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#1 BRK

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:10

Is it just me or is anyone else seeing the new look on the Autosport news page? It looks...incomplete? Is this WIP or a new design direction?

 

 


Edited by BRK, 03 March 2021 - 13:10.


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#2 absinthedude

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:16

I'm getting the new look pages. WIll take a little getting used to but the change isn't drastic. I've not seen anything to dislike....so this isn't like the Facebook makeover....



#3 Vitesse2

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:26

It's essentially the same style-sheet as motorsport.com - who are of course the current owners of the site.

 

They're both now hosted on the same server in Germany.



#4 pacificquay

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:36

It looks decent.

 

Every time this site evolves its look, people complain.

 

Usually this isn’t because it’s worse, it’s just because it’s unfamiliar.



#5 Imperial

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:47

Haha indeed, just like at work whenever a new database is introduced and the entire organisation is up in arms at how awful it is, and one week later nobody is even talking about it.


Edited by Imperial, 03 March 2021 - 13:48.


#6 Risil

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 14:02

Not sure the fonts are quite right. 

 

Good to see the Forum link up there in the top menu, on desktop and mobile. :up:



#7 john winfield

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 15:10

Not sure the fonts are quite right. 

 

Good to see the Forum link up there in the top menu, on desktop and mobile. :up:

 

Am I seeing the same thing Risil?  For me the Forum link has gone from the Autosport front page, only accessible through 'More'. Just a single extra click, so no big deal. I use a relatively small screen with my desktop so will this have restricted the visible, one-click options?



#8 Risil

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 15:21

Am I seeing the same thing Risil?  For me the Forum link has gone from the Autosport front page, only accessible through 'More'. Just a single extra click, so no big deal. I use a relatively small screen with my desktop so will this have restricted the visible, one-click options?

 

Sounds about right. Looks like the header options on the right get turned into "More" depending on how wide your browser window is. 



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:02

I have a 24" screen here. At 100% magnification there's a white margin both sides and I see the forum link, but it goes to 'more' if I increase it to 110% - I have to go to 120% to fill the whole screen, at which point 'other series' disappears as well. At 170% all the links disappear!



#10 Silberpfeil

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:03

I think this is bad. Too many headlines and unnecessary elements fighting for attention, the News section is SO FAR down the page (even worse on mobile) and the big white bezels make the whole thing look unfinished and cheap.

The mobile version in particular is genuinely woeful. Seriously, who thought I‘d want to scroll through headlines, the dates for the next race, standings, results, an “In the Spotlight“ section that basically Motorsport Group advertising, a dedicated section for Plus content AND the calendar just to get to the bloody news?

The longer I look at it, the worse it gets. This can‘t have been tested before it was rolled out…

Edited by Silberpfeil, 03 March 2021 - 17:04.


#11 BRK

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:14

I'm not complaining, just sharing feedback. I called it incomplete in the OP because I see a lot of white, blank spaces everywhere (including the login landing page), and the content tiles don't appear fully aligned? The 'Plus' features are getting lost against the backdrop. I'm no tech guy but it looks like it could be a CSS styling thing. 


Edited by BRK, 03 March 2021 - 17:17.


#12 chdphd

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:52

Could be a cache thing with the CSS. Do a hard refresh (shift and F5).



#13 Raemius

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 23:50

What a complete mess!

It's just a mass of pictures shouting for attention, there's no easy logic to navigate without going back to the top menus every time. On the phone it's even worse, as all the large pictures take up all the real estate.

Also, they yet again (3rd time in a month) managed to make my account invalid so I had to think of yet another password for yet another reset.



#14 Garndell

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 00:25

I have a familiar dislike for the massive wasted space on the sides of the screen, it's not great @ 1080p but horrendous @ 4K (the BBC are guilty of it too) but my main issue is that the "profile" pic on the "autosport.com/f1" page is a stinking ferrari!!!  :rotfl:

 

On the flipside I had no issues logging into the site, not password issues or anything like that.  Is there a dark mode coming?  My eyes would seriously thank you for that.



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 08:31

There's so much wasted space.  There is a single trending article from Sept 2010.  The news section on the homepage is just 'in the middle' somewhere.  Te fonts are too small.  The images are too dominating.  Thew news filter just looks confusing too.  It's a mess.
 



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 16:41

The desktop-page is fine. I would like a dark-mode though, as it is very white.

 

The website on phone is absolutely awful. It's not yet motorsport.com with their very shady ads under each article, but man this is an awful design!



