Jump to top" link, either at the very bottom of the Instructable, or in the "ribbon" where the title and voting, etc. reside. The "ribbon" would be slightly more useful, since I could click it when I reach the comments if I don't want to read them all. Again, it may just be me, and I'm not asking you to redesign the site just for me, but I find myself noticing it often enough that I thought it might affect other users as well. Thank you for all you do, editors!

Topic by yoyology    |  last reply

Arduino PCB Board Layouts

I thought I might share some the circuit board layouts (Top and bottom) of several Arduino boards that I've created. They could be used to etch your own board or just used to compare sizes. I created them from the eagle files provided from the Arduino website and exported each layer in monochrome with help from this Instructable. Automating Eagle export and preparing it for printing by truhlik_fredy To create your own PCB layout on eagle i found this Instructable was the most helpful Turn your EAGLE schematic into a PCB by westfw Download Eagle for free here The File is available as an Adobe Illustrator file and as a png

Topic by MrSirLRD  

Go back to the old layout.

I've noticed that in the attempts websites make to become more and more advanced, they always somehow mess up and make their layout WORSE than the last one.  The one we had before was good.  The one before that was better.  Same thing for any other site.  Google has had the same layout for who knows how long, I respect them for that.  They made a simple interface, clearly laid out buttons, and they left out all the garbage.  When the stats and related ibles were on the right of the instructable, it centered the instructable currently being viewed on the screen which was good for my eyes.  I don't know why you guys decided to change it, it was fine the way it was before. Just my honest opinion here... Update: Thanks for taking my advice guys!

Topic by DJ Radio    |  last reply

Epilog contest page layout

So, I saw the Epilog contest today and when I saw the page, I noticed the different layout for the header, and I liked it. Just stick in the orange and change the "You" bar to white and you have a much slimmer header bar for Instructables. Any thoughts?

Topic by n8man    |  last reply

Two bugs with Instructables layout update -- Step 1 is inescapable

In a recent post, I mentioned that the presentation of Instructables had changed slightly.  Instead of the first ten steps in a "table of contents", now you see the Intro and Step 1 in full.  It turns out that there are two bugs associated with this change. First, Step 1 seems to  always show up, whether you've viewing the Intro, or viewing Step 17. UPDATE 17 Aug 2010:  This has been fixed. Second, when you click on the links for either the Intro or Step 1,  you see the same thing, those two steps together in full. UPDATE 17 Aug 2010:  Actually, if you click on the Step 1 icon in this case, the page jump-scrolls to the start of the Step 1 text.  This is a feature, not a bug. There's no problem with "View All Steps" (for paid users).  That behaves the same way it always has. UPDATE 17 Aug 2010:  "View All Steps" now uses jump-scrolling.  If you click on any of the step icons at the top of the I'ble, your browser will scroll to the start of that step on the same page, rather than loading a new page.    This is a feature, not a bug.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

Tempted to leave instructables just because of the new layouts

I may have only been here for 2 years but this site is changing a bit too much for my tastes. In those 2 years most of the major changes have been pretty recent. Why they haven't implemented legacy views yet baffles me. Or allowing us to customize our own personal layout. By personal layout I mean that each person can customize how the site looks to HIM OR HER. If they implemented that I would be willing to put up with the bugs and glitches it would cause just for the fact that it pleases my eye. What they seem to be doing is copying facebook's style. This absolutely sickens me. I HATE facebook and the only reason I got it was to see just how bad it is. The layout for facebook form over function. It is needlessly over complicated  I am a function over form guy. I bet most of the people here are function over form too.  Don't be a facebook. If you do I will take my 10$ worth of advertising else where. Maybe if a couple thousand leave you will get it.

