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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

The new look is just perfect.

Posted by InfocusTimes | Report as abusive
 

This new look flows much better and ipad users will appreciate the vertical access. I know the wider image app is right around the corner, but do we still have a resolution issue with pictures ? the slideshows are low resolution files and the impact of the images is lost with the dead space on either side of the picture. I’m not sure if our technical limitations are reached, but edge to edge images deliver the viewer a much better experience.

rgrds,
mike

Posted by mblake | Report as abusive
 

The bar on top about Stock Exchange is taking too long to load and not really “fair” for people “not in the business”. I use Reuters mainly as a NEWS source, not as a business tool.

Posted by JSDominik | Report as abusive
 

Not bad, not bad at all. I like the increased use of imagery. Would be nice if one could personalize the home page a bit.

Posted by VodKnockers | Report as abusive
 

The layout is good, however, I agree with an earlier post that the Stock Exchange along the top of the page is cluttered, slow and not user friendly. I prefer the current layout with it being on the side of the page.

Posted by Silverado1 | Report as abusive
 

Liked the tabs across the top because it shows the breadth of coverage, including lifestyle features which were previously buried. Site could use a reference to most popular videos. Also, the videos were buried at the bottom. I know you’ve got a video tab at the top, but given the love of videos in this multimedia age, I”d like to see the strip of video postagestamps a tad higher.

Posted by fkny7 | Report as abusive
 

Am I allowed to say that the navigation is quite reminiscent of the old version you binned a couple of years ago, which I always preferred the the current version of the home page anyway?

One thing which might make navigation quicker is to have everything above the thin orange stripe stay visible when you scroll down the page, with only the stuff below it scrolling. That way, the user can switch to another section without having to scroll back to the top.

Posted by IanKemmish | Report as abusive
 

It looks great; a modern-looking refresh over the current homepage.

Posted by PalmTree | Report as abusive
 

Refreshed pretty often means refreshing. I don’t know that the new look offers improvements over — what was and is one of the easiest to navigate news sites on the Web.

I did an A – B comparison and don’t feel and sense of improvement stirring in my intellectual genes. But, you haven’t screwed it up and that keeps you ahead of 99% of your competitors.

Posted by Eideard | Report as abusive
 

I love it…Excellent looks…

Posted by sivasundaram.r | Report as abusive
 

I am going to disagree.

The current Reuters site is just brilliant design. The topbar is awesome, providing summary information for markets, links to opinion pieces from actual journalists… but my favorite part is how beautifully the ‘Market’ and ‘News’ screens are designed to be toggled.

The new design is a regression in terms of usability. I’ll have to click more to find the same information. The information from the topbar mouseovers is gone. Other things I don’t like include the Bollywood crap creeping up to the top of the landing page (looking at the ‘India’ site).

Change for the sake of change isn’t good. Don’t try to fix what is not broken. But I doubt my opinions will have any impact, so I’ll just go away now.

Posted by posit | Report as abusive
 

It’s very nice but I would really like to get your news videos through XBMC on my Linux desktop. I visit Reuters daily and think it’s a great news source.

Posted by qualsdad | Report as abusive
 

Great format. I like the banner of the stock markets at the top. Its a very professional layout unlike many of the other cluttered sites. And it fits with what I expect with Reuters, which is News at a cut above the rest in terms of presentation and content.

Posted by Archivist | Report as abusive
 

Overall it’s a very nice design, and I like it much better than the current version. I just don’t like the ticker on the top; it blends in with the top banner and should be more conspicuous.

Posted by butchyboy123 | Report as abusive
 

New, more sober, serious palette conveys authority and gravitas, is better than the tabloidish red top. Make the markets indices a ticker, accelerate Latest Headlines, cut the redundant old wire-style (Reuters) branding after every dateline, and ditch the distracting top-of-page banner ad — surely Reuters can get by without that revenue.

Posted by BJMay | Report as abusive
 

It’s OK, but if you are going to emphasize photographs, they need to be good ones, not boring head shots and bad pictures (Like the big blowup of Murdoch walking outside a building in today’s edition — what does that contribute? Nothing.)

I could do without the Twittering and emphasis on how many people have tweeted something. Who cares?

