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By Chrystia Freeland
July 7, 2011

Reuters.com is getting a new look. The beta version of the refreshed home page has gone live.


You can get to it by clicking a button on the homepage of the current site. Once you’re there, we encourage you to let us know what you think.  Feel free to drop us suggestions below or tweet us ideas using #reutersrefresh .

For now, only the homepage will feature the new look, so don’t be thrown when you go back to the current design as you venture deeper into the site. When we switch over officially in a few weeks the new design will run across Reuters.com.

The main goal of this refresh is to display more of our terrific content and to provide a clearer snapshot of top news stories.

The refresh is just the beginning of Editor in Chief Steve Adler’s pledge to develop a powerful consumer-facing digital presence for Reuters News. In recent weeks, we’ve added some brilliant new journalists to our already terrific team: two-time Pulitzer prize winner David Rohde, who will be writing a column starting in the autumn; the iconic Sir Harry Evans, whose events and writing will be featured on Reuters.com; Pulitzer-prize-winner and tax guru David Cay Johnson, some of whose work for Professional will be showcased on the site; social media innovator Anthony De Rosa, who joins us from the technology group; Ryan McCarthy, the Huffington Post’s pioneering business editor; and deputy op-ed editor Paul Smalera, who joined us from Fortune.com. We have also recently added monthly columns from former Treasury Secretary and Harvard President Larry Summers and PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian to our growing op-ed line-up.

Sprucing up the homepage should help make the work of all of our new and old stars — and everything we do at Reuters — more visible. But it is just a small step in our broader effort to make Reuters.com and all of our digital platforms a fitting showcase for Reuters News and all of Thomson Reuters. Watch this space.

Best,

Chrystia Freeland, Editor, Thomson Reuters Digital

 

Comments

Much easier to navigate. Finally someone gets it that “new” does not necessarily have to mean “more complicated”.

Posted by CSeditor | Report as abusive
 

Well, now I think Reuters could possibly switch the color of the top of its new site to red instead of orange & black.

Maybe this could be more consistent with the current design.

I also prefer the lightbox, i.e. featured content & photo box to be larger and work like a slider with popular news titles on a list at the left or right of the box.

This would be great.

Posted by danieltsang | Report as abusive
 

I don’t like how picture galleries are still hard to find and why are your galleries smaller than so many others like the New York Times, Big Picture, and Time Magazine? Your photographers have images in all of those other galleries and they almost always look better on sites that are not your own, that seems silly.

Also, it would be great to have the ability to see the point gain or loss of the major markets on top of the page.

One other pet peeve i’ve had for quite some time is that the portfolio section of your site really needs some work. You cannot change the dollar totals for when you take money out of positions that you once held.

Posted by CO0LHand | Report as abusive
 

I really would like to see continuation of the Upcoming at Reuters info panel. Otherwise good presentation.

Posted by David4mani | Report as abusive
 

Good Luck!!! I am a little reluctant on the change of the colour red, it is so connected to the eye to the reuters brand, still organe is wonderful. I would prefer more media ready and easy to share on twitter and facebook.
Also “latest headlines” should be written in orange, so as to be striking to the eye, and a “sent it now” button, sth like the “ireport” should be clear up right corner on the front page. We are in the era of regular people bringing the news, even if journalists are not so fond of it.Also reuters tv news i cannot find them on top of the page. And what i like most of the new Reuters is the Opinion section, just love it!
Looking forward to the changes, greetings from Greece :)

Posted by mariakatsme | Report as abusive
 

Much much better.

Posted by gurari | Report as abusive
 

I like the beta format, just wish there was a bit more news on the page. Otherwise it looks great. I especially like the scrolling videos at the bottom of the page.

Posted by opaque | Report as abusive
 

I liked the left panel of the old homepage because it listed news by sections. It was easier for me to find news I liked to read. The new approach is great and similar to other news agencies but now Reuters has more control on news would initially read. Good luck and please bring bakc the red/black.

Posted by joetharayil | Report as abusive
 

Please dont turn this into yet another ‘social looking’ site with stats on how many people Tweeted this and that. You do not need to follow popular media trends – you LEAD the media.
The News is what people rely on Reuters for, not reassurance as to how popular you think you are.
And Chrystia,please don’t sign a letter “Best …” or Ill get Lucy Kellaway after you.

Yours sincerely,
Old codger in USA.

Posted by stevecrozier | Report as abusive
 

The old one is was and will be the best for some time to come. The new one is as silly as any other common site.Dont even think about it.
Richi

Posted by ThirteenOFive | Report as abusive
 

It would be nice to have the entire top tool bar, with the market stats and navigation links, follow you as you scroll. Otherwise looking good.