Topic by tytiger33    |  last reply

Image layout for Instructables - new release Easter Egg

If you like the new layout for Slideshow and Videos, you can also use it for Instructables:, if you like the Instructable layout, and want to use it for Slideshows just pull off the ?layout=images easter egg: If you love reading comments, here's another easter egg.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Instructables screen layout all screwed up SOLVED

Dunno where this belongs, but as of today Instructables are displaying (a) too wide for my screen and (b) virtually hanging off the left edge thereof -- the nice left margin is completely obliterated, which I find intensely irritating. There's no reason at all that I can see for this, since the only thing that appears on the far right is an email it! button. So why cause a horizontal scrollbar for this? More to the point now that I've looked more closely at it, the pages are really messed up. Nearly everything is banged up against the left (nonexistent) margin, just piled there (not shown in my screenshots). The exception seems to be the Next button, which is now way over to the right instead of just under the pictures (also not in my screenshots). What a mess! I'm calling the Design Police!

Topic by OldProfessorBear    |  last reply

New PDF Layouts on the way

Hi all, Just a quick heads up for pro members: in our continuing efforts this year to add value to pro memberships, we're releasing changes shortly that should make the PDF downloads much simpler to download, and much more attractive and readable once you do. They feature two-column layout for more readable text, and accommodate much more of the formatting that makes each Instructable unique. To begin with, these new PDF layouts will only appear for newly generated PDFs. As we receive your feedback on them and iron out any kinks, we'll expand to include more projects, replacing the old PDF layouts over time. Big changes like this always come with some unpredictable parts, so if you notice anything that's a little off, please let us know! ~Devs

Topic by pseaton    |  last reply

Layout and page down function

The banner or top frame is enormous.  Why?  When I'm reading the instructable I admit I have the zoom enlarged.  the problem is the banner enlarges.  Now it occupies about 25-35% of the vertical space.  Why am I seeing this thing when I hit page down?  There's absolutely nothing of value on that banner.  Most of us (unless we have zero short term memory) don't need to see this space wasting thing.  Why not have an "opt out" option for it?  Give your readers a choice.  Readers like choices.  When I use Page Down using Firefox on Win7 it doesn't work accurately.  It goes too far so I'm missing a line or 2.  This has been like this for years.  Its because of that banner.  This happens often on many websites.  ----------------------- PDF downloads are nice but an HTML download would be far more useful as then the line could have an adjustable wrap width.  With the PDF the image size is locked.  This is very restricting and so last century.  Consider an HTML download  (minus that space wasting banner...duh) and that would preserve formatting and allow good user control.  ----------------------- You have one of the most informative and useful websites on the planet.  You should be proud of it.  I hope you are because its well deserved.  So now lets get it functioning more logically!

Topic by SpencerW  

Instructables layout is all messed up on my browser-bug report

Recently when I have gone onto instructables, the layout has been all messed up. First of all, the toolbar that is black that says "Share what you make" and has links to techshop and others is blocking the drop down log-in list. I try to log-on, but the button is not accessable for reasons unknown. All other drop down lists (like "you", "contests", "explore", etc.) are blocked by the bar too. The "favorite" button and "follow" button are not clickable. There is just a yellow block smaller than usual next to the number of followers a user has. When I go to a user profile the instructables on the page are enlarged and stuck together. The views, date member joined, and others that are usually at the top are down the side. On the contests page the column with the description of the contest is empty at the top, then the description is at the very bottom of the page. Operating system: Windows Vista computer Version: [ORJ-100000031] Browser: Internet Explorer It is all over the website, mostly buttons and dropdown menus and lists. I don't know if it is just my computer or if it has to do with the browser.

Topic by Jessie Marie    |  last reply

Where are the "recent" instructables?

Hi, a few months ago there was a filtering option "recent" to show the new instructables in order. Now I only see the featured option and no chance to see the latest instructables. How can one enable this filter option again if I want just to browse the latest posts without any prefer?

Topic by bence.zahalka    |  last reply

Can i change the instructables page layout back to the origional ??? Answered

I really dislike the new layout you dont see your new comments cant quickly goto the orange bord etc i was wondering if i could change it back to the original

Question by goeon    |  last reply

Is there a way to set graphical search as default? Answered

I like the new Instructables layout, but the new search feature... not so much. Is there a way to set the graphical search as the default search?

Question by nickodemus    |  last reply

Me likey the new header layout.