Posted by NewsLady | Report as abusive
 

One more thing, the index info is definitely worse. I don’t want to wait til the Dow flashes up, I want to see it as soon as I click over to the site. And I want to know how many POINTS it’s up or down without clicking on it.

You should leave the indexes the way you had them before.

Posted by NewsLady | Report as abusive
 

I love the drop-downs and the flash up top.

I would make it easier to scan a list of headlines, like a list on the top right module you had on your old page. The “latest headlines” tab is a little annoying to scroll through.

Posted by briandelmore | Report as abusive
 

So happy to see CNN’s style relegated back to CNN.

An excellent start to a refreshed very usable page.

The images might use a bit too much acreage on the page, but am so happy to see advertising is not the major player on the page.

Otherwise kudos on putting together a seemingly well thought out intuitive design incorporating style and branding.

Posted by crhy | Report as abusive
 

You have a “Multimedia” section at the bottom of your homepage. I do not see that in the newer version. Please do not remove that. It shows a small slideshow of pictures of recent event. I like that. The newer homepage only has a list of videos.

Posted by shirishgupta006 | Report as abusive
 

The Stock Exchange line in the black background header is illegible. Use of colours for print and background which reduces visibility below that of black print on white background reduces readability and may cause reading errors.

Posted by BobG62 | Report as abusive
 

I like the new look. Should the Follow Reuters section say Twitter “followers” instead of “fans”? (Not sure what LinkedIn/YouTube equivalents are.)

Posted by jambart | Report as abusive
 

Looks Great.. I also love the old format which has more pictures!

Posted by adithya12 | Report as abusive
 

change is something good.

Posted by Fation | Report as abusive
 

Agree with fkny7 that video news stories merit a much higher profile. As it is, some of the best stories of the day can only be found in the Dotcom basement. Instead they should be thumbnailed at the top of the home page. Compelling video = more visitors.

Posted by RobMuir | Report as abusive
 

I like it better because the layout of subjects is easier to get at like someone elssaid though the stock ticker isn’t necessary, there is generally to much emphasis on business here.

Posted by Dave1968 | Report as abusive
 

way radical… but with orange

Posted by leonbrit | Report as abusive
 

The layout flows much better. Love it!

Posted by JBaugh | Report as abusive
 

Simply 100% better than the current version! Where is the beta version for Reuters JP though, are they being skipped again? Reuters should put more effort into global presence not just US and EU.

I like what I am seeing so far.

Posted by iainj | Report as abusive
 

Hi Iainj, duly noted. We’d like to work out the kinks and see what breaks before cascading globally. Thanks for your input!
Ken

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

Hi Rob,
Working on this!
Ken

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

Thanks for the feedback. Very good point.

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

Hi Crhy,
Thanks for the feedback. We ended up breaking up the multimedia section to give videos and photos their own real estate. Clicking deeper into each section should reveal the vast troves of both.
Ken

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

Really good ideas. Thanks!
Ken

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

How about having your multimedia a bit more prominent or even along the left side rather than down at the bottom. Big fan of Reuters Insider and I think the multimedia feels a bit left out at the bottom.

Posted by ciscoz8 | Report as abusive
 

The layout of of the website its perfect but i find the red logo of Reuters better than the grey one.

Posted by Saleh_Amer | Report as abusive
 

I can’t see any advertising on the new homepage. Is that temporary, e.g. a Beta issue, or a business decision? Looks pretty good and keeps much of the design improvements in the last make-over.

Posted by nicfulton | Report as abusive
 

Hey Nic!
No ads on the homepage is a temporary thing.

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

Quite damaging for the brand of a supposedly international news agency that http://www.reuters.com is a U.S. site. I’m not sure what message you’re trying to communicate, Kenneth/Steve/Chrystia, by having an India site on in.reuters.com, a Japan site on jp.reuters.com (etc), but a U.S. site not on us.reuters.com but http://www.reuters.com

Having national versions as sub-divisions of a U.S. site is insulting. Surely it would be easy to have the U.S. site on us.reuters.com and use http://www.reuters.com as a “choose your edition” landing page?

