May 2019 site changes: my observations and thoughts Answered
In early May 2019, Instructables' website has been radically reworked with a revamp.
Changes I have observed include:
- Many categories and subcategories have been eliminated and instead reworked under other folders as part of the changes (there is no "Play" category and subcategories such as "NERF" and "Paper Airplanes" no longer exist)
- "Recent" filtering is not directly available to people browsing the site--you must sift through the categories and get through at least two pages to find a way to filter the selected category for "recent" (i.e. Homepage -> Circuits -> Projects -> (Page at which you may select "recent"))
- There are no filters for searches
- On the front page and in the categories' main pages, featured projects are emphasized
- Without manually typing in the URL, there is no direct way to access the "community" page
- Buttons to access the forum among in the category pages are tied to the community pages for that category (as a result. They do not allow you to see the general forum posts of the community without viewers manually deleting the category from the URL and going from there
The way people navigate about sites controls what they can see and how they see if, so all of these things will change the flow and behavior of Instructables' viewers versus how it was before.
Versus before, it is more cumbersome for viewers to get to recent content while featured content is more readily available. This will influence where people go and what they see.
What do I believe this means for the future?
Drawing on my decade of experience on this site, I suspect viewership of non-featured Instructables will drop. Thus, the viewership gap--between those projects that have been featured and those that have not think--will then widen.
Of these changes I think people will say you either "get featured or get buried."