Posted by 1001001 | Report as abusive
 

Nice view. I love the newest one, it’s simple and easy navigation. It looks like more “news-theme” than the previous one. Simple is better! Cheers

Posted by Joeyjo | Report as abusive
 

Regarding your beta: the Market report on the current home page is much easier to read; on the beta the dark green on black is very difficult to read and the constant scroll is very annoying. Other than that the organization seems fine.

Posted by In_California | Report as abusive
 

Curious to know what UX issues you were trying to solve w/ this refresh. I thought the current design was a fresh take on what most sites do. Was it not performing or did a typical site design just test better due to user familiarity of layout?

Posted by TedIrvine | Report as abusive
 

Reuters.com has been in my bookmarks in the “interesting UI” folder, for a long time. I have always respected that you guys are brave enough to try new UI ideas and concepts on such a large site. I have the utmost respect for your design team, which is why this redesign has left me with a lot of questions. At first glance it feels like a cop out. I understand simplifying and embracing paradigms users are intimately familiar with, however I believe one of a designer’s many responsibilities is to relentlessly push concepts and ideas forward. There is room for that even within a generic layout, but I don’t see it here and it makes me cry sad robot tears :(

Posted by flanban | Report as abusive
 

The “new” design is a welcome change back to the “Old Old” design that I missed badly. I never liked the current design as it was not nearly as organized, informative, or “clean” as the previous layout.

I concur with one of the comments above: not everything new is better than old.

Time to go back.

Posted by tdscreener | Report as abusive
 

overall a good job done. dont give too much importance to social media links, as long as we can share items with friends its enough.
Also i think you must incorporate the market commentary section, which is currently present in the indian version of the reuters webpage.

Posted by mnj_04 | Report as abusive
 

I love the new classy look. Much easier to navigate and see the features, and better without the red.

Posted by Newsspaniel | Report as abusive
 

The new look is far better. The bar depicting markets at the top need to improve its visibility by changing its background color other than black or some other means deemed fit at your end. Thanks!
vksaini
Ahmedabad-India

Posted by vksaini | Report as abusive
 

I miss the single page view of all the stock markets that was on the old main page. I can still get to everything, but it takes several clicks with screen refreshes. I know the old page didn’t show everything on a single page, but the tabs were much faster to access and switch between than the way the links being used now are.

I guess I’ll skip Reuters for stock info and change my homepage to Bloomberb or something else instead.

Other than that, the new look is fine, but does that really matter if you lose me as a daily viewer?

Posted by mikemm | Report as abusive
 

I like having the markets across the top, but they’re a bit hard to read and would benefit from having point gain/loss for each index as well as the actual # and %.

Posted by amkoppelman | Report as abusive
 

Overall, the new look is great; it’s a dramatic improvement over the previous version.

As, several others have mentioned, the markets should show the point gain/loss. It need not necessarily have it immediately displayed. It could simply be a mouseover box that displays when the mouse is positioned over a specific market area.

Posted by dciliske | Report as abusive
 

I don’t see blatant references to the state of the stock market or foreign currencies. Headlines are cute, but generally ignored for my preferences in the personalized bar at the bottom. What needs to be resolved (and unknown in this preview) is what your have done (are doing) to improve load time. Reuters is, by FAR, THE slowest loading site on the internet.

Posted by Shary | Report as abusive
 

Two observations on what is a generally worthwhile ‘refresh’ of the home page:-
a) the inclusion of the ‘Trending Tweets’ – do we really need such tripe on Reuters?
b) the loss of the right side-bar which gives an easy overview of the markets and currencies.

Posted by KeithM | Report as abusive
 

Hello Reuters.com

1. The new home page stopped running several times “reuters.com has a long running script”, trying to stop the script, it crashed IE9. Maybe there’s too much script of maybe it’s still in beta. I worked for Reuters in London 4 years and New York for 22, and most of that time, with developers, we had serious bugs in software and not enough testing, so it was our customers who did the testing. Are you developing this in-house or is someone outside re-doing the home page ?

2. Nice redesign, but it’s really about the news and market prices, so the format of the home page does not matter as much the continued good content.

Cheers, good luck! Tomas Cernikovsky

Posted by Cernikovsky | Report as abusive
 

You have made many wise decisions. Reuters delivers.

Posted by Vertigo | Report as abusive
 

Love the new look. Your new page is very clear and concise. Bravo!

Posted by anmar | Report as abusive
 

I like the new version. It seems more professional and well-organized.

Posted by DanBN | Report as abusive
 

I’m all for change, but this stinks of The Daily Mail online.

Uninformative, bland menu bars and a BBC desktop ‘ticker’. Grow up.

Posted by jossy89 | Report as abusive
 

More constructive criticism would include:

Improve the portfolio customisation, would be great to see it integrated with a home page.

The red logo is iconic, but used in conjuction with this menu format it’d feel like a red-top, especially with the category “lifestyle” boldly listed on the right.