Ok you guys, the new update rocks, especially the new header layout, and the profile page featured banners. On the header, when "Contests" and "Community" were right next to each other, I would always click on "Contests" when I wanted the other. The renaming of "Community" to "Forums" and moving it over is great. I always missed the featured banners on profile pages, and now that they're back, I love instructables even more (again!). And the new contest page layout is great. That's one less page I have to wait to load. On the "Awesome prizes" tab, though, you may want to insert some pictures. And I also like the relocation of the search bar. Overall, a very, very awesome update. Nice job, instructables team, give yourselves a pat on the back. You deserve it.

Topic by kcls    |  last reply

Instructables Plugin for WordPress

I published a plugin for WordPress that allows you to display projects by username or keyword with options to limit the number of projects, include thumbnails and a few other options that link back to Instructables. If you were to use this on a website what other features would you want included?   1. I'm thinking an alternate layout with thumbnails and titles only that link back to Instructables. 2. Stats? Maybe

Topic by MrRedBeard    |  last reply

instructables hack: image-grid project browsing index

If you noticed the slideshow project index uses a grid of big thumbnails to let you view the projects. you can use this for regular instructables too! try these links:;=imagesthe secret is the 'layout=images' bit, appending that to any of the 'explore' url's will show it in the new format.

Topic by dan    |  last reply

Layout changes not mentioned in Rachel's update

There were two fairly substantial (from the user's perspective) changes that Rachel forgot to mention in her Site Update post. First, by moving the search box and button up to the masthead, they have also eliminated the old-style "graphical search" interface completely.  It doesn't even show up as an alternative when a Google-driven search is made.  This has already led to two user complaints (here and here). Could the old-style interfce at least be put back on the search results page? UPDATE 17 Aug 2010: The "graphical search" link is back on the search-results page. Second, the interface when you first read an Instructable has been cleaned up substantially. All the steps, with photos and hover-text, are still there, but instead of a truncated table of contents (only the first ten steps), now the full intro and first step are shown immediately. It'll take a bit of getting use to for the old-timers, but I think it's a better interface for new users. Thanks to Rachel for getting these updates out, and especially for answering (pun intended) some of the requests from the community!

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

If you love reading comments, here's another easter egg.

View all Instructable comments coming in: all Forum comments coming in: all Forum topics comments coming in with thumbnails if you don't like reading or knowing what they are saying, add &layout;=images;=imagesA little better for forumTopics:;=images Another easter egg: Image layout for Instructables - new release Easter Egg

Topic by ewilhelm  

Layout gone wonky across site - fixed?

See the screenshots. Android tablet. (On a note of personal bias, the colour if Instructables is orange, not blue-grey.) EDIT: It looks like somebody took a mallet to the server, and it appears fixed.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

What happened similar Instructable suggestions?

Until recently every article had a few links to similar Instructables top right (just under the equally useful and equally missing other posts by same author box). Did I somehow accidentally change my layout preferences or did this get helpful information get nixed for the sake of a cleaner layout? If so, please restore that functionality. Without it each article is a dead end. You're killing my flow, man.

Question by alhazen    |  last reply

edge space

The layout of the pages in Instructables, sometimes makes it quite difficult to read the left hand edge of the page. May I suggest that the page should not start hard against the left hand edge, but that a small space (margin) be allowed to ease the transition from one line of print to the next.

Topic by Waste Of Space    |  last reply

New contest page layout; no recent, popular or views buttons

I just noticed the new layout for the contest pages, and I think they look great. However, one thing I noticed was that you can no longer sort entries by views, featured, etc. I miss that; you could see how successful the instructables were, and it gave you the chance to see more than just the most recent entries at a glance. Is there any chance of bringing back the sorting feature?

Topic by M3G    |  last reply

iPhone app For Making an Instructable

An idea I have is for an app, for iPhone or Android or both, which is used to make an Instructable. This would mean using the built-in phone camera to take the necessary photos, in order, for each step of the Instructable. Then the user would be able to add text, photo tags, and other things included in the Instructable-making process, without having to transfer their photos to a computer and upload them to Instructables. They would simply upload the finished product directly to the site. I would make this myself, but my knowledge of the required software is very basic. I might be able to do it, as long as I had some help, and information on the formatting used on this site i.e colors, logos, basic layout, etc

Topic by St Jimmy    |  last reply

Instructable pages showing up strange in IE9

Picture is worth a thousand words so look at screen shot... page layout and menu all messed up...

