Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

New Yahoo! Homepage gets Ajaxy

Category: Showcase, Usability

<p>Richard MacManus has posted about the new Yahoo! homepage that has been been launched as a preview (beta) for those with the correct browsers ;)

There are a lot of nice dhtml features on the new site, but instead of covering them again, one of the interesting ideas was the top widget that walks you through “what is new”.

As soon as you get into the helper widgets, your screen is taken over and overlayed with a nice walk through. This could be a nice pattern in itself as we could add really interactive help into our ajax applications that are truly builtin and showing you in the REAL application (not just showing screen shots).

What do you think of the new design?

Update: Bill Scott and Nate Koechley have both given their take on the patterns and ideas that went behind the redesign including:

  • Personal Assistant
  • Live Information
  • Dynamic Paging
  • In Context Configuration
  • Dynamic Local Content
  • Tabbed Content Areas
  • Tour
  • Slide Outs

New Yahoo1

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I love the new design! Much better than the old one.

Comment by Adam — May 16, 2006

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This clearly shows one of the shortcommings of all the Ajaxness: whatever you’ve done on that page, tabs, selection, the state is lost when you move away from the page. This usually doesn’t happen with non-ajax websites.

Comment by Markus Fischer — May 16, 2006

Sure looks nice, but lags on the setting storage for sure.
And its a bit desapointing to see yahoo makes such lazy programming.

Comment by Ronni Rasmussen — May 16, 2006

I wish they’d stop using that stupid smiley face

Comment by Bob — May 16, 2006

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Nice site. It is easy for Yahoo to reset your options after one leaves the page (ie. meta tag). I wish they put ‘Movies’ section…:)

Comment by Patrick Whittingham — May 16, 2006

RE: I wish they’d stop using that stupid smiley face
Me too. So much happiness makes us all grumpy.
I quite liked the layout, but I didn’t try too hard to break the page. The walkthrough overlay is neat, but its been done before. You can’t blame them for trying.

Comment by Dan — May 16, 2006

The funny thing is, I didn’t even see the search box until I hit the “Take Tour” button and it highlighted it for me.

The page is *very* busy, but not as busy as it used to be. I realize that Yahoo holds with the philosphy that every pixel on the home page is value realestate, but I seriously think that adding a few extra pixels of margin around important elements will improve the over-all look and feel.

Comment by Matt Nuzum — May 16, 2006

It NO LIKE Safari. I cry.

Comment by Ian — May 16, 2006

Wow, that’s impressive and very smooth (especially the part on the right) and the modal window sort of reminds me of the lightbox/greybox scripts but with a hint of blue.

Unfortunately I find their search to be lacking because first it loads a new page and then somehow the results don’t match the layout. Also their weather widget only supports the US zip codes – and for everything else you need the name of the town. Surely they can improve this

But on the other hand you have to give the folks at yahoo some credit for releasing some free Ajax samples.

Comment by Alexander Werner — May 16, 2006

Am I the only one that notices the ‘Beta’ (meaning not finished…)

Comment by Mario — May 16, 2006

It looks nice but it is an extremely busy page. I like the page options feature but i think that color and layout are not enough options. The walkthrough is fine, but IT DOES NOT WORKwhen you narrow the page.

Comment by Marcelo Alvarez — May 16, 2006

The browser sniffing is crap though. They look for “Firefox” apparently, so Firefox 2 alpha (ok, bad example) and Camino (that also uses gecko 1.8) gets the “we don’t support your browser”. Feels a bit like being back in 1998.

Comment by José Jeria — May 16, 2006

Ajax默默进行时

暗流涌动

Trackback by coofucoo zhang — May 16, 2006

This “Ajaxization” looks pretty good

Comment by Nina Krause — May 17, 2006

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Comment by xxx — May 22, 2006

Yahoo italy’s home have already changed:
http://it.yahoo.com/

Comment by Avasilcai Daniel — July 4, 2006

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we need yahoo new home page

Comment by HINDUSTAN DEALERS LIMITED — July 19, 2006

yahoo new home page

Comment by HINDUSTAN DEALERS LIMITED — July 19, 2006

new home page

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