Posted by sam34 | Report as abusive
 

Here’s what I think –

1. Alignment issues: individual boxes are not aligned properly. For example, in the new layout, the headlines box is to the left of the trends box. because of the varying height of the boxes above, the top of these two boxes are not aligned horizontally (as in, the headlines box is say 20px above the trends box). This looks awkward. Either both boxes (and all the others similarly) should be aligned w.r.t to their tops, OR the contents should be made fluidic.

2. Lots of screen space is being wasted in this new layout. For example, take a look at the white space left unused above the “videos” bar towards the bottom of the page. Blank/ excess of white space makes the site look as if there is LACK of content.

Overall, I like the new version over the previous – i love this “flatter” look, and probably the change was much needed too!

All the best.
Arun R.Nair

Posted by luttappi | Report as abusive
 

First impression – loved it. The grey is indeed very elegant.

However, the “latest headlines” seem to have found its way to the bottom of the page which is seemingly odd. In the previous layout, the categorisation of “Top News”, “Global Markets” etc was very convenient as opposed to having to scroll all the way down to read what is “new”.

Nonetheless change is good and best of luck :)

Posted by Seni90 | Report as abusive
 

Hi Senashia,
Thanks for the feedback. The top of the site carries the latest top news headlines across the entire news file. The latest headlines below the fold are those that are broken down by sector.
Ken

Posted by Kenneth Li | Report as abusive
 

The new site looks worse than the existing one, and is indeed reminiscent of the old Reuters website a few years ago.

The existing one is brighter, cleaner & function very well and carries a minimalist style.

Why would Reuters want to change the existing beautiful design?

Regarding functionality, if it doesn’t offer many new features, I won’t trade the existing site off.

All in all, keep your existing site & keep it clean, Reuters!

Posted by danieltsang | Report as abusive
 

Not exactly a home page comment, but web-related. I wish you’d kill that bass beat on the videos. It is unbelievably annoying. The home page is fine, but I hate wasting all the initial view on a close up of the president, when what I want is text without having to scroll.

Posted by JVL | Report as abusive
 

Excellent!

The more easily readable the better, me thinks

Reuters has access to timely statistics which need not be part of an article or analysis; but could easily be referenced as a footnote.

Credibility is what’s the name of the game in today’s IT media.

Posted by hariknaidu | Report as abusive
 

The update reflects a primitive understanding of how to present information. Neither the old or new version fully capture the integration of information or present the reader with feature rich layers. Clearly, you’re paying more for salaries than web development. The key to web development is not to carry forward print concepts into reflected media, but to create an information utility. I do like your print version. It does not pretend to be anything more than very traditional journalism. Letters to the editor all begin with “Sir”! Fortunately, the content remains insightful. As to your form, simply primative!

Posted by DJRP | Report as abusive
 

Very good. Really cool. Much better than what we have now.

Posted by muralisk | Report as abusive
 

I like the new colors. Shifting the weight from the Multimedia section to the footer by moving the background color makes the design a lot more balanced. The footer now actually look like a separate section now as opposed to the previous design, where everything below the Multimedia section looks like the footer or information that’s barely scanned and ignored.

The attention to small details such as “Back to Top” link in the footer is also nice.

A really frustrating issue I came up against is the Markets ticker (if we can call it that) on the top. I found it extremely difficult to use. Tickers are expected to scroll. The left and right arrows indicate that I can page through/scroll either direction and I should be able to pause and re-start scrolling somehow, but pausing isn’t possible. So there’s a conflict of expectation versus delivery here.

If it has to fade-in/out to refresh, I’d expect a particular piece of information (any Market for e.g. DOW) to stay in the same spot when a refresh cycle completes. However, what’s happening is that not only is the ticker scrolling horizontally (we can’t actually see this visually but it is) but also fading in and out (this we can see). I need to keep scanning to find the particular market I’m interested in as it never stays in the same place (which I’d expect). I’d suggest not mixing scrolling and fade-in/out.

It’d be nice if we can pin a particular market in place (a downside of the new design is that we cannot see them all at the same time) as we usually monitor one to two markets primarily.

It’d also be really helpful if we can have the “Sector & Industries” drop-down from the old design appear on mouse-over a particular market in the top bar.

An option to switch between Markets and Currencies in the top bar might be useful for some.

