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Posted By: James Allen  |  06 Jun 2014   |  6:13 pm GMT  |  125 comments

Welcome to the exciting new redesign of the James Allen on F1 website.

Listening to our large and engaged audience and looking at the demands for a leading F1 site over the next few years, we have made some changes in that we believe will move the site forward.

We already have 60% of our readers outside the UK, but we are opening the site up to a much larger international audience, thanks to the embedding of a built-in “Translate” facility from Google, allowing users to read posts in situ on the site in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (Brazil).

The revised site has also been optimised for social media and there is a new section, “People are talking about” which shows what are the most engaging topics for the moment among users.

In the past two years we have enjoyed great success with the themed Innovation and Technology section on the site, with our partners Tata Communications. Last year three of the five most popular stories on the site were from this section.

Building on that success we are introducing a new Race Strategy section, in partnership with UBS. This will showcase the popular and well-established UBS Race Strategy Briefing and Report content as well as links to UBS’ F1 microsite.

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There is also a News section, reached via the top navigation bar, with a digest of the latest news stories.

Please have an explore and give us your feedback in the comments section below.

The site looks different, but the goals of James Allen on F1.com remains the same – to help fans to get closer to the sport, to be the “go to” place on the web for insights into the sport and the best place for users to engage and interact in intelligent discussion about the sport they love, with a large and passionate fan community.

With over 100,000 comments left on the site in the last 12 months, we are very proud of our community.

Thanks for your continued support and your contributions to the comments section and elsewhere.

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  1. Rishi says:

    Love it,looks quite handheld friendly but as good on the pc..I like the driver standings and calendar on the main page…Cheers!

    1. Gudien says:

      Agree. Excellent site!

  2. Gaz boy says:

    James, love the new layout, very crisp, clean and fresh – a bit like the livery on the merc!. However, just one problem – as i write this everything is in caps! Any chance that issue can be rectified?

    1. Gaz boy says:

      Just reporting back to say the comments box are back on Lower and Upper Case letters!
      Is this new website layout using that new turbo-electric hybrid technology!!!!
      Also, is it the Merc, Ferrari or Renault technology PU’s employed at JA on F1!!!! I suspect as it’s working fast and reliable, it has to be the Mercs!

  3. Stan says:

    It’s a bit too bright because of the white scheme, but overall it’s a pleasure to navigate through it.

    And i think there is an error with the com posting system, kept making me retry.

    1. Dave P says:

      Agreed way to white…it’ll wake the wife up while while I am reading in bed…. Also it kills phone battery life and overheats my ipad… Grey or black please

      1. Serj says:

        When it is dark, just diminish brightness. Battery life doesn’t depend on colour scheme, only LED power eats your battery. The same goes for your overheating iPad.
        And think about users with PC’s and notebooks – now they’re all happy :)

      2. David Rd says:

        With an oled display you’d be right, but on any LCD screen (like the iPad) displaying white actually uses less power than black, but the difference is insignificant really.

        Anyway I like the new look and it’s good to know the site is growing every year keep doing what you’re doing James.

  4. Cuba says:

    In the calendar, put the completed races faded in a dark grey, and the races still to come in black text. Easy then to see where we are on the calendar, and what the next race is.

    BTW: My comment text input looks all in caps to me, not sure why, I don’t have caps lock on.

  5. Mike says:

    I like it. It looks great on an ipad. HoweVer, i seem unable to type Lower case letters. It doesn’t matter if the shIft button is on or off, all i get are capital letters.

  6. FragrantGimp says:

    Any chance you could make it look more red, like it was before? The white/gray design doesn’t look all that great, and the red suited the site quite well.

    Also seconding what Gaz boy (post #2) said – the font used for the comment box makes everything look like it’s in all-caps. It’s fine once the post is made, but while you’re actually typing it it’s impossible to tell whether you’ve written a lowercase or uppercase letter unless you paste the text into something like notepad just to check.

    Similarly seconding what Stan (post #3) said – sometimes the comment fails to be made as you get a ‘You are posting too quickly, slow down.’ error for no reason.

    I’m not happy with the handheld-centric design as there’s way too much focus on that nowadays and it hurts PC-only people (sure enough, this new design doesn’t look good on PCs), but alas.

  7. dren says:

    I like the update James. Keep up the good work. Always one of my go-to sites for F1.

