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Here’s What Yahoo’s Homepage Is About To Look Like [Report]

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Yahoo is reportedly rolling out a new redesign to its homepage. It’s not dramatically different, but it’s different.

Business Insider has gotten ahold of a couple of screen shots. Here’s the one showing what it looks like above the fold:

Yahoo Homepage

For comparison, here’s what the old/current version looks like:

Old Yahoo Design

The most noticeable element is the disappearance of the Yahoo Trends box from the upper right-hand corner. This will no longer be in users’ faces as much, and will be displayed in a list format int he left-hand column. Meanwhile, the list of Yahoo sites that appear there is shrunk to accomodate the trends list. Any missing sites are presumably still accessible via the “more” link. They also made a little room by getting rid of the words “Yahoo! Sites” at the top of that list. This was certainly not needed.

Additionally, Yahoo has simplified the header, adding a gray bar, which encompasses the logo (which has turned from purple to white), the search box, the sign in link and the mail link. There is a drop-down menu for search options on one side of the search box, and “search” has been removed from the search button in favor of a search icon (which is purple, as opposed to the old yellow box).

The news section has become a bit more visual, with an additional main picture added, though this pushes the list of stories down further. Those stories, however, now come with snippets, and don’t appear to be categorized like they are on the old version. It’s hard to tell too much from these images though.

There is an interesting amount of prominence given to the Astrology section on the right-hand side in the new design, but it’s quite possible that this is simply a dynamic and/or personalized section. Business Insider does indicate that sources have said more personalization is coming to the page.

Above that, there is a local weather section.

So far, we have not seen the new homepage in the wild, but Business Insider says it’s been confirmed by a a source close to Yahoo, so I guess we’ll see it soon enough. According to the report, it’s a slow roll out.

Whether or not you’re a Yahoo user, it’s hard to ignore just how big the Yahoo homepage truly is. Have you ever taken a look at Yahoo’s realtime pageview counter for it? You can access it here. As of the time of this writing (3:04 PM), it is closing in on 109 million pageviews for the day. As far as I can tell, it’s getting about two to three thousand a second.

Image credit: Business Insider

Here’s What Yahoo’s Homepage Is About To Look Like [Report]
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  • I Am Leaving Yahoo Over This!!!

    Once again, Yahoo forces it’s loyal users to changes the users never wanted. Instead of respecting us and our choices, they spit in our faces and say “shut up and take it!”…well..enough is enough. I am now leaving Yahoo and am simply having a blank homepage. I’d rather see nothing than this horrible new format. Newer isn’t always better, and Yahoo obviously doesn’t care how many of us complain in their bid to stay “fresh & current”. Here’s news for you Yahoo: Many of us like things to stay the way they are. This is why some of us don’t buy new cars every year. Or new houses every year. Or new computers every year. However, what will be new for me is a new homepage, because I will no longer allow you to disrespect me this way.

    Goodbye Yahoo..you just lost another loyal viewer. Tell that to your advertisers.

  • http://newyahoo crispin julian

    New yahoo format is ridiculous, trying to open two very important attachments to work on them on weekend. No longer have option to ‘save as’. It save ‘save to computer’ but where the hell does it go. Absolute omnishambles. What is going on?

  • ellen

    HATE IT. No drop down menu on writing emails, can’t find anything, HATE IT. Want old yahoo back. Please tell yahoo most of us HATE IT.

  • Denny

    Yahoo….always assumes it knows what we want to read…..It is very close to the National Inquirer. Same old garbage over and over. Hundreds of stories no one gives a damn about.

  • Diane

    I don’t like the new homepage, PLUS, have not been able to open my email account to retrieve or send messages since the update. Cannot get help from anyone, what do I do now?

  • Susan Reid

    I have been getting away from Yahoo and have changed my homepage for some time. I really liked the way that they had it and would only read their news in the past. As of today, Jan. 17th it’s even worse! I hate it! I have had my Rogers account and they use Yahoo and they keep changing my email format. I can’t send a url to a friend without writing a few words, they won’t let me. Many other problems, too many to describe. I don’t know why they think that changing what we like is good. It just pushed people away. Their games were too slow so I went to MSN now this! Good by Yahoo!