I’d also love to have the big drop-down which also shows article for “Analysis and Opinion” from the old design in the new one instead of just names. I have no way of knowing if there is new content. In fact, I’d welcome big drop-downs for all menu items which display top news/articles.

I’d prefer to combine the “Follow Reuters” block in the right column with the “Connect with Reuters” in the footer and use the space for more useful content. Personally, I’d value content way more than the numbers which I’m going to sub-consciously start ignoring after 2-3 visits anyway.

Most Popular and Most Shared Articles give us a larger sub-set to work with and can be more dynamic as compared to just Tweeted ones. A tabbed panel for these two would be nice.

Giving the Gallery it’s own space is nice. I’d like to try going a step further and add left-right arrows just as in the Video section to allow flipping through 3-5 galleries.

Overall I prefer the balance and cohesiveness of the new design. Sorting out the Markets ticker, integrating the more informative big drop-downs and a few tweaks should really take this further.

Posted by AGAG | Report as abusive
 

Looking good, but I’d suggest you focus less on pictures/images – in the content areas most readers are probably concerned about pictures *aren’t* worth 1,000 words.

Posted by ErikD | Report as abusive
 

elegant, I like the flow of information from markets to news, well organized for accessing information, versus many sights which force feed impressions. Very much like the new site.

Posted by TrueJT | Report as abusive
 

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
 

The new homepage looks nice. It is far better than the current homepage. I hope the change will cover not only the homepage, but also other pages.

In addition, the Arabic page of Reuters still appears with the old design. I do not know why has not it been upgraded?

Posted by RAMFAITORI | Report as abusive
 

I think the creation of communities is important – people want to read what their friends/colleagues are reading. In an age of diversified media consumption there are few “water cooler” moments available. People don’t like this fragmentation hence the popularity of Facebook “Like”. Would be good to have some sort of social media plugin so that not only can you see what the most popular and most shared articles/videos are but you can also see what has been shared by people within your Facebook/LinkedIn etc networks. See the Independent’s site for reference: http://www.independent.co.uk/

Posted by nigelhilditch | Report as abusive
 

Could you put a back to home page button at the end of each article?

That way, instead of scrolling all the way back to the top of the article and then clicking on your logo I can hit one button and return to the home page of articles.
Thanks!

Posted by stanrich | Report as abusive
 

I have a complaint not related directly to the new website but to your search box. I do not know why all the keywords that I type in defaults to a certain “set” of companies’ stock trading symbols. If I type in “Euro” in the search box I get returned a page about “Euro Holdings” a company that I have no interest in when I was looking for general news about the Euro currency.

Posted by jhchang | Report as abusive
 

it is easy,comfertable,self explainary,comrehensive,composed,more coverage,easy access to topics,easy to make choices,rapid access to contents,easy to comprehend,etc etc,thanks

Posted by naseer48 | Report as abusive
 

U.S…. U.S…. U.S….

A great new lick of paint on the homepage (it does particularly well at eschewing the directionless, unprioritised approach to news of the current version), but you’re still not doing yourselves credit compared to what I see on your wire when you’re serving up pages like this: http://in.reuters.com/news/health

Posted by trav14 | Report as abusive
 

I’m having big problems with searches. I regually search for certain companies, but the fuction seems to be broken now, even on the old site. For example, doign a search for ‘Unilever’ results in Unilever Nigeria Plc, even if you select Unilever PLC from the dropdown search suggestions. All I want is a list of recent articles that have the keyword ‘Unilever’ in them. Am I doing something stupid? :)

Posted by Tom978 | Report as abusive
 

I really like your new look, please keep the headlines fresh and up to date, that means up to the minute, no old stuff in the HEADLINES. BTW, your tech guys have done you good, moving around is smooth and quick, poor old MSNBC they just does not get it … it is choppy and slow. Keep up the good moves.

Robert of Mchigan.

Posted by RobertHorvath | Report as abusive
 

prefer the current one; more at ease with ‘columns’ of info.

Posted by bendy96 | Report as abusive
 

I love the new look, the drop down menu at the top allows for easy and fast-paced search of news items. Now you are gonna get me hooked! Thanks!