  8. DAVE says:

    Hi James,
    I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the effort that goes into the site. The engagement with us in the comments and insight have enhanced my enjoyment of the sport. Please keep up the good work. I’d also welcome a return of the podcast!

  9. CaringForApathy says:

    I LIKE THE LAYOUT AND DESIGN! HOWEVER, THERE ARE TWO QUICK THINGS I’VE NOTICED…

    1. ON THE OLD VERSION WE COULD CLICK ON NEWS AND THEN WEBSITES TO GET A COLLECTION OF NEWS FROM OTHER LEADING F1 BLOGS. IT WAS THE FEATURE I USED MOST TO KEEP UP TO SPEED AFTER READING THE ARTICLES ON JAF1. WILL THIS BE RETURNING EVENTUALLY?

    2. WHEN SUBMITTING THIS COMMENT, THE ENTRY FIELDS ARE UPPER CASE, INCLUDING THIS BOX. WE NEED BOTH UPPER AND LOWER CASES IN THESE BOXES. IT SEEMS TO POST IN PROPER CASES, BUT YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHEN ACTUALLY TYPING.

    1. CaringForApathy says:

      Hmm, maybe not. Maybe it’s posting in all upper case as well. This is in chrome and latest OS X, if it’s browser dependent.

    2. James Allen says:

      OK we will look at that

      re the news, that is a separate site and it’s still running, the URL is http://connect.jamesallenonf1.com

  10. Manu4fun says:

    It looks like the site was designed with inspiration from ios…..nice change though it will take some adjusting too….but still too much white spaces-bright- especially in the articles …

  11. mrstone says:

    I use it from my mobile and have two concerns:

    1. It takes much longer to load
    2. I don’t seem to be able to type comments in lowercase

    :(

  12. mrstone says:

    Oh, what do you know – when posted, comments do appear in proper case :)

  13. David says:

    Site no longer works well on mobile. It’s just a desktop site with no optimisation for a mobile browser. This comment box does not correctly resize for example meaning the text is traveling across the screen as I type.

    I liked the simplicity of the old design. Think this one is too focused on social media/seo and blocky design elements, which again don’t work on a mobile device.

    It’s a shame so many sites now do this at the expense of better usability.

    1. James Allen says:

      It works ok for me, fantastic on iPad, but we have another mobile iteration coming

      1. Stephen Taylor says:

        I have had problems with the refresh on my ipad but mine is an original ipad . Looks great on my laptop. This is the update this website needed from a visual point of view . Navigation is still easy as ever. Keep up the good work James, both on this website and on BBC Radio 5 Live.

      2. Martin Place says:

        The new site design is less usable for me on my phone than the old site. I typically browse with images off on mobile to save on data charges. The new design is still usable without images, just less so than the old design. But if a new mobile version is in development then that might resolve everything. Bonus points awarded if the new mobile site design seeks to reduce bandwidth use in all areas (html, css, javascript, images) to save on data charges for site users.

      3. James Allen says:

        Yes we are working on that next

  14. Rafael Lopez says:

    I quite like it! The main gripe I had with the last version and which doesn’t seem to be “fixed” with this verison is the pictures in your articles don’t become bigger when you click them. You have some great shots sometimes but they are tiny :(

  15. Miha Bevc says:

    Very fresh and user-friendly. Great job!

  16. AlexD says:

    Typically people are RESISTANT TO CHANGE…BUT i HAVE TO SAY THAT i LIKE IT A LOT:-) iT ALSO LOOKS BETTER ON MY IPHONE. ANY PLANS TO BRING A MOBILE VERSION?
    BY THE WAY, I CAN ONLY WRITE WITH CAPITAL LETTERS. IS THIS HOW IT SHOULD BE?

  17. vicnsi says:

    Very nice! A fresh change is always welcome. And you’ve maintained the best feature of all about the JAonF1 website, which is …unlike on other leading F1-related sites, we’re not force-fed loads of annoying ads, often having nothing at all to do with F1 or even with racing in general. Long may it continue that way.

  18. Amit says:

    James always had your site on my favourites.. New layout just made it more special.. Keep up the good work.. Great job with the site.. Cheers..

  19. Matt W says:

    Would slightly prefer the old blog look as it was easy to see the latest article immediately, but I have to concede that this is the more professional look and is probably more in keeping with the high quality of your articles James.