Posted by jossy89 | Report as abusive
 

Well, Jim, I can say your improvements are better than Bloomberg.com’s latest. The overall look is clean and uncluttered and not too busy. It is a news site, so let’s just try not to dumb-down the contents to the point where all readers can see are videos and social networking links. Text still is appreciated by many of us out here, in the real, not virtual, world.

Posted by klaatukat | Report as abusive
 

I hate change—is there some way you could incorporate 70s slang into it?

Posted by mustafaspeaks | Report as abusive
 

The existing look and feel is good. don’t change it. the beta site throws up more info and distracts the eye. Also the news link on the right of the picture , makes u think they are related to the picture, while in fact they are not.

Posted by rajl | Report as abusive
 

Positive

Posted by thegrumpycook | Report as abusive
 

I miss the strip of market data on the far right.

Posted by Binkie | Report as abusive
 

I HATE video! Please include a text version of the same story with the video so I can bypass the video. I read quickly and hate to waste my time listening to ads and video as it slogs along.

Thanks!

Posted by robert1234 | Report as abusive
 

I can see why you are going Orange with the change – if the site was still red as before, there’d be nothing to tell you apart from the BBC.

The menu redesign is good, but like most sites nowadays, the multiply-rowed menus atop the page end up filling about 30% of one’s screen. At least the older version kept that useless frustration to a minimum. Be nice if people who actually used the web were more in charge of design, instead of giving it over to those who use mega-monitors in the course of their web-mockups.

At the end of the day, however, it’s your content that brings me back. Don’t lose that, and you’ll be fine.

Posted by hyperlux | Report as abusive
 

I am new to using Reuters as my homepage, but it is very pleasant and easy for me to read. The only think I would wish for further is the control to choose where I would like to have each section. For example, I do not care for sports so that would move to last, and as a healthcare giver the Health section could be right up front, and so forth. = )

Posted by pjdxxxwa | Report as abusive
 

I like it, the only thing that I would like to see is an identical upgrade to the Canadian site. You’ve done two updates to the main Reuters page, but you haven’t touched the Canadian on.

Posted by sunz3000 | Report as abusive
 

Like the new layout very much. Agree with thr previous comment about the header colour.

Posted by PapermanA4 | Report as abusive
 

Better than the monstrosity you have now. Not as good as the one you used to have, that I believe Canada and the UK still use. Yet, the font is still really tiny. Maybe it’s my cpu, I don’t know but the font looks to be 6, 8 at most. Even its its an intro to the article it’s a waste of space. Who can read that? Go back the to the OG orange, that was an excellent format.

Posted by Cyrus_Roy | Report as abusive
 

MUCH BETTER , I USED TO HATE GOING TO YOU WEB PAGE, I LOOK THE SAME ALWAYS IT IS NOW MUCH EASIER AND PLEASING TO SEE

Posted by my_myab | Report as abusive
 

The market watch at the top is too small. Liked it much better at the side. Need to make an option for wide screen viewing. Maybe three or four columns. The “Latest Headlines” should be visible at a glance without scrolling down. I don’t want the “Trend Watch” at all, it’s wasted space. Needs some color. The light blue of the old market strip was very intuitive. Color also add information. Helps users find what they are most interested in. I hate scrolling and searching. It’s usually news at glance for me and then in depth for a couple of articles that interest me. Thanks.

Posted by pmp | Report as abusive
 

Also would like to be able to view the home page and articles of any past date. A historical value to allow users to research previous articles. For instance January 20, 2009 with “Historical Page” in large green background across the top.

Posted by pmp | Report as abusive
 

Please make sure that the new homepage is tablet friendly as well as it is being HTML 5 compliant. That way, you don’t have to make a “Reuters” app for readers to have a great news reading experience regardless of the platform they are choosing :)

Posted by wintdkyo | Report as abusive
 

Liking the new version so far…

Posted by breezinthru | Report as abusive
 

Looks pretty good in general, couple of points:

- think there needs to be more news on there! ie more clickable headline links with related stories to the top news…similar to the way The Guardian’s website does it and most other newspaper sites for that matter

- should there a separate tab for Politics at the top perhaps?

- And should there at some stage be a separate tab linking to Insider content ?

Posted by nigelhilditch | Report as abusive
 

How about a wide-screen version..

Posted by 49732J | Report as abusive
 

The current DOW, NASDAQ, and S&P status should always be shown rather than scrolling through the ticker at the top.

Also, the ticker at the top only scrolls through the market status once and then stops. From there the user has to use the arrows.

Posted by jbaxter0313 | Report as abusive
 

Perhhaps your “Latest headlines” window at th etop of the home page should carry different headlines than the ones immediately adjacent to that window, as it does now….

Posted by amkoppelman | Report as abusive
 

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