Posted by Tray | Report as abusive
 

I found the new look very compact and userfriendly. In the screen “Commodities: oil” the unit of measurement e.g. $/BBL is not provided. Same is with Natural gas price which should be expressed in $/MTBU. The information on quotes of commodities should be accompanied with unit of measurement.
Thanks.

Posted by tuku | Report as abusive
 

This is a very clean look, with more news featured and easier to access. This is my primary source for news now.

Posted by yummy8755 | Report as abusive
 

Like the clean design. my.yahoo.com has been my home page for more than ten years – ready to switch to Reuters … would love two things… The ability to customize and to have more information in one screen – like a dashboard.

Posted by DeadTV | Report as abusive
 

beta better

Posted by rusman | Report as abusive
 

It’s simpler to browse and more comfortable to view. However, I do wish that the content would resize with the browser window.

Posted by SeaWa | Report as abusive
 

Any webpage with a picture of Chrystia Freeland gets 2 thumbs up from me.

Informative feedback submitted.

Posted by aaron.mcpherson | Report as abusive
 

I like it, it’s clean and fresh. I like the ticker across the top.

Dan Hux
http://danhux.com

Posted by danhux | Report as abusive
 

Well…when I first saw the new homepage (via my bookmark), it appeared totally out of sync. Upon clicking a link, the normal ‘old’ format came up fine. Now, revisiting the homepage, it loaded fine. I like the appearance, since it seems a little more ‘modern’. Might take a little getting use to the layout, but otherwise I like it.

Posted by ballpark_frank | Report as abusive
 

The New design is pretty neat and decent.Background white color is correctly adjusted.

Different areas are segmented and can be easily accessible.

Videos are also placed appropriately,the ticker,color combination of orange,grey and white is good.

Overall its a Thumsup to the redesign team.

Posted by agadkar | Report as abusive
 

It’s an improvement, and actually brings to mind the home page of a couple of iterations ago. Much cleaner and directional.

Posted by DeanW | Report as abusive
 

I’ve lost the most important thing to me on the front page: The ability to immediately see (without using a calculator) how many points the DOW has changed. Please revise.

Posted by Thalya | Report as abusive
 

Layout Design 101

Place the full categorized list of clickable “LATEST HEADLINES” at or near the top of the page (not buried down near the bottom) instead of the awkward one-random-headline-at-a-time scroll bar. Jeez!

Please.

Posted by jca | Report as abusive
 

You need to show the indices not just with % up or down, but witn POINTS up or down, without necessitating another click.

Also, I was far more likely to read the columns when they were on the front page. Now only one is. Guess it’s psychological, but I am less likely to read the others now. It feels like you’re devaluing them, which makes ME devalue them, subconsciously.

You had a great site before, there was no need to tinker with it.

Posted by NewsLady | Report as abusive
 

“You had a great site before, there was no need to tinker with it.” -Newslady

Exactly. Previous layout was truly exceptional, user-friendly excellence. And now, whatta bummer!

Posted by jca | Report as abusive
 

Nice new look but I cannot find the currency exchange rates that used to be on the lower right.

Posted by BraveJulliett | Report as abusive
 

I don’t like it a bit. The columns were better. And where’s the little chart on the right-hand side that shows what the Dow etc is doing? Why can’t you people leave well enough alone?

Posted by helenhighwater | Report as abusive
 

cannot see the indices and currency rates on the opening page – this for me is a serious loss

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

coloured text is not very easy to read

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

coloured text is not very easy to read

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

Indices and currency rates not as prominent as before. Serios drawback.

Posted by fullfacility | Report as abusive
 

Much better!

Posted by VelDim | Report as abusive
 

Just returned to homepage and indices not there at all! Preferred old page. Looks like change for changes sake.

Posted by fullfacility | Report as abusive
 

Getting worse. Indices only appear sporadically. Share level only shows percentage change , not actual points change. Very disappointing. Moving to Yahoo.

Posted by fullfacility | Report as abusive
 

You would admit that all the suggestions that would be made on this forum would stem form the requirements of the individual. For me the change of the homepage did not mean much apart from a new look that makes viewing slightly refreshing.
It would be great if there is a java based applet on the homepage with constantly provides world updates as soon as they occur. Better still, if the domain (or combination of domains) for the news can be selected by the reader, like global markets or politics or commodities etc.