  20. Kramgp says:

    Looks great on the iPad. Good clear font.

  21. Dan says:

    This is the best F1 sight by a mile James.

    When ever anything happens, this is the first place I come to for news and insight.

    I love how I can ask a question (leave a comment) and you yourself will actually reply. I love how all us F1 fans have a chance to interact on the sport.

    So thank you James and here’s to many more years to come. :-)

    1. David Rd says:

      Same here, first F1 site I check almost everyday, and even if you don’t ask questions directly to James he sometimes adds his opinions to the comments, that’s dedication!

  22. Box Box Box says:

    Nice refresh, very ipad orientated and clean. Keep up with the great content to match!

  23. RICARD says:

    Thank you james. It’s a good new for the people that loves this web and the f1 .

  24. WiLL says:

    Always nice to have a refresh every now and then…however on my 4.3″ screen, feels like im having to zoom and scroll more.

  25. Marc Griffin says:

    Excellent new design on your site, James. Well done! This is always the first site (of about 5) that I come to, many times a day, to read news and comments, and I’m sure I speak on behalf of a vast number of people when I say thank you for the great job you do, it provides a valuable and readily available life-line into the sport I live and breathe for, and without the effort you make in producing and presenting this quality information, it would be like the 80s and 90s again where information and insight was scarce outside of TV broadcasts and the drivers and teams often seemed aloof and distant from the isolation of my boxroom! This is modern, accessible and interactive and also feels like a community that includes people (you) on the inside of the whole show and thus brings the experience that little bit closer to home.
    So thanks, and please continue, you’re appreciated.
    Marc.

  26. shad says:

    Love the new design james. love it. GOOD JOB.
    YOU KNOW WHAT, i like pictures .. and videos more than anything, so if your postings could include some of that (more if it already has) including interviews you conducted, i would love it even more!

  27. Sujith says:

    Awesome new look, might need getting used to but its great :) I guess that’s the big talking point of 2014 I guess. More changes and more getting used to the changes.

    Love the new look. Full on thumbs up from my end. I was just wondering about when were you gonna change the layout James a few weeks ago. Seems as if you read my mind :)

  28. Mark says:

    Its still not responsive for mobile? It really should be by now as more and more of us use tablets and phones to view. Disappointed James.

    1. James Allen says:

      Works great on mine and on iPad.

      1. Dave P says:

        Hi James, As mentioned above too white.. glaring in low light. But main point is could you ask your designers why the reader function on the ipad does not work for the comments? It works fine for the main article but never shows the comments. Itsthe comments that take longest to read and I would gain mostbenefit from.

      2. David says:

        That’s a pretty defensive comment James. Doesn’t work great on mine (5s).

      3. Mark says:

        Ask your designer to make it truly responsive, it’s not to hard and makes it so easy on mobile especially, no more zooming in to read etc. Your viewing figures will take a big leap as well :)

        It’s all nice apart from that :)

      4. Ben says:

        Love the new design of the site James, but as Mark said, any chance of a fully responsive design? The site doesn’t scale at all on a phone, I tried an iPhone 5C using Safari and Samsung Galaxy S4 with Chrome.

  29. Kingszito says:

    The new TURBO HYBRID 1.6 website look awesome, but will take a bit time to find my way around it unlike the old design. Good that everything about f1 is going green lol

  30. KRB says:

    Like the new look. Font size is maybe a little big for the comments section, but that’s a minor complaint. A more serious one is that I got the “You’re posting too fast” comment, on my first comment! I hit Reload, to resend it, then it went through.

  31. Rodolfo says:

    Very Nice on laptop . Not so nice on iPhone cheers

  32. bbobeckyj says:

    So if I would like to see a simple list of your articles in chronological order, I just click ‘News’? That’ll be my new bookmark then.
    As to my thoughts if they were not evident from the above comment, it doesn’t work for me. And I’m still eagerly awaiting a mobile site.
    Optimised for social media, and what people are talking about? Do you not ‘close’ the comments after a few days for each article? While they are (were) still on the first page. Seems an incongruous reason for the change. The number of comments under each article was evidence enough of which was popular.

  33. Quade says:

    Congrats James! The new look is really lovely, modern and works well on tablets and phones too!
    This is the premiere F1 site, so keep it up.

