Welcome to ITH 4.0

  • 12/18/2015 6:15 pm in

Happy Friday and Happy Holidays to you all.

As you may or may not have noticed, I just went live with a re-design of the site. It’s our first significant revamp to the product since the fall of 2013.

If things aren’t looking right, do us a favor and clear your cache. If things still aren’t looking right, shoot me an email (rcorazza at gmail dot com) with your browser and operating system. We’re still working out some of the kinks and your help with bugs is much appreciated. General feedback and comments are also welcomed.

From my perspective, the code base was becoming too bloated. I’m now using LESS to write styles locally and have streamlined markup.

From the reader’s perspective, the goal here was to de-clutter, simplify, modernize and bring content to the forefront. If you’re on a huge monitor, we’re no longer squeezed into the middle of your screen at a fixed width. The header and footer expands to fill out most of the width and you’re treated to larger photos of Jamie’s great work. On mobile, photos and video now expand the full width of the viewport.

I also tracked click behavior for the last six months and have re-worked the top navigation to highlight what’s getting used the most. If something you used to find in the header navigation is no longer there, it’s likely down in the footer now.

One other thing: Our Twitter feed is no longer in the sidebar. It’s here on the #iubb page. There are more tweets and it’s a richer experience as far as media is concerned.

Alright, that’s about all I got. Thanks for reading!

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  • Mr_Howard8h

    Twitter feed on the sidebar was a great feature of the site, and a huge reason I was a frequent visitor, sad to see it change.

    Overall, looks very nice though. Good work.

  • InTheMtns

    I agree. After checking out the tweets (and links) in the Twitter feed on the sidebar, I often went to #iubb for additional tweets, but I liked the latest and the highlights being quickly in front of me when I opened the ith page.

    Like you, I often opened ith just to see what was in the latest twitter feed. I’ll miss it there, too. Maybe Alex and Ryan will reconsider bringing it back.

  • Tyler T

    Very nicely done. Glad to see the site continually improving.

  • who’syourhoosier

    So far I’m McLuvin the changes. Thank you!

  • Ole Man

    Excellent work! Really “pops” now.
    Working fine in Chrome.

  • Just bookmark this page: http://www.insidethehall.com/iubb/

    We had a lot of issues with the sidebar widget, especially with certain links not even working at times. The widget on the linked page should be far more reliable.

  • bleeding crimson

    Alex, I have to agree…i usually follow the twitter feed on the side bare instead of going to another page. The other issue I have is that on my work computer, the screen is larger, but none of the post are as usual. All of the post are on the left-hand side of the screen with no content.

  • Have you cleared your browser cache as stated in the post?

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Now that the design has changed, I am more aware of all the ads and animations/videos. Is it just me getting used to a new interface, or has it always been like that? As I am writing this post, there are about three annoying ad animations/videos playing at the same time. I feel like in the past when I would scroll to the section with the posts/comments, I was not as aware of the ads as I am now. But it could be because I am yet to get used to the new design. Thanks for all the hard work, just giving my honest feedback.

  • Looks fine for the most part, but I do miss the Twitter feed that’s now been replaced with like 5 or 6 intrusive ads. Looks like I’ll need to install an ad blocker to use this site now.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Ah, so I’m not the only one bothered by the ads. Of course, there’s always a price to being on a “free” forum. And I do appreciate the hard work from Alex, Ryan and Co..

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    How long did it take for the change in format. IT is something I am unfamiliar with so curious to know how long it takes to get the new format. Nice job.

  • Bothered, but also understand I’m getting something for nothing for the most part. Always appreciate the effort here, and realize the ads are becoming pervasive everywhere.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ole Man is right. Google Chrome works best.

  • OhioHoosier

    Love the changes other than the Twitter side bar removal. Often times, I just need a quick look to see if anything has happened or if the feed is producing anything interesting and that was my source. Love ITH and I hope to join the forum community at some point but unfortunately,I will probably have a few less views on my phone due to the side bar removal. Not due to of lack of care, but occasionally there is only time for that quick check.

    Other than that, great changes. Aesthetically, the site appears sleeker and the images are even clearer. Now time to take down ND!

  • Appreciate the feedback, but the ads are the same in terms of volume as the old layout. Nothing new has been added.

  • Arch Puddington

    The layout looks great. I’m not as bothered as others by the
    loss of the Twitter feed since I follow Alex and get his updates that way. My
    only complaint is not unique to this site, namely the video ads. I don’t mind
    the screen real estate they occupy, but they routinely cause every browser I
    use to run slowly or crash. I use Chrome on both my home and work PCs, and iOS
    on my iPhone 6 and my iPad, and all of them struggle when I’m on ITH. Sometimes
    it just loads slowly, other times there is significant lag when I’m typing a
    comment, and sometimes it crashes completely.

    I get it that the ads keep the site going, and some of it could
    be alleviated with different habits (I could type my comments in Word, for
    example, and I could close Pandora when I want to read ITH). But for whatever
    its worth, it gets harder and harder to visit without facing technical
    difficulties.

  • I understand your concern there for sure. Unfortunately, we have little control on what ads specifically show when dealing with ad exchanges.

  • Arch Puddington

    Alex, I shouldn’t have even used the word “complaint” in my original post. It was an observation, but nothing I hold against either ITH or any of the other websites I visit. The bills must be paid, and I absolutely understand the necessity of working with the ads that underwrite the content I enjoy. I either need to change my habits in the way I mentioned, and to which you added, or just accept the minor frustrations as entirely worth the benefits of enjoying great content and the chance to interact with others who share my interests.

    Truly a first-world problem. Onward and upward we go.

  • Mr_Howard8h

    Exactly, on the Twitter feed. I’m sure it was a tough decision for ITH to make, and had good reasons for the change, but that feed was what really set this site apart from all the other IU sites out there.

    It may sound odd, but the Twitter sidebar was the reason I would always check this site FIRST before the others, because Alex and co. always had a good grasp on what happened lately in the college basketball and iubb world. I can’t tell you how many times I checked ITH during work solely because of that Twitter feed haha.

    I’m still a fan, and I don’t want to sound like I’m cranky and will “take my business elsewhere,” but I’m just giving feedback because it was asked. I love the site and appreciate all the work you guys do here.

  • It’s still on the site, just not on the main page: http://www.insidethehall.com/iubb/

    And this format is better than what was in the sidebar, which didn’t render correctly a lot of times.

  • Bk39

    I like this a lot, the large photos & video, the ads downloading after the story, so I can start reading with no wait. Reading the text is much easier with the full width. Seems to download quicker and more smoothly. I will miss the Twitter feed, but not that much.