Posted by anshulagarwal | Report as abusive
 

It’s better in many ways, but indices should be on home page, the name of which should be changed to “base page”. This base page should then be anything one chooses, e.g., business, or community. It would be useful to have a one click return to this chosen base page. Regards,Kwango.

Posted by kwango | Report as abusive
 

Crisp, neat, easier to read.

Posted by 21jotage | Report as abusive
 

Please, please bring back the Top News category. Am lost without it! Thank you!

Posted by snowpea | Report as abusive
 

Currency exchange rates on the home page again, please or I will not have my computer have reuters as my home page.
So WHERE do I find the exchange rates?

Posted by BraveJulliett | Report as abusive
 

New site looks great, but where did the “Regulation” link go????

Posted by irv96 | Report as abusive
 

Much better, cleaner layout but no section on education.
I also think you are missing out by only getting comments from registered users. I am sure only a very small portion of your readers are registered users.

Posted by thelorax | Report as abusive
 

Good layout.

Posted by MDPAGE | Report as abusive
 

site seems to crash frequently cannot work down the categories windows 7 system works well on other sites

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

2 big issues I have with the new look.

1. Stock Ticker – I really only have interest in the DOW and S&P 500. It used to be on the right side of the page where I could glance at it in half a second and see what the markets were doing. I loved the ease and convenience of this. Now it’s on on a self-scrolling bar at the top, and I have to click it 2-5 times to see the DOW and S&P 500. It’s very slow, and very annoying that I can’t just quickly see where the markets are at a glance. At the very least, please give us an option of which market prices we want to see up there rather than forcing all those other prices and markets to scroll through.

2. More headlines – in each main category on the home page (World, Politics, Technology, etc) have more sub-headlines. That way we can both see what’s hot at the moment, and be able to click into more articles. Right now there are only one or two articles listed besides the main one in that category. I’d much prefer it if there were 3-5 extra articles listed under each main category. Without more links, I miss out on the news. You have it about right if you scroll below the main headlines to the “Latest Headlines”, but those should be moved higher up, or combined with what’s up there. Right now it’s as if there’s 2 sections to get news from, which is complicated.

I do like the new color scheme though!

Posted by Joel_Palmer | Report as abusive
 

Text colour is now much better thanks ?

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

Text colour is now much better thanks ?

Posted by bob1107 | Report as abusive
 

Where is the Science section? I’m not interesting in mixing the technology with the science (like Google).
Otherwise it’s ok, just have to adjust to it.

Posted by Oldguy55 | Report as abusive
 

“I’ve lost the most important thing to me on the front page: The ability to immediately see (without using a calculator) how many points the DOW has changed. Please revise.”

I agree with Thalya. Suggest also a preferences option for setting to display only US, Asian, Euopean, etc. stocks.

Posted by Buzz1234 | Report as abusive
 

@jhchang – ah yes, the search! not just “euro”, try “wen” too – you may want info on china leader but you ain’t getting it!

and even if you type something it lets you search for, you have to wade through 3/4 copies of every story?!?!?!

“intelligent information” :-D :-D :-D :-D

Posted by carlst | Report as abusive
 

The new home page is certainly an improvement but I sorely miss the market indices.

Posted by JMChapman | Report as abusive
 

All looks good but I hate the stocks ticker being at the top and changing every 2 seconds. It’s lost immediately you scroll down 1cm and, in trying to give more information, actually gives less because your eyes are elsewhere. Down the side and stick to the main indices as before please. Leave us to drill down further if we want to.

Posted by mosley123 | Report as abusive
 

Never mind the homepage, when I click on ‘Markets Home’ it quotes the market data and news stories from 3 days ago (25 July)!
Additionally, the home page on my screen, no doubt due to some sort of cookie, is showing a ‘developing story’ of the Japanese earthquake which was in March when I first accessed Reuters Home.
All in all not very good.

Posted by BSeabrook | Report as abusive
 

It’s nice to spruce the place up a bit and give it a better look. The important thing for me with Reuters is it’s first class reporting. So long as you maintain that you can change the Web Page whenever you like I will always find my way around it, though it, over it and under it.
Reuters, YOU DO A FIRST CLASS JOB. WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU.