  34. Chromatic says:

    Congratulations, James.

    ….. although I really did like it the way you had it before !!!

    I’m sure I will learn to like this just as well.

  35. Simmo says:

    Wow! Very smart indeed! The only issue is the comment box font is too narrow to read as I type, but it may just be a matter of getting used to it :D

  36. kenneth chapman says:

    looks good but a bit too bright.

  37. Andrew Carter says:

    Looks a bit barren on the PC, I think I preferred the previous layout.

  38. LEM says:

    Love the new look James! Very nice and 2014-ish! :) Congratulations!

  39. Feral says:

    Good evolution of the site James :)
    My only gripe is too much white but I can live with it as its the best place for my F1 fix.

  40. TGS says:

    I like the changes and the main page looks great James. Great on ipad but I think it needs a border to differentiate between the body and background on desktop, especially as you scroll down the page and get into the comments. Also, could you make the poster’s name standout a bit more like the last site did? Anyway, still looks great.

    1. Thompson says:

      I agree with this, posters names and titles need to be in bold or have a coloured backdrop..
      The font also needs to be blacker/bolder on a mobile it comes across faint.

      Maybe it just needs time, but it feels harder to read and to navigate.

  41. Formula Zero says:

    I am sorry. I do like it, but I liked the old one better. I understand that financial benefits are involved here. But I prefer simplicity & raw sites, specially the home page. To me this is my favorite F1 website, because it was unique & almost like a hardcore F1 blog. Now it’s like the other F1 sites on the internet. Let’s hope there will be regular & interactive podcasts. Otherwise, I am sad to see this huge change.

    1. Dale says:

      I have to agree. Yes it looks modern and fresh, but like most things which are “improved” to make them more attractive, basic usability suffers. The old site was clean; I could go to the home page and easily identify (a) if new stories had been posted, and (b) easily read the headline and part of the body. I can no longer see more than two stories, I cannot even see those without scrolling, and I cannot read anything meaningful without clicking. Sorry, but basic accessibility of content had taken a significant step backwards. You’ve largely lost me as a viewer.

  42. JC says:

    Looks great!!! Congrats for a well done redesign !!!

  43. Stephen Charlesworth says:

    It’s too bright! Black text on a white background is for print, it causes eye strain on a screen.

  44. Random 79 says:

    It’s nice to see you’ve taken some of our suggestions on board :)

    Like all changes there’s a bit of a “woah” factor at first – which is a good thing – but we’ll all get used to the new layout soon and I think it will work out well.

    Good job :)

  45. Kenneth M'Boy says:

    Looks great, James. The old site now looks like a motorhome of the early 90′s. This now resembles the James Allen Energy Station of the modern era.
    Well done.

  46. julian says:

    My favourite F1 site. Would love a version for mobile phones.

  47. Rob T says:

    Love the new site JA!

  48. Philip Massey says:

    Good to see the evolution. As ever my no. 1 F1 website. But please, as some others have mentioned, address the issue of glare/eye strain arising from too much white background. I use a laptop.

    In MS Word, I have the background set to a mid grey with text in dark blue; easier on the eyes !

    Many thanks.

  49. Tara says:

    Wow it looks so different! It’s a great design, well done to all the people that worked on it.
    I would say that I agree with some of the comments about the large sections of white. It’s a bit full on however I don’t have a solution -the article and sidebar look great together. Maybe when you start the comments (under the related links) the background could become grey?
    Keep up the great work tho

  50. TIM says:

    Hi James

    Yes looks good on the desktop but terrible on my Windows Phone (which I use more to read your site) I preferred the big bold headlines for the current main article. Sorry I think its a step backwards.

    Still love you r work though.!!

  51. JohnBt says:

    I LIKE IT!!! Very upbeat feel to it. Well done James.

  52. Jamie norman says:

    New format is not so easy on my iphone

  53. snarfsnarf says:

    The design is smoother and more modern but I have to say I feel its less user friendly as there isn’t easy seperation so the home page looks a little muddled leaving it harder to navigate. Perhaps this could be tweaked in future. On handheld devices it is even harder. I do think the colour is very glaring in low light. I do want to make one suggestion though which I made years ago; James you should have a voting option so users can vote comments up or down. As you’ve said comments have grown so why not add further user interaction with this simple feature. Hope it comes eventually :)

  54. David says:

    Very nice. One thing though, I read you posts on Feedly and the grey text on a black background makes it nearly impossible to read. I guess I’ll have to go to the website to read your articles.

