When we did a major overhaul of the site this past fall, we noted an improved tablet experience would be on the way in 2014.
This is now live, along with a host of other improvements that have been a focus since the 2013-2014 season wrapped up.
Instead of seeing a tight desktop version of the site on an iPad (or smaller tablet), there’s a lot more breathing room, as the tablet experience is a close mirror of what we have on mobile — a single column of content with white space on the side. (For readers who like a smaller browsing/reading window on desktop, simply minimize your window to an iPad size and you’ll be able to experience the site as such.)
This change makes ITH more adaptive than responsive, as we’re not fully fluid and instead have distinct breakpoints for tablet and mobile.
Other enhancements/improvements are as follows:
Hello and welcome to ITH 3.0 — our first overhaul to the product since 2009.
When Alex and I discussed a re-design earlier this year, one thing was clear: In an era where mobile readership only continues to grow, we were lacking a modern experience. That changes now. Our codebase has a responsive breakpoint for smaller viewports, which means no more pinching and zooming the full desktop site to read ITH content on (most) smartphones.
At present, our tablet look mirrors that of the desktop. It’s acceptable, but not ideal. We’re looking to give a stronger tablet experience at some point in 2014. But due to the reality of our business model — one that relies on fixed-sized advertising units that don’t play well on a fully fluid responsive site, let alone a separate tablet look — it’s a challenge. And we want to get it right.
While things look different here, you can still find every resource and recruiting link from the previous incarnation’s home sidebar in the new look’s home sidebar. And all pages and posts have come on over as well.
As difficult as it is to announce, I will be leaving Inside the Hall to accept a position with Fox Sports and Scout.com covering Indiana basketball and basketball recruiting. I’ll join Terry Hutchens’ team at AllHoosiers.com on Wednesday.
I am truly sad to leave ITH and all of you after almost two years. You guys are some of the most educated and enthusiastic IU fans out there, and I’ll miss being able to interact with you on a regular basis.
On top of that, Alex and Ryan have been two of the best people to work with as well as two of the most talented guys I have ever met. It has been an honor to be part of the ITH team as long as I have and I’ll now watch from afar as it continues to grow and prosper.
I’ll still be around and I hope some of you will come over and read my work at my new home. But instead of rambling on, I’ll just cut myself off there and thank you for reading my work over the last two years. It’s been an honor to bring you IU basketball coverage.
As far as my replacement here at Inside the Hall, that will be announced early next week.
It was another successful season of Indiana basketball coverage on Inside the Hall and while the journey did not end in Atlanta at the Final Four as many had hoped, we want to thank those who have been reading for years as well as the new readers we picked up during the course of the season. Our latest State of the Hall update is available after the jump.
Our latest State of the Hall is available after the jump.
Inside the Hall is rapidly approaching its five-year anniversary. We’d like to request a few minutes of your time to give us feedback for our third reader survey, which is linked after the jump.
March Madness is upon us. And Indiana will be a part of the field. With that, it’s time for our bi-yearly “State of the Hall” update, which is available after the jump.