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New Yahoo HomePage Launched

The beta we've been seing for a while is now official...

     
10:41 pm on May 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It looks like Yahoo have launched the new design officially. Upon first visiting the new Yahoo.com, there is a big bar across the top that offers a guided tour of the new design.

I really like what they've done with this new design, it's a lot more cohesive and the use of AJAX is definitely a plus. There also seems to have been a shuffle in their search results (as mentioned in another post).

Yahoo Inc.'s Web site is unveiling a new look today as the Internet powerhouse strives to remain the world's most popular online destination and strengthen its advertising appeal.

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[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:01 am (utc) on May 16, 2006]
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2:27 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I like the tour, very slick. Dunno about the site design, seems even more cluttered than before, but I can see a logic to it all.

What do others think?

2:36 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They moved search above where you first look. This will hurt their search business. MSN and Yahoo will never understand as long as their front page does a lot more than seach they will never catch Google. People go there because they believe that a clean front page means better results. Back when Google and Yahoo had the same results I had people tell me all the time they used Google becuase it had better results.
2:57 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The new http://search.yahoo.com/ [search.yahoo.com] looks so much like Google's home page that I did a double take. It's almost exactly the same, except the logo is all red, not multi-colored.
3:06 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting that the Yahoo preview doesn't support Safari.
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Power to them. Anything is better then greedy Google nowadays. Can't wait to see the scales tip.
4:21 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The new [search.yahoo.com...] looks so much like Google's home page...

I'm seeing the same search as before: A search box with some news beneath it.

The new Yahoo page wasn't live earlier today for me, but it's live right now. Looks great. Yahoo has a good touch with graphic design elements and layout.

I like the big links to radio, weather, local, and movies. That button for the Yahoo Local looks fairly useful. Well done.

One thing that seems like wasted space is the link for the YIM download, even though I already have the latest version AND I'm logged in to MyYahoo.

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4:24 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sadly, there is no mention of the Yahoo Directory on the homepage...
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...no mention of the Yahoo Directory on the homepage...

It's on the search bar, a logical place for it. Probably a reflection that web surfer's habits may have changed to searching in a box instead of drilling down through links. What would you rather do? I never liked drilling down through links.

5:49 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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nice... i like... now if they can only get their indexing right...
6:56 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is it just me or did everyone notice that Yahoo's home page is no longer designed for 800x600 browser.....!

Till recently I was thinking of not changing my sites layout till Yahoo changes its layout and abandons 800x600.

Wow.. I like the new layout.. except

Left Menu and other buttons.. only the text is the link and not the whole button. Should be very easy to do it using css, but no.. they made it not so friendly. (hopefully will change it)

Vishal

P.S.. I noticed that they do have a option to switch to 800x600 layout and to change layout colors.. that is pretty nifty.

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I really like it but it's not exactly small in the filesize stakes.

Something like 90k's worth of HTML & CSS and another 90k's worth of JS + a scattering of images push it up around 250k+.

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You can click the page options drop-down and switch to narrow layout (800x600)
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I really like the way that you hover your mouse over the Mail button and a box appears below with your latest 4 mails.
2:52 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The new design is appearing for me for some three weeks now,it looks better than old one
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Well, they were a cluttered portal before, and in many ways, that continues. What's different is that now the homepage clutter is a bit better organized, conceptually and aesthetically, and that it's slightly personalized in that it provides some information that's specific to your personal settings (i.e. local temperature / weather, # of new messages in your inbox, etc).
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Sadly, there is no mention of the Yahoo Directory on the homepage...

There's a "mention", but no directory categories on the front page.

The lack of directory categories on the new Yahoo homepage is like a huge kick in the teeth for businesses paying Yahoo for directory listings.