  55. neilmurg says:

    Whoa! Quite a shock, did I miss a memo? Nice and open style. I like it.
    And it doesn’t flow outside my screen size, which is nice. How long should I wait before trying it on the Nexus and Tab? ie when is your mobile iteration rolling out (expressed as a race please)?

  56. Glennb says:

    Took me 5 mins to figure out where the forum stuff was. Thats my problem, not yours.
    Looks good to me but having said that, I liked it before too.

  57. Liam in Sydney says:

    James, I like your old site better. Yes it was a bit older looking, more cramped. But that was the charm, and it also had the feel of a personal blog site that you were involved in maintaining. This new iteration, although modern, it too crisp and emotionless for my taste. I understand why you have gone in the direction you have. But it comes across to me like any other corporate megasite. A shame, at least for me.

    James, can you please bold or change the colour of your name in comments? Although I surf the comments section for interesting comments and information, I also come to your site to get your thoughts and opinions on issues. If you could stand out more, it would be nicer.

    Appreciate your hard work James. We all do. :)

    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks for your feedback

  58. Elie says:

    James, its harder to read. I use an old iphone. In particular the Subject matter,titles, names and dates should be at least bold (if not red) as they are very hard to see. I dont mind the black and white in general because it follows the reading pane lay out.

    One key thing discussed by many was a sort or filter in each post as it is hard to find posts amongst hundreds. I tried the search field but unfortunately if you are logged in- the search field thinks you are posting a reply to every subject since day 1. Perhaps a filter in each screen down the track would help this .

    Otherwise thanks again for a terrific forum

    Elie

    1. James Allen says:

      Turn it sideways, works fine

      1. Tim says:

        Sorry – as soon as you start telling people how they should use there device to make it work for your site, .. I have 20 years in developing software…so I have been through that pain

      2. James Allen says:

        Agreed, but turn a phone sideways is an obvious thing. That’s how I look at lots of sites

  59. Fat Old Nark says:

    Looks OK on my tablet but not sure about the PC. Will have to see how it goes as things are rarely perfect in life :)

  60. ementaler says:

    Hi James,

    first time poster, but long time reader.
    Thanks for the effort you’re putting into this project – really enjoy reading it.
    Straight to the point – new design is…well, awful. There is too much wasted space, plus it’s to bright.
    Reply button looks hideous and the whole site reminds me of a failed Windows 8 UI.

    If you want to make this a “place on the web for insights into the sport and the best place for users to engage and interact in intelligent discussion about the sport they love”, you’ll have to redesign comments section. Take a look at http://slashdot.org/?nobeta=1. Try opening one of the stories and loading all comments. Perhaps similar approach is possible?

  61. Guybrush Threepwood says:

    James and co. can I suggest that in the news section the news headings/titles are placed above the pictures. Otherwise looking very good and well refreshed. Would love to see a break-down of each drivers performance in a race in the strategy section, perhaps comparing them to their team mate?

  62. Sebee says:

    So I’ve had a day to digest the new layout. I think it’s a bit “busy”.
    Previous site was easier to digest, especially on a mobile device. This one is tougher, even on the bigger mobile screen. I think its the way it is segmented, main landing page is a bit like someone put too much on their plate at an all you can eat buffet. Previous version was a bit cleaner in that regard with only 3 vertically split sections left to right news/info/sponsors.

    Caps lock issue in name and email for comments.

    1. Sebee says:

      Just to be clear about the busy statement. …it’s that posts are everywhere, could be here, could be in the sponsor banner, in the small text section or in the big text. It may result in each post not getting the traffic as well.

  63. Degan says:

    Keeping up to date, while you keep us up to date. Great new look! Love it. Bring on qualifying!

  64. Josef Willsher says:

    Love it!! A post to reddit button with your social media would be great, but a brilliant new look

  65. Tom says:

    Hi James, I like the site, one thing that immediately caught my attention was the “Title race comes alive… etc.” red box at the top. I expected to be able to click that, probably to go to a section with all the news concerning this particular event, a bit like the strategy box below the main news site. Maybe that could be implemented? I think a summary of the news concerning a particular event, as opposed to more “general” news about the F1 world could be very useful.