Posted by AlgarvianMan | Report as abusive
 

The UK edition used to have a link to “Environment” (this was never available in the U.S. edition). Now I can’t find it. Reuters to environment: Drop dead?

Posted by Ectrudert2 | Report as abusive
 

I hate the ticker at the top of the page! Move 1″ away and it’s gone. It tries to display more information with a rolling refresh but actually reveals less because it’s too small and I can’t wait for it to come up with what I’m after. Currencies are also lumped in with stocks. Why?
Most people have 16:9 aspect ratios on their laptops or screens so why put everything in a 4:3 format? There is soooooo much white space to the sides.

Bring back currencies and most traded stocks now!

Posted by mosley123 | Report as abusive
 

We are working on the ticker, don’t worry!

 

Hello

My comment will be more on the content rather than the looks. Hope it would be useful.

I have been browsing through your web site and havent been able to find a major breaking story that has come out only a couple of hours ago — The resignation of top Turkish commanders. At the moment, this is the top story for Turkey, and BBC has been posting it on its main web site as a headline only minutes after the news broke. You can also view this story on the front page of CNN’s international web site.

But to my surprise and disappointment, even though some two hours have passed, I can’t find this headline in Reuters web site, neither on the U.S. edition nor UK edition.
The headlines are extremely U.S. focused, and yes the debt ceiling saga is surely the top story these days and eurozone debt crisis but I guess the Middle East and Turkey deserves much more attention when we’re going through an Arab Spring and unprecedented times in the region.

I also find it difficult to believe that Reuters, one of the world’s top sources of news and information, if not the biggest, does not have an international edition of its web site. I guess that’s a whole separate chapter.

I am hoping that the lack of this headline from your website is just a simple mishap, or perhaps a delay and not a shortfall in your news judgement.
Best.

Posted by Ali8080 | Report as abusive
 

I just checked again. You guys dont even have the Turkey news in your World news section!!! Unbelievable!

Posted by Ali8080 | Report as abusive
 

Dear Oldguy55,

The science section is found under the Technology tab, but it is not mixed. Here is the url for it: http://www.reuters.com/news/science. Hope you are adjusting. Please stay tuned for more updates and tweaks.

Best,
Katharine

 

Great! Glad you like it. Thanks for leaving that comment, bob1107.

 

Dear bob1107,

It should be working well.

Best,

 

Thanks, MDPAGE. Glad you like it.

 

Thanks, thelorax. And thanks for your comments suggestion.

 

Thanks, irv96. Glad you like it. Is this think “regulation” url you are looking for?: http://blogs.reuters.com/financial-regul atory-forum/

 

Dear BraveJulliett,

We are working on improving the homepage so please stay tuned.

Thanks,

 

Dear bob1107,

We are working on improving the homepage so please stay tuned.

Thanks,

 

Dear helenhighwater,

Thanks for letting us know. The charts are back on the right hand side. Hope you enjoy this new improvement. Please stay tuned for others.

Best,

 

Dear jca,

Glad you liked the older design and sorry you haven’t taken to the refresh yet. Hopefully, it will grow on you. It was designed to be more reader-friendly.

Best,

 

Dear NewsLady,

Glad you liked the older design and sorry to hear you don’t like the refresh as well. It is still a work in progress so please stay tuned.

Best,

 

Dear jca,

Thanks for your suggestion. The refresh is still a work in progress so please stay tuned.

Best,

 

Dear Thalya,

We are working on this. Thanks for your comment.

Best,

 

Thanks, Dean!

 

Glad you like, agadkar! Thanks for your comment.

 

Thanks, RobertHorvath. Glad you like the new look.

Best,

 

Tom978,

We are working on improving this.

Thanks,

 

Thanks for your comment, trav14. We are making improvements to the refresh. Hope you stay tuned.

Best,

 

Glad you really like, naseer48!

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi jhchang,

Thanks for your comment and suggestion. You don’t have to click on any of the suggested searches. We are continually working to improve our site so please stay tuned.

Best,
Katharine

 

Stanrich,

Thanks for your suggestion. We will take it into consideration.

