UPDATED: Yes, This Is A Boring But Mandatory Redesign Announcement

UPDATE: The Date for the site redesign has been moved to February 2nd, 2012. 


Want us to tell you a secret? Zoomers.ca has never, ever, had a design facelift before.


Sure, we've updated the above logo and maybe even switched up the colours, but we've never done any drastic design changes. (The proof is in the Wayback Machine pudding.)

 

Announcing an upcoming redesign isn't exactly breaking news. If it ain't broke, why fix it?


But in a past design survey we conducted last year, we found our community generally had this to say regarding our look, design & usability:

 

  • "I sometimes have difficulty finding places I am looking for."
    • A common complaint from our community is the general disorganization of our front page. You overwhelming told us in this recent survey that our site is confusing, especially for first-time users.
  • "It's hard to get search engines to pick up things I write about."
    • In the past couple of years, we've seen an increase in our members using the site to create content for a wideraudience. From our active blogging community to even our resident kitty captioner, we've increasingly seen the site become a space for our community members to share their own content and creation.
  • "I LIKE THAT YOU CAN CONVERSE IF SO DESIRED. AND ALSO THAT EVERYONE IS BASICALLY ON THE SAME WAVE LENGTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • Yup, we hear you loud and clear on the caps lock. Indeed, many in our community appreciate that we remain to be a community that offers invaluable conversations, discussion topics & informations that speaks to your particularly unique experience. And we want to make sure we keep on doing that.


So with all these things in mind, we have a tentative new look we want to unveil to you that will be coming down the pipeline February 2, 2012:


 

So how exactly is this new re-design addressing the needs of our community?

 

  • It's a fresh, original & reader-friendly look.
    • Ever since our platform NING announced their NING Design Studio, we've been observing the upgrades the social platform has done & seeing how that can serve our community. Any design improvements to our site require that we make this upgrade, and after witnessing the kinks iron out in the past year that it's been launched, we think we're ready to make the jump.
  • We want to showcase our community's talents & wisdom.
    • As you can see, there is a slide show on the front page that we're looking forward to updating on a regular basis. The slide show allows us to feature 4-5 items within our community site, so we're looking forward to showcasing our community's talents & wisdom front & centre on our home page.
  • We're improving our navigation so our site is easier to use.
    • We'll be updating the navigation to be far more clear as to how our community can use the site. 
    • We think that the biggest draws of Zoomers is the site's ability for members to connect with one another, converse in our popular forums & ultimately, create content — whether it be your photos, blog posts or videos — for your friends and family to see. 
    • We hope that by using these intentions to guide our community around the site, it'll be easier to use.

 

How Will This Redesign Affect You?

 

  • In switching our community to NING's NING Design Studio, we will likely be down to implement the change for a few hours February 2nd, 2012. We will give more detailed information regarding this as we gear towards this date. 
  • If our members have customized their profile pages, these pages will be updated to match our new Theme. Any specific customizations should be copied and saved, as the upgrade will likely remove those customizations.
  • While this NING Design FAQ (in particular, the question "If my members have customized their My Page, will my switch to a new Design Studio Theme result in the loss of any of their customizations? ") assures that if we switch back to the Classic theme, your previous customizations will be preserved, we encourage our community to make note and save their customizations to encourage a smooth transition.

 

Got any questions? Feel free to leave 'em below.

 

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Gee, are you all not familiar with Whitby, Ontario, Canada?  Whitby is the most beautiful town, twenty minutes maximum east of the Don Valley in Toronto.  Actually, the best place to live.

Phyllis Kaffko said:

Anything with Leonard Cohen on it has my attention.

Love that man and his music.

Phyllis from Whitby

 

Alas, it seems our resident Brit was referring to Whitby in Yorkshire.

Yes but as g,g,Yahoo blames me for the little Red Coat incident and our becoming a Third World Economy I have today referred to my faithful Altas.

Unfortunately though, Canada is still shown attached to Asia and GB was still attached to Europe.  It's very very old.

So on Feb 1st I have to re-design my page???

The PM has most of England and especially ALL of Scotland on Ebay.co.uk

Bid low...........

Kathleen said:

Brilliant, does that mean we get Robin Hood's Bay also, and those neat Whitby Abbey ruins -  {grin}

CreekEnd_UK said:

Typical.

Our UK Government will sell anything.

Now they've sold WHitby to Ontario.

FRed(tm) will be gutted = trans: very upset , as we used to buy fish from Whitby.


Hi Kat, 

On February 2nd, your page will likely change to the new theme along with others on the site. You'll need to copy and save your customized settings so you can re-enter them after the change over.

 

-ZStaff


Kat said:

So on Feb 1st I have to re-design my page???

Re  redesign.

Glad to hear it.  I had a hard time navigating the site when I first signed up and nothing has changed since then.

It's confusing to say the least.

When you sign in it looks like no one has posted for weeks.

Hello: Joe Blow: You could'nt be more correct.  It is annoying to say the least.  How are you enjoying

this new Year so far??  Stay well, be happy, Barbara Ann

I am doing o.k. but I hate winter. 

How do you like the new logo.  I can tell people now I am on the Zorro Zoomers.

I just escaped with my life.  I had that flu as well. First time in 30 years.  And first time in 30 years I got the flu shot.  Go figure.



Barbara Ann MacMahon-Firestone said:

Hello: Joe Blow: You could'nt be more correct.  It is annoying to say the least.  How are you enjoying

this new Year so far??  Stay well, be happy, Barbara Ann

Can hardly hold FRed(tm) back (English/English meaning) he's like a child on a journey

"Has it changed yet,has it changed yet."

I've told him that the photo of my hand that he took at the Ritz (still in London) will not be deleted but he still worries.   And people think I'm the one who's mad.

Does this mean I should not put up a blog for tomorrow???
Linda 

Hi Linda,

We're hoping to finish the transition as quickly as possible. 

The site should be good to go by the afternoon so maybe hold off posting until then. 

Linda Seccaspina said:

Does this mean I should not put up a blog for tomorrow???
Linda 

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