    About colours: like one of the commenters, I dislike great swaths of white, so I have the default background color in my browser set to light grey (in Firefox it’s in the preferences pane under “content” and then the button “colours” if anyone’s interested). In this case that means that on my laptop, the top is white and the rest is grey, although a shade darker than that used for the comment boxes (which I would very un-humbly recommend using as the default colour for the entire site to make it less bright overall, easier on those of us with sensitive eyes).

  66. A-P says:

    Reading the new site design on a widescreen laptop (that might make me a tech-dinosaur these days, I guess), the ratio of text to blank space is very poor. I would wish for far more information per screenful rather than have to scroll down who knows how far to find who knows what, if I’ve not lost attention already.

    Worst of all: practically no information in the top screenful (which might be something of a web-fashion, alas), just buttons and a title = major switch-off. There’s too little (i.e. next-to-nothing) of substance to catch me.

    Another example: a handy reference like the calendar (which could so easily be, say, a tab on a sidebar that unveils as a dropdown when clicked, and took up so little space in the old design even if it was lost down a screen or two) is found only in the very last screenful and just barely fits into one whole screen’s depth, yet has zero additional information compared to the old design despite all that extra space it takes.

    Good luck!

  67. I always come to your site daily, as it is the most unbiased site for information. However, living now on the other side of the world, I sometimes come across topics that have generated many, many replies. With these I usually only read the ones you have replied to, and with this format I find your name pretty hard to pick out. A different colour would be great.

    Otherwise Great Job! and thank you for keeping us all informed.

  68. ementaler says:

    Hi James,

    trying to post yet again – first time got a warning from wordpress I have to slow down?,
    second time my comment hit moderation because of, assuming, one link I presented.
    Anyway, long time reader enjoying reading you – thanks for that Mr. Allen.

    As for new design – kill it. It’s downright awful – reminding me of a failed Windows 8 UI.
    There’s too much wasted space, plus it’s too bright.
    “Reply” and “Comment” boxes are hideous.

    If you want to make this a “place on the web for insights into the sport and the best place for users
    to engage and interact in intelligent discussion about the sport they love”,
    you’ll have to redesign comments section.
    Take a look at slashdot (if presented with beta page, go to classic) and their comments system. Perhaps a similar approach is possible?

  69. jmv says:

    Love the look…….But how do i get to the f1 tweets section.

    that was a big reason too to visit the site. Hope you haven’t removed it

  70. Finster says:

    James excellent site, best on the web.

  71. Regis says:

    My honest critisism:
    The site feels all over the place, it feels like the site has no structure, i see the top story with dark grey on each side but then underneath “more from JA on F1″ there is nothing on the edges and again underneath some light grey edging in the race strategy. It feels incomplete, like something hasn’t loaded properly.

    The white background does not work.

    Love the championship and calendar at the bottom, but the bright red bar at the bottom on a white background? i pulling out my sunglasses

    It will take a while to adjust, the old site was simple and that was why it worked. This new site is over the top, there is too much going on. Maybe a grey background will make it feel more structured.

  72. Nick4 says:

    Thanks James. Great update. I trust we, the F1 fans, who regard you and your opinion so highly, can still remain engaged with you? I don’t know how you manage a very busy programme as a journalist and yet remain engaged with us? This is one of your great attributes which I appreciate very much. On none of the other sites do we have access to Martin Brundle or David Coutlhard like we have to you. Thank you.

  73. The new site looks great James. Very sleek, well done.

  74. AlexD says:

    James, I want to report a couple of problems:
    1. There was the problem for many people with Caps Lock, but It looks to be solved now. Thank you
    2. I wanted to post a comment yesterday and I was constantly given an error message that I need to slow down as I post comments too fast, whereas this was my first comment. I saw people reporting the same problem too, so it is not just me. Even now, I wanted to post this comment and got the same message.
    3. I no longer get eMail notifications when people respond to my comments which was the case with the previous verison

    1. James Allen says:

      Ok thanks, we will get onto that

  75. Neil Jenney says:

    Love the new format, especially on the phone. One suggestion, “next story/previous story” links at the bottom of each article would save a lot of scrolling and back button usage. Thanks for making the best better.

  76. Tom says:

    James, I like everything about the upgrade! I don’t agree that it’s too white at all, and I love that I can see if there’s a new story without having to scroll down the way I used to.

    However, and I’ve long hesitated to say this, I think some of your stories contain spelling, grammar, and editing mistakes that reduce the sense of professionalism. I can’t imagine having to meet your deadlines but sometimes the writing quality is a bit more ‘Marussia’ than ‘Mercedes’.

    Anyway, it’s the only site worth checking every single day.

    1. James Allen says:

      Thanks

      We’re taking on board all the feedback. Some great comments

      Much appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of the readership

  77. Steve Zodiac says:

    Hmmm, in common with many “new improved ” sites I’m not too sure why it is better. The first problem for me is just finding the news stories, not very clear. And while it bright and air it is a bit chaotic and easy to miss things. Sorry to be negative because I really enjoy this site. Maybe that is because I can’t be bothered trying to read stuff on a tiny smart phone screen where all web pages seem to be dotted about and you have to scroll from side to side to try and see all the content. It’s just easier to wait ’till I get home and use the PC.

  78. James change is good, I will need time to adjust. First observation, it’s too bright. Maybe you should tone down the lights????

  79. jorge says:

    I take a while to get used and like things, but on my pc, my first (and second and third) impression is that the site seemed unfinished, big white gaps everywhere, so I was expecting some sort of progress and a backlash in the comments.
    Given the overall good reception, I just have to give it more time.
    Btw, which calendar are they talking about? I don’t see any.
    Didn’t try it in mobile yet.
    (I’ve been told by the site that I’m “posting comments too quickly”?)

  80. james carter says:

    James, when can we expect the next JA on F1 podcast?

    1. James Allen says:

      No plans for one at present.

  81. james carter says:

    That’s a shame as they provided a very good insight into the more commercial aspects of f1 – I particularly enjoyed the interviews with Zak Brown. Looking forward, I think the commercial strategy of F1 is sure to change and it would have been great to get Zak (and others) view on what they think the commercial landscape of F1 is going to look like 1, 5 and 10 years down the line.

  82. Starbug1 says:

    like the new noses and exhaust notes in F1, this new website will take me a while to get used to and for it to seem normal.
    I thought I would mention that I noticed a driver missing from the drivers standings on the home page. I expected to see Crashonado (MAL) at the bottom, but alas! there is only 19 drivers listed and good ol Pastor is not one of them.
    A unique omission for what seems to be maybe a layout issue ?

  83. ferggsa says:

    Congrats on the new look, modern and very elegant, makes the site feel moving forward
    I assume a lot of hard work so give my best to the whole crew

    As usual, some will like it, some won’t, but most will keep coming back because of the great info, regardless of the look
    It will take some time for everybody to find it’s way around since most were used to navigate the old site already

    Only observation from my end is maybe have poster’s names in colour or bold, like it shows on the replies, to identify them easily
    I sometimes look for someone’s comments (like goferet) rather than go through the whole lot at once

    Have not been able to post sooner because it tells me “I’m posting too fast, which of course is not true

  84. Pups says:

    Love the new site, well done

  85. Bimi says:

    I have to say i liked the old site much more. It felt more personal and it was easy to find James articles and other news etc, now its to cluttery (if this is a word in english).
    Its to much different things on one page, and i have given it a week to see if i can get used but no. My main purpose visiting this site is to read your articles James and to read the mosty informative and interesting comments and now i feel a bit lost in the new design.

  86. terry says:

    Mobile!!!!
    Has no one looked at the site on a phone for heavens sake? Is awful .. text too small, having to zoom in to read anything!

    40% of web traffic is now mobile … Designing a responsive site is really easy nowadays … I don’t understand why your web team is getting it so wrong?

    1. James Allen says:

      We are also working on a mobile site – one step at a time.

  87. terry says:

    Well, its a longer conversation than can be had here on the comments section .. but you did ask!! :-)

    Mobile-first/Responsive web (that looks goid on mobile and pc) is where the web is going.

    Regards,

  88. Lohani says:

    I have been meaning to share my thoughts on the new design. Finally on to it now. The new site has a lot of potential. Of course, we were all used to the old site. It was very well designed, no doubt. One of the things we’re missing now is a hint of chunking and positive space. The old site had a good-sized site banner; good contrast between the main column and side panels. The negative space didn’t overwhelm the look of the site like it does now. One could easily navigate around the site due to color contrasts, and the red went well for a F1 site. Furthermore, the red had become synonymous with JA. It’s your brand color, Mr. Allen.

    There’s just too much white around the overall contents of the site. Contents are positive space; surrounding space is negative space, unless a figure/ground optical illusion is desired. A good design is a balance between the two, where positive space does much of the talking.

    The new banner is larger, but not necessarily a bad thing. I think most of us will agree that F1 sites usually show very small pictures of the cars, tracks or the environment of the races, along with the spectators. The banner on this news item is excellent (albeit too wide in contrast to the positive space beneath it). You get to see Montreal’s T1 from a very original and new point of view; that of the spectators. The bad thing about it is it’s static and large. I suppose flipping pictures, or even allowing the fans to make and share banners may be an idea worth exploring.

    It seems to me the site was designed to show one major story at a time, which is fine. The first vertical element (black banner with JA on F1) is too large, covering 100 pixels or so. Add that with the banner below it with hyper-links, and that’s another 70/80 pixels. Too much space given to these two elements in my opinion. Typical screen resolution these days are between 1280 by 800 to 1920 by 1080. Mine’s 1366 by 768. The picture banner appears to have been coded with a percentage value to the right. Try minimizing your browsers and move the left bar of the window to the right, and you’ll notice the picture getting automatically cropped on the left. This was probably meant for browsers that are still using 1024 by 768 resolutions.

    From the top element to the bottom of the picture banner, there’s 400-500 pixels. And, they’re static. From the top element to just about where the title of the main story appears is another 100+ pixels. That’s 3/4ths of the vertical space on your typical browser already covered, and the site hasn’t even begun. Most browsers will just about see these parts and a little of the main story in big bold typeface (good idea for a headline), but the associated picture is cut in half. This isn’t a good idea. We are all used to seeing a wide picture that has a hint of foreground, middle-ground, and background. I think one of the reasons some users aren’t comfortable with the layout is because of this. They’re not seeing as much they were used to on the previous site.

    On to the grid now. Other than the top and bottom elements, there’s a great deal of white space on the left, which is completely unused. However, they may have done this to utilize this side of the site later on. Same goes for the right hand side. If nothing is going to be placed on either sides of the main body of the site, I would suggest shortening the picture banner, not leaving so much indentation on either side and saving about 300 pixels on the top. This should help people see the JA brand, hyper-links, F1 picture banner, the main story and its associated graphics.

    The vertical elements will appear even shorter for people using plug-ins on their browsers. As far as the colors are concerned, well, it’s up to Mr. Allen’s vision. I think the signature JA red could still be used on either side of the main body where white is obstinately claiming territorial right on either side.

    The comments section was well highlighted in the previous site with various use of gray. The new comments section is minimalistic, which is fine. It will take a little getting used to. Given a choice, I would go with the former design, but I can see a lot of new possibilities with this one as well. I hope my feedback was helpful.

    1. James Allen says:

      Many thanks for the detailed feedback.

  89. Lohani says:

    Oops, typo alert. Meant T2, bar to be moved left; not right. Red and dark gray: signature colors me things. :D

  90. FastGuy says:

    Good stuff…really nice job.
    My one very minor suggestion would be the return of the countdown-to-the-next-race clock. I’m sure a lot of readers dismiss it as silly, but I like it as a reminder that something’s happening; it brings the reality of a looming deadline to the whole enterprise, and keeps a sense of urgency in the background of all that is reported or dicussed. And it’s always comforting to doublecheck that, yes, we have a race to see this weekend. Maybe the clock is still on the site, but it’s not on the home page where it used to be. Here’s one small vote for its return.
    Thanks for everything, James.

    1. James Allen says:

      It’s there on the home page.
      Thanks

  91. Joe Papp says:

    James, the graphical look & feel of the redesign is nice, but I’m disappointed that you still don’t have even basic formatting options w/in the comments, such as push-a-button-for: bold, italics, quote or hyperlink.

    Also think you’re really missing out on facilitating even greater user engagement by allowing us to ‘upvote’ our favorite reader comments.

    Would really suggest the Guardian’s new (still in beta) site’s comment functionality as a great example of how these simple additions of functionality can create add-on value for the reader’s experience beyond your providing the best content possible.

    Cheers,

    JP

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