#17 absinthedude

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 17:19

The wasted space is nowhere near as bad as Facebook. That is still totally unusable as far as I'm concerned. Autosport seems to work OK on all my devices. I'm neither/nor on this. I don't see any specific pros or cons to the redesign.



#18 chdphd

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Posted 11 March 2021 - 21:01

Mobile menu on desktop now. That's a bit lazy.



#19 BRK

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Posted 12 March 2021 - 04:10

This has got to be an average looking website / UX at best by any objective standard, surely - 

 

Spoiler
 
Yes, it looks like motorsport.com, but that's not saying much, unfortunately. With testing starting today there should be a spike in traffic to what essentially looks like a half-done website...I'd love to know what kind of on-page metrics they're seeing with this messy layout and all the 3rd party links. Not to mention the hit to SERPs. Currently Autosport appears to be nested somewhere on the 2nd page of Google.

Edited by BRK, 12 March 2021 - 04:14.


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#20 Risil

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 20:33

One bonus of the new site seems be that it's cured my problem of being continually logged out.

#21 RPM40

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 20:47

It kind of hides the forum a bit. You have to hover a menu to find the forum option



#22 Garndell

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 20:53

The new look still forces you to go back to the homepage to access F1 Live, will probably be the same for driver ratings.



#23 Myrvold

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 23:35

One bonus of the new site seems be that it's cured my problem of being continually logged out.

 

I'm not able to log in :p



#24 richardprice

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Posted 21 March 2021 - 23:42

Quite a few missing links, for example the calendar links are all missing content:

 

https://www.autosport.com/f1/schedule/

 

https://www.autospor...edule/upcoming/

 

https://www.autospor...m/f1/standings/



#25 noikeee

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Posted 23 March 2021 - 20:05

It really does look like the CSS only half loaded.  :lol:
 
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Why is half the page white?? Why do I see a massive black box in place of where a article would be?? Why does the article fonts look like Times New Roman or something, which then clash with the other more modern fonts? Actually there's like 5 fonts here and they all clash with one another??
 
I tried SHIFT+F5, I've tried disabling Adblock to see if it'd fill all the empty spaces with ads, nothing.


Edited by noikeee, 23 March 2021 - 20:06.


#26 YoungGun

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 10:33

With ADBlock Off and the Site White Listed, using Firefox on a Windows 10 Laptop this how it displays for me.

 

 

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Edited by YoungGun, 24 March 2021 - 10:33.


#27 Myrvold

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 14:18

I like how I reach the 3 monthly free articles randomly at any point during a month/"month". And it both tells me to subscribe, or try a 30-day trial, which both are useless as I cannot log in at all  :drunk:



#28 richardprice

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 21:46

The F1 season is about to begin, and the calendar isn't available - that was a big part of the reason I use and subscribe to Autosport, because it gave me local times for upcoming races.  Now, its not available at all - "Sorry to disappoint you" is all I get.



#29 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 29 March 2021 - 14:48

The F1 season is about to begin, and the calendar isn't available - that was a big part of the reason I use and subscribe to Autosport, because it gave me local times for upcoming races. Now, its not available at all - "Sorry to disappoint you" is all I get.


https://www.motorspo...om/f1/schedule/

The official app is handy for this as well.

#30 richardprice

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 03:21

The F1 season is about to begin, and the calendar isn't available - that was a big part of the reason I use and subscribe to Autosport, because it gave me local times for upcoming races.  Now, its not available at all - "Sorry to disappoint you" is all I get.

 

More than 2 weeks later and the calendar is still showing an error page.

 

Seriously?  

 

Laughing stock.  Did anyone actually QA or UAT the new website before it went live?  If so, someone should revisit their sign off...



#31 SophieB

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:07



More than 2 weeks later and the calendar is still showing an error page.

 

Seriously?  

 

Laughing stock.  Did anyone actually QA or UAT the new website before it went live?  If so, someone should revisit their sign off...

 

I am not sure how widespread your experience is - it's working for me:

 

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The above screenshot is what I see using windows 8.1 and Chrome.

 

Are you signed into the website? I'm not even sure if that makes a difference but I'm puzzled.



#32 richardprice

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:35

Doesnt matter if Im logged in our out, the menu takes me to the following URL

https://www.autosport.com/f1/schedule/

And that has a “Sorry to disappoint” error instead of any content...

Its not just the F1 page either, all the calendar links are the same.

#33 YoungGun

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:50

richardprice, your link works fine for me. No errors here on my end and I am using Chrome 89, Windows 10.  



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Posted 10 April 2021 - 21:25

Works fine here too on safari, iPhone 11 Pro Max