Best,
Katharine

 

Nigel,

I agree with you. We are working on this. Thanks for your comment.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi Ramfaitori,

Thanks for your comment. The refresh is slowly happening across the board. Please stay tuned.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks for your suggestion, amkoppelman.

 

Thanks, jbaxter0313. This is a work in progress.

Best,
Katharine

 

The rollout is happening slowly, sunz3000. Thanks for your comment.

 

Thanks for your comment, pjdxxxwa. Customization would be nice. The refresh is a work in progress so please stay tuned.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks for your comments, hyperlux.

 

Robert1234, your comment has been noted. Thanks for letting us know.

 

Binkie, we are working on this. Thanks for letting us know.

 

Great! Thanks, thegrumpycook.

 

Thanks for your comments, rajl.

 

Ha, I don’t think so unless its warranted in a story for some reason. But, thanks for your comment, mustafaspeaks.

 

Klaatukat, your comment is well noted. Thanks very much.

 

Thanks for letting us know, jossy89.

 

Glad you like it, vksaini.

 

Thanks, newsspaniel!

 

Ok, thanks for leaving a comment and letting us know, mnj_04.

 

Thanks for leaving your thoughts, tdscreener.

 

Thanks for sharing that, flanban. It’s a work in progress so I hope you stay tuned.

 

We wanted a cleaner, more-user friendly look TedIrvine.

 

Thanks, In_California. We are working on improving that.

 

Thanks, Joeyjo!

 

Hi, 1001001, we are working on that part of the design. Thanks for your comment.

 

ThirteenOFive, sorry to hear you feel that way, but thanks for letting us know.

 

Great! Glad you like it TrueJT.

 

ErikD, thanks for letting us know your photo preference.

 

AGAG,

Wow. What a thorough review of the site. All your insights are very much appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to review the refresh in such detail. We are working on improving the markets ticker and the refresh is a work in progress so there are plans for tweaks as well. As for the “drop down” menus, as you call them, those have been streamlined but you can get updated “Analysis & Opinion” pieces on the Analysis and Opinion landing page: http://blogs.reuters.com/us/ so you should not be missing out on new and fresh commentary.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks, muralisk. Glad you really like it!

 

Thanks for letting us know, DJRP.

 

Thanks, hariknaidu.

 

Ok, JVL, thanks for letting us know/.

 

Ok, JVL, thanks for letting us know.

 

Hi danieltsang,

That is exactly what we were looking to do with the refresh — keep the site clean looking and offer new features. It is a work in progress so hope you stay tuned.

Best,
Katharine

 

Great! Glad you like it, JBaugh.

 

Hi leonbrit,

Thanks for your colorful comment.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks, JBaugh. Much appreciated!

 

Hi Dave1968,

I’m glad you like it better. And thanks for your other comments.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi RobMuir,

We are rotating in video at the top right of the homepage now on a consistent basis in order to give it more prominence and play on the homepage. Hope you like this.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks, Fation.

 

Thanks, adithya12!

 

Thanks, jambart. I think fans and followers can be used interchangeably in this instance.

 

Thanks, BobG62, for noticing this. The refresh is still a work in progress so please stay tuned for further tweaks.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks, sivasundaram.r!

 

Thanks for letting us know, Eideard.

 

Thanks, PalmTree!

 

Hi IanKemmish,

Yes, you are allowed to say that. In fact, others have made the same comment as well.

And, thanks for that suggestion. It is a good one.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi fkny7,

We rotate in video on the top right hand side of the homepage because we do realize you and our readers like video in this day and age. Video is much easier to find with this refresh. If you click on the video tab you can see the most popular videos down at the bottom of “categories”. It would be nice to see most popular video and articles. Thanks for your comments.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi Silverado,

We are working on this. The trend watch of tickers and tweets is now on the right hand side of the page.

Best,
Katharine

 

Thanks, VodKnockers. Personalization would be nice. We are still tweaking with the refresh so please stay tuned.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi JSDominik,

Thanks for letting us know.

Best,
Katharine

 

Hi mblake,

Thanks very much for your detailed comment about our images. We are working to improve all our digital platforms.

Best,
Katharine

 

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