what happened to wordpress.com homepage’s tag cloud

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  • #389269

    hello;

    as of several days ago the worpress.com website’s homepage had a tag cloud on the right hand margin, which I believe is the means by which most people use the wordpress.com website … if you want to read about food then click on the ‘food’ keyword within the tag cloud;

    however, today I see that the homepage is quite different, with the tag cloud having been removed;

    does anyone have any information as to what happened to the homepage and its tag cloud, and why would the tag cloud be abandoned … is there another way to navigate through the hundreds of theme-based posts within wordpress.com?

    thanks,
    Shannon

    The blog I need help with is goodflagbetsy.wordpress.com.

    #389431

    tellyworth
    Staff

    You can see the complete tag cloud here:

    http://en.wordpress.com/tags/

    #389461

    sorrentolens
    Member

    It would help if you’d add that back to the WordPress main page.

    #389465

    misterbooks
    Member

    Good lord the homepage makes it look like there is only 9 blogs out there. How are people going to browse and see the good stuff that WP has to offer. Two steps backward here…

    #389471

    I agree. The tag cloud needs to be easy to find – not buried somewhere. I do not like the new homepage.

    #389472

    beingbrenna
    Member

    Yes, agreed. I want the old WordPress homepage back. ASAP

    #389475

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    I just now looked at the wordpress home page, and have to agree. It looks terrible.

    There is no content of any interest on the bulk of the page.

    #389477

    husdal
    Member

    It looks a bit better if you’re logged out. At least there’s a sidebar on the right.

    While I think the new design is better than the old i its basic approach, if I were a first-time visitor, I would have a hard time figuring out what wordpress.com really is about. There’s nothing that tells me that the 9 highlighted posts are taken from blogs on wordpress.com or where I can read more blogs or read more blogs with some tags that I might be interested in. And the sidebar thingie doesn’t make me want to sign up with wordpress.com. Even http://www.typepad.com does a much better job.

    #389481

    misterbooks
    Member

    I like blog/tag surfing, my favorites being writing and reading…but now, when logged it, the option of going to wordpress homepage and just hitting the tag cloud is now gone. Of course, put writing in the search bar and I got 0.

    All this, and being addicted to WordPress, aaaiiieeee……

    #389511

    misterbooks
    Member

    But of course, wordpress.com is free, and has a great admin….

    #389512

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    So, the footer is now the “header” on the homepage? Rather a pain usability wise, really.

    I’m with husdal on how difficult it is to figure out what’s going on on WordPress.com. There’s only 11 blogs featured; how do visitors get to the remaining “2,146,576 active blogs”? If we’re all about content, where is it? It isn’t exactly out there, just sayin’…

    And I’m not going to say a thing about the sidebar, because I didn’t even know there was one.

    (And, FWIW, in the language drop down box, I have two arrows.)

    #389515

    misterbooks
    Member

    Good points justjennifer.

    #389519

    husdal
    Member

    I like the new way the featured blogs are presented in Magazine style, but Jennifer is right, how do you get to all the other blogs? The search box has disappeared into the new top bar and is barely visible unless you literally search for it. The sidebar lists a mere three features: themes, stats and widgets, and IMO, sorry for saying this, is almost useless as it is now. And it isn’t even well aligned with the 3×4 box of featured blogs. Better use that space for the tag cloud, and move the ‘Sign Up’ button and a (big) link to the ‘Features’ page to the top, across the featured posts. That’s what I would do.

    #389520

    claudecf
    Member

    I don’t like the new homepage much. It feels like it’s advertising for blogs which don’t really need it. Plus I also preferred it when the links that are at the bottom were at the top! Were easier to see as one usually reads from top to bottom ;)
    But then, maybe I’m old and don’t take to change very easily

    #389521

    husdal
    Member

    Well, blogs were advertised before, too, but maybe not so prominently and without a photo to go with. I like this way better. And I don’t think taking change has anything to do with age. People are very habitual, regardless of age, and shuffling content around so totally as here is always confusing. I hadn’t noticed it until now, since i always go straight to the Forums page first and hardly ever visit the main page first.

    #389522

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    I don’t like the magazine style.

    My first impression was that it looks like people magazine – all fluff and no substance.

    #389523

    misterbooks
    Member

    Maybe I’m nitpicking, as I thought this would be a bigger issue with WordPress users. Did I miss a notice about this in one of their month-end wrap-ups. Kinda seems out of the blue…

    #389524

    husdal
    Member

    Good point, John. I thought the new design was rather minimalist at first, which is something I do like, but I see what you mean.

    #389525

    husdal
    Member

    @misterbooks
    It wouldn’t be the first out-of-the-blue ‘great leap forward’ coming from WPHQ…

    #389527

    misterbooks
    Member

    @husdal
    True, I’ve been around here awhile, in various forms, but this one really seems to be such a upfront shock…

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