Topic by vanweb    |  last reply

Love the new instructables lay out

Hey, you guys over in the 'ible offices only ever hear negative remarks so I thought I would throw my two cents your way and let you know that I am loving the new layout and all of your hard work, keep it up guys!

Topic by DELETED_Fuogger  

Design Changes on Instructables

As you've noticed, we've been making some design changes to Instructables.  We're trying to accomplish a number of things including making it easier to find content you're interested in, creating more compelling products for advertisers, and supporting and growing what we've already built.  Here, I'll share the details around some specific design changes. One of my big goals for 2010 is to increase our direct visitors.  A direct visitor might type our URL into their browser, click on a link in a newsletter, come to the site from one of their bookmarks, or search for a phrase that includes "Instructables".  Other types of visitors include searchers, who come to the site from phrases such as "sweet potato fries" but aren't specifically trying to reach, and visitors from blogs or news portals.  My thesis is that more and more brand advertisers will want to reach our true community, and not people who are just passing by.  A pretty good proxy for our true community is direct visitors, and we've already seen the savviest advertisers try to reach only that community by advertising exclusively on our homepage (the recent Apple campaigns, for example).  To grow our business and ensure that Instructables thrives, it's important that we have great opportunities for advertisers, and a stronger community means more great Instructables and more intelligent people seeing and commenting on your Instructables. To this end, we've been working to increase the likelihood that someone will go deeper into our content, and remember to come back in the future.  Said another way, we want that sweet potato fries Google search to introduce someone to Instructables, and then have them think, "wow this site is amazing, I'll bookmark it, sign up for the newsletter, come back, etc..."  Some of the most dramatic changes are on the homepage and channel homepages.   On the homepage, we've removed the intro text from the links to Instructables.  By making the homepage less cluttered with words, I was hoping to increase the number of people clicking on an Instructable.  Also, I felt that the beginning of the intro text didn't contribute much to my understanding of the Instructable, and often it was no more than a repetition of the title (and at worse a note about how it was someone's first...).  Removing text to increase engagement might seem counter-intuitive, but with too much going on, visitors sometimes just leave rather than decide what to click on.  So far, clicks from the homepage are flat or slightly up, so this change hasn't had a negative effect on deepening visits, and may over time move us in a positive direction.  On the channel homepages, we've drastically changed the layout to be more blog-like.  My theory here was to give people a format they were more familiar with from elsewhere on the web, and results have been dramatic.  The exit-rates (the percentage of visitors that leave Instructables from a particular page) on our channel homepages have been cut in half.  For example, the exit-rate on the home channel homepage has dropped from 12% to 4.5%.  This is really good!  To me, this indicates that on the channel homepages we're giving visitors more compelling content, and they are more likely to dig into that content. In support of our efforts to deepen visits, we've been doing similar smaller changes all over the site. Most of these are based on our traffic and click analysis, and if my theories are wrong, we change back or try something else.  One particular change that has generated concern is the removal of the Answers link from the header.  This has nothing to do with our support of Answers in general -- it's based on data.  That link was almost completely unused.  Coming again from the perspective of making a slightly cleaner look, we removed it.  As the link wasn't generating any clicks, traffic to Answers has been unaffected.  In fact, as we're highlighting specific answers on the channel homepages, traffic to the Answers section is actually up 7% since we removed the link:  from Feb. 1 - 18 answers did an average of 11.1 K pageviews per day; from Feb. 19 - 28 it's done 11.9 K pageviews per day.  Perhaps that's noise in the data, but removing the link certainly hasn't been the end of answers, and the trend since the change is positive. So, we do rearrange the furniture from time to time, but it's never without reason.  We're always trying to make Instructables better.  We've messed up in the past, and we'll surely mess up in the future; but I think this is good, because if we're not reaching and striving a little bit beyond our comfort zone, we're not learning and improving. 

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply