Site Update: We're switching up the homepage default on CrackBerry back to the traditional blog view!

By Kevin Michaluk on 28 Jan 2014 11:06 pm EST
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When we pulled the trigger on our CrackBerry site redesign last March, we introduced a new homepage design. Now, we didn't abandon the traditional blog view - it was still always accessible by tapping the "Switch to Blog View" button on the homepage, but by default we gave you the new featured view. The featured view was more headline driven, and presented a lot of stories on the page, but arguably made for a less (quickly) scannable browsing experience.

Tonight, while sifting through some of the early 2014 CrackBerry Reader Survey results, I decided most of you seem to just tolerate the Featured View rather than love it. And you all seem to love our award-winning CB10 app, which follows a more traditional chronological order of content presentation.

So because I love change, I love testing things, and I love trying to make all of you happy (knowing that I don't always succeed), we just flipped the switch on the homepage defaults.

Now if you visit crackberry.com on your desktop browser, or m.crackberry.com on your mobile, you will now see the traditional blog view by default. For those of you who do love the featured view, it's still accessible by tapping the "Switch to Featured View" button. These settings are of course remembered via a browser cookie, so once you choose your view it will stick so long as you accept cookies.

I'll leave at that for now, and let's see how it goes. If we ultimately don't like the change, we can always flip it back. Enjoy!

Topics: Site Stuff

185 comments

The Me

Finally, I can now make my bookmarks just crackberry.com

Posted via CB10

Scooter68

About time...

Posted via CB10

moyjoy

I second that!

Posted via CB10

phylez

3rd!

Posted via CB10

tommo7788

Worst thing is, the Android app is better!

Posted via CB40

Supa_Fly1

No its not! Very bug laden and stability issue on HTC One.
CB10 rocks and they've earned it hands down!

Waiting for  BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

huungryshark

Yup android app is better

Ericsson GF198(GSM900) im D2 Privat Netz

TechADD

Cool

Converting people to BlackBerry & BBM since 2010

maciek226

Alleluja

Posted via CB10

yourpoison

Finally, I was just sticking with the app to avoid that front page on my computer.

Posted via CB10

SweetlyUnspoken

I never noticed the switch existed. But after following Crackberry for only 6 or so month, I'm extremely thrilled about this change. I can only imagine for people who've been here since the first design switch.

Posted via CB10

edriss

+1.

if I knew I would go to the website more. But the new style; I found inefficient and kinda hard to find what I was looking for

Posted Via CB10 on my Zed 10

sk8er_tor

Luckily the site remembers which view you prefer when you log in. I'm very happy they're making the switch back to the Blog View!!!

xdoublejx

I always click blog view when I load it up. Like the change back!

Posted via CB10

gord888

+1 blog view was just faster to get the latest posts.

Posted via CB10

ThaMunsta

I only had to do it once, then as long as I as signed in it remembered. + 1 for the default change. Not sure how many use the new layout though. Either way I've been happy

keefrto

Thank ye

Posted via CB10

sibeans

agreed! i've found that articles seem to magically appear when i switch to blog view from featured view, thanks!

benny4u_06

Good move...!!

Posted via CB10

feldmen01

Thank you!

Posted via CB10

John Vieira

Good

via Z30 10.3.0.1337

Theilio

Nice signature... 10.3... really... :-)?!

Posted via CB10 / Z30 10.2.1

nanda_s

That's quiet an observation.
May be he is from future.

Q10 \m/

slagman5

You didn't notice the "1337" part, lol.

Prem WatsApp

+fun

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

LopeZ10

Thanks God now I don't have to go to that button first when I delete my browsing history and cookies

Posted With My ZL1 OS:Unknown Via CB10

bradpromac

I was wondering if the app was working the last few hours, does that have anything to do with that?

On my awesome BlackBerry Z30

Kevin Michaluk

We were doing some unrelated backend work earlier. If you were refreshing right at that moment you may have experienced a temporary issue. Unrelated to this though. For this we just flipped the switch.

bradpromac

Thanks Kevin, I was almost going to do the uninstall, reinstall thing

On my awesome BlackBerry Z30

madx80h

Holy shit, this is so much easier! I didn't even know about the Feature view setting, I thought there was something wrong with the organization of articles on the desktop site as I could never find the most recent articles - but I could on CB10. I like this!

gorang

Exactly how i felt. Stuff was just never where you last saw it.

Posted via CB10

PeterDR1

Any planned updates for the app? It would be great to edit and/or delete comments like this one from the app.

Thx!

We have apks cuz we need 'em not cuz we want 'em.

BionicKris

Yes! We do need to have the ability to edit /delete from the app. Hope it makes it's way here soon.

Posted via the incredible BlackBerry Z10

spectre229

Nice move. Good call Kevin. And thanks for listening.

Posted via CB10

Alexanderius

Yes!!!! Feedback is real!!!!! Thank you very much!!!

Monday_Rex

Awesome. Definitely like blog style better. However, CB10 is hands down the best way do get your fix.

Posted via CB10

Freakatola

There was a blogg view option?! I feel like I just reached the level of Tolerable with the new (now old) view. Glad to see the switch back.

Posted via CB10

KDB84

Thank you! Always hated the featured view, and I delete cookies all the time so I had to flip the switch frequently! Though I got a lot more use out of the CB10 app, considering it had the chronological layout... now to update CB10! Perhaps an option for headless, with hub updates indicating new posts?

Posted from my Z10 via CB10

NiqDy

Thanks! Hopefully it lasts or until something better comes up. Not complaining though.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925/10.2.1.1926

levinej

Great move, thank you Kevin & CrackBerry Team for a great start of 2014

Posted via CB10

PygmySurfer

Guess I'm in the minority, as I actually like the Featured view better :)

Bla1ze

Guess so but either way, I'm with you. I very much dislike the blog view so, I'm glad I can change it myself still.

dalight13

I'm with you on this... sometimes I load crackberry.com and it's in blog view and just switch it back to featured view!

Posted from my Q10 with only 1GB of RAM

gpompeus

Yes i think its a great idea.. I feel the new look a bit confusing to navigate..

garryporter

I have been enjoying this blog since 2003 and this is my native view so thank you sir.

birdman_38

I didn't mind the Featured View on mobile but never cared for it on desktop.

BGK

Fine with me - a change is as good as a rest - as they say - :)

jhimmel

Yeah, I always switched it back to Blog view anyway. Guess I wasn't alone.

Posted via CB10

Paunngaq

I lived the blog view and I'm glad it's back as the default view!

Z10 with OS 10.2.1.1925

FOR RIM

NO I LOVE FEATURED VIEW

atm33

Had the blog view of the site bookmarked to avoid seeing the featured view. Glad to see the change.

Posted via CB10 on Q10

xtremesniper

Awesome, thanks! Much easier to see if there's anything I've missed now.

kirshan

So glad you picked up on this, since the change I've been avoiding the website, it's just a bit messy, the only reason I use it is to search for particular comments or keywords in old posts (best done on a web browser)

But yeah most people are coming to crackberry would be regular anyway, so the latest news and articles would be better suited, I think.

Posted via CB10

sosof

Omg! Thank you! I thought I was the only one who hated the new way

Posted via CB10

CDM76

Good change!!!!

Posted via CB10

Christine85

I've set it to blog view the 2nd day the site got updated. Every time I log onto Crackberry, the page loads straight to blog view.

Lumute

Omg, yes!

Posted via CB10

sharranw

Thank you!!!

Posted via CB10

davehong

Hooray! I'm sure your website analytics tell you that most folks (myself included) click "Blog View"

yvpan1

hhm.. i personally like the full featured design though but anyway.. doesn't matter, it's the CONTENT that MATTERS THE MOST! keep moving, CrackBerry!

dannyd86

Featured view was more for the casual reader. For somebody who quickly checks daily it's a nightmare.

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

redk

I like the blog view for the mobile page and the featured view for the desktop browser. Either way I'm happy we have the choice to choose and overall I'm usually on the CB10 app anyways.

Posted via CB10

Kevin Michaluk

Cool! Yeah, I'm actually sort of with you. I grew to like Featured view on Desktop, but definitely preferred blog view on mobile.

We'll keep both options alive and selectable for now! Bigger updates coming in later 2014 that are exciting where we'll maybe see some more changes yet again.

FrankDLR1972

Yes, glad to hear this! Also, please remove the awful HP pop up ad.

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cottonakin

I second that emotion...

Shanerredflag

Liking that move.

Zee Z30 pozted thiz

willm

Wow, I just finished typing that into my survey and when I hit»"Done" and the survey kicked me back here, I see this! You're like the Cracked out NSA! Were you watching me as I typed?!?

mrcanoehead

Back to the good old times

Posted via CB10

MidnightWatcher

It's about time. The blog view should have remained the default view from day one.

Posted via CB10

eshadiq

I actually prefer the blog view, and one of those who had to click to switch. Good move Kevin!

Posted via CB10

Schmurf

Kevin, thanks for the change. I prefer the chronological order.

Posted via CB10

peter0328

Yay! I hate all featured views. I don't want someone to tell me what's important. I need to read all the information and articles and come to logical conclusions myself.

Posted via CB10

GaJetski

Like! Kip it simple stupid

Posted via CB10

vennivettivecci

Finally!!! LOL it's wayyyyyy better in blog view.

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BBPandy

Glad to hear it. I use to hate having to keep switching to blog view

Posted via CB10

tnewton85

I'm rock hard

Posted via CB10

tnewton3

Awesome, I only used CB10 app because I loved the traditional. Thanks!

Posted via Q10

Ragbert

Thank you so much!

Posted via my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.1.0.4189

cscott44

Will be so much better!!

southlander

Nice. I like the blog view better.

Z10STL100-4/10.2.1.1925

bassicmama

Thank you!!! I so much prefer chronological view, and every time I visit the site I have to reselect the blog view, it doesn't save preferences. This will be so much easier. Thanks for listening!

Posted via CB10

Marcaroni

Both views have their own strengths, but I would like to pay tribute to the marvelous content presented by you folks daily, to all BlackBerry lovers and users all around the world. Thank you very much!

BlackBerry Z10 | 10.2.1.537
OUTSTANDING • AMAZING

gpktom

About time!

Posted via CB10

BerryRipe

I honestly don't notice any difference.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

SlackerKing

Woot! Switching to blog view as the default is great. I usually switch to it if I'm not using CB10.

Posted via CB10 on my  Z10

SparkyBC

Featured view is still best for mobile. Blog takes to long to scan quick what's new topics.

bizzyqu

I actually like the old style, thankfully we get to choose because CrackBerry is awesome. I just pretty much exclusively use the news time line on the left in featured view because you can see everything faster.

Goldthorn

Great! Blog view is better

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

xBURK

No complaints here. Thank you!

Posted via CB10

imcurved

Nice. Thanks.

 CB10 

kenzo_44

I got addicted to the featured view...One could jump onto crackberry, check out what's new by reading the headlines and decide whether to leave or read...The blog view is too much scrolling - Natural human tendency : We don't like change. I would definately love to give it a try...

ANTIABE

Oh yeah! Good news!

Posted via CB10

Graheem

Yes! Good, about time. Thank you.

Z10 10.2.1.1925!

croman

Awesome news. Hated how it was previously.

Posted via my Z30STA100-5/10.2.1.1259

Sulfuric

Cool, saves me a click when I go the the site. Every click counts. :)

Omnitech

Goody - now I won't have to keep changing it back every time..

snpd

Nice move, thanks.

Posted via CB10

BGK

Changed my mind, I like the way it has been, thank heavens we can change back.

Stephen Green

will this also apply to the PlayBook?

My Z30 to CB10

Rootbrian

Thank you!

Posted via CB10

Drew Oswalt

Thank you. I like to see the articles in chronological view. Always hated that the button for blog view came up towards the end of the home page loading.

Posted via CB10

nick13b

That's right you are. Nobody liked the new site layout. Thank goodness you have finally come to your senses. Yay for old site back!!!!!

Posted via R115-Aramis.

drcrane

Apparently a few people liked it, to each their own...

Me, I literally felt nausea looking at the new design, my eyes were being torn in so many directions I couldn't comprehend what I was seeing. I literally wanted to scream and did in a few comments ;-)

It didn't affect me much though since CB10 offers a beautiful, simple, smooth and fast interface and it's what I use 99% of the time.

Posted via CB10

gunmetal

Thanks, I was just complaining about this the other day!

Posted via CB10

Supa_Fly1

Kevin please please sync bog commentary replies to the respective forum topics please!!!

It's very difficult to find topics of my own posts/replys from the PC Web page, or of others, since these are not synced.

Waiting for  BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

buckwylder

Some quick results!

Posted via CB10

agarwal.apar

Thanks Kevin for hearing us out.. I have already filled out the survey! Hope I get to win $100 gift card ;)

davinci4real

Supported!

From Zuri my Z10.

ehcanuck

I am happy!

#TeamBlackBerry - 10.2.1.1925

BitPusher2600

Triple Yay! I prefer the traditional style as well.

Posted from BitPusher's Q10

kjpeigan

Either/or is cool...BlackBerry rocks on!!!

Rocking the Z30 Regina SK Canada

Xandrex_BSCF

Finally! Thanks you.

Posted via CB10

DezertDwella

For the life of me I can not browse blackberry OS files on this new site! The older view of that particular page was just perfect I dont know why it was changed since everything was in such a user friendly order! If someone can tell me where I can find OS releases and leaks (not bb10) would great!

Posted via CB10

S_E_P_35

Finally!

Posted via my Z10

theHip

THANK YOU.

Posted via CB10

jimmisharma

No updates :( Vodafone taza greece

Posted via CB10

kennyiceberry

Yeah it sux, but wrong thread...? ;)

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

Glow123

How do I get rid of the floating stuff (headings: Best Blackberry Phone, Download Android APKs, etc.) that's always overlaying the top part of the screen and obscuring my view of part of the page? Is that just something that affects folks who have their fonts set quite large (like 32)? I would think that there would be many complaints if it looks this way to everyone! I've had to use a FF add-on called Tranquility to overcome this problem and actually enjoy reading the articles.

schwede

Very much appreciated.

kennyiceberry

Barely noticed the original change last March. Once I did notice, I realised it was * slightly* inconvenient, from my own POV. Not a big deal. Marginally prefer the landing page as it is now after the switch back.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

facegirl

Whew! Thanks.

Posted via CB10

koboss

This is great thx

Posted via CB10

TheHK

Yaaay! I was wondering if I was the only one that likes traditional view more.

Posted via CB10

bounce007

Yes!!!!! I always used the traditional blog view. Thank you CrackBerry!

yasmar

Good move!

Posted via CB10

igotberryfever

Thanks Kevin, :)

Posted via CB10

sandman10

Bravo! *clap* *clap* *clap*

gordongr

Thank you, the featured view on a phone is annoying

andrewmcwhirter

Thank You. Now I don't have to switch it every time.

Posted via CB10

Bigpoint

Kevin, smartest move you've made in a while in terms of my satisfaction with CB homepage. I'm on it at least a couple of times a day and always switched to blog view. Thanks for doing this.

Pat

bmorgan67

You guys are on the ball, I much prefer the blog view. Thanks

Posted via CB10

rjqq

CrackBerry, not only the best community but the best editorial staff. Who else responds to reader feedback so quickly?

Posted via CB10

stardomains

I always pressed "Switch to Blog View". It was tiresome.
Good change.

qabb

Yes! Thank you! Every time I visited the page I had to manually click switch to blog view. Now I don't have to. Thanks!

Posted via CB10

chaoticblissx

Finally cut out the wasted step of switching it back. Hated the feature view from day one!!

coolcut

Likes this

Posted via CB10

Stephen Hollowood

Nooooooooooo I hate blog view it's so boring I like looking at the feature view I don't have miles of scrolling that way

Posted via CB10 via My Q10

veii

Thank goodness for that!

Posted via CB10

christoph77

Good stuff :) awesome

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

netviper

Hated the new homepage. Always use the blog view.

Posted via CB10

advil_yum

Thanks. Always thought the "featured" view was too busy since it came out, and harder to find an article posted a few days ago.

kthhrrsn

I used the blog view by default. It was the only way to ensure that I didn't miss any articles. Thanks!

stratus10601

Thaaaaaankkk youuu!!! Shit is confusing lol

Posted via CB10

axllebeer

I can see the "featured" view great for new visitors, but I personally never used it.

Posted via CB10 via the power of " Q "

CHRISPY44

These are the things that make Crackberry stand out from the rest. You exactly listen to your followers and react quickly. Nice job guys.

Posted via CB10

oakvillerelopro

Thank goodness. Hated the new site look and had only been using the app as a result.

Posted via My rocking Z30 on CB Forums

tayl0rd

Happy DAYS! I hated even visiting the site anymore with the Featured View. And to be honest, I didn't even know you could change it. Featured View is just way too slow to load on my work laptop, which is what I use 99% of the time to visit the site.

TripNFry

awesome, although with my default set to blog view, I'd totally forgot there was a feature view. After originally trying it when it started, for someone who checks Crackberry multiple times a day, the feature view just didn't cut the mustard.

cottonakin

When I click on "Continue Reading" at the bottom of a story, "Open in New Tab" as a Default would be very much appreciated.

s2by10

Small thing but big improvement. Thx CB!

saakhus

Like the featured view better.. Apparently it's just me....

Spdyrel

Wow, thank goodness. I actually complained about that in the Crackberry Survey

Posted via CB10

otherguy41

Great news! I hated the new view and always switched back to "blog view"

Posted via CB10

majikshop

Excellent! I exclusively use the blog view!

Posted via CB10

dracolnyte

Yes please. Hated that feature view if I have already read the featured article

Posted via CB10

mozartpc27

Good change. Feature view was (no offense) worthless.

Posted via CB10

khd941

Who gives a rats ass wat u do

DaedalusIcarusHelios

I switched it back to the featured view. Only because the column on the left is an easier way to see what is new really quick and what I haven't read. I don't really even look at the larger featured column. I just click on the item on the left to view the article.

zeratul65535

I like it this way. It was always the first thing I clicked when I visited the desktop/tablet versions of crackberry.com - "Swich to Blog View".

sklotz2000

* CLICK * Ah, yes... there's the Feature View that I know and love.

law2010

Woohoo! This makes life a bit easier and let's me get my reading on quicker.

tyguyone

Yesss! Thank you, Kevin!!

Soham Z10

Thank you!
You got my exact feeling when you said " just tolerate"...
Thanks :)

Gerald L

Love the CB10 app and how it works.

Posted via CB10

Z69

Now that's staying true to your customer base

Posted via CB10