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!

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

185 Comments

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!

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

+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

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!!!

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925/10.2.1.1926

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.

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

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

Posted via CB10 on Q10

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

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.

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!

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

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

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

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.

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?!?

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

Posted via CB10

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

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

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

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

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.

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...

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

Posted via CB10

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

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

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

Posted via CB10 via the power of " Q "

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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".