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Updated version of Start page now available


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hi everyone

One of our biggest goals is to make SparkPeople easier and more powerful to use for all our members, both new and experienced. After getting considerable feedback from our members and coaches we re-worked our "Start" page, which is the page you see immediately after logging in to the site.

You have the option to switch to our new Start page, unless you are a new member who joined after 10:30 AM Eastern Time today, in which case you will automatically see the new Start page. If you are an experienced member who changes to the new Start page you have the option to switch back to the old, or "classic" Start page, right after you switch. You can switch to the new page by finding and clicking the "Try the new Start page" link on the upper left of the Start page. If you'd like to see a preview of the new Start page you can click here.

We believe this new Start page will make SparkPeople easier to use for everyone. Some changes include:
- Quick views of your goal progress on the left of the page
- As easier view of site content at the top center of the page, plus quick links to your special programs and challenges in the center of the page
- Easy access to the SparkPoints wheel and Trophies in the center of the page
- Display of your friend feed, and the ability to update your Status, on the lower right of the page
- A generally improved visual design, to make everything easier to find

As mentioned above, changing to the new page is currently optional. If you do change to the new page and have any suggestions for things to change please leave a comment below.

Thanks!

Dave H.
SparkPeople.com

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Thanks for the great feedback everyone -- I'm happy to hear you like the new Start page!

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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Edited to Add: We now have a new video showcasing the start page and how to use it. You can view it on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=To1XQWPwY3I
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAYJO64 1/1/2011 7:23AM

    Very nice. Thank you!

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SNUZSUZ 1/1/2011 5:09AM

    Looks really good! I'll try and see how I like it! Thank you and Happy New Year!

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JAMIEJOYNER 1/1/2011 3:30AM

    i like it!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 1/1/2011 3:23AM

    Will give it a try! THANKS! Happy New Year!
HUGS
Pam

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1DRWOMAN 1/1/2011 1:54AM

    emoticon I love the new page and I rarely love "new" online pages and views of things...it's great!!! THANK YOU! :)


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MUSETTE29 12/31/2010 9:53PM

    Yes, I love it! I was often frustrated by the navigation of the old start page. I think this will make it easier to get to the things I want to do--so I can get on with it, and then get out and go! Happy New Year.

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SHEENADEE 12/31/2010 9:23PM

    On my way to check it out. Thanks!

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KELLY40222 12/31/2010 9:18PM

    Going to check it out!

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JAYNE0629 12/31/2010 8:55PM

    AWESOME new site! Been using sparkpeople.com since May 2010 and really like the update. Thanks for the tools to help me reach my goals. Just started reading the Spark book - had my hubby buy it for me for a x-mas present along with the 2 workout DVD's - and I LOVE them all. Thanks again for all you do for us to keep us motivated to reach our goals.

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CHERRI350 12/31/2010 6:33PM

    Like the new start

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CHRISTMASRAIN 12/31/2010 6:04PM

    Oh yay!!!

I love new starts:)

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SWEETS55 12/31/2010 5:49PM

  I LIKE THIS PAGE ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAVE JUST START .

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EEGBAR 12/31/2010 5:39PM

    I like the new format. Thanks for the hard work.

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SHE-LION 12/31/2010 5:27PM

    Looks great!

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LISAGOULDIE 12/31/2010 5:01PM

    I think it's fun to try new things. I will try the new start page. I should get my new Spark book after 1/4. That should be fun too! Thanks for giving me great tools to help me reach my goal!

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PANSYLADY2 12/31/2010 4:41PM

    Looks good! Like the layout of the center column!

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MNGIRLIE 12/31/2010 4:32PM

    Unfortunately the navigation bar does not display properly in Firefox. Since Firefox is my primary browser I won't be making the switch until that issue is resolved. Otherwise things look to be well organized. I look forward to making the switch once other browsers are supported.

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UNICORN212 12/31/2010 4:19PM

    I missed the "My Message Board Activity" so I switched back to the classic.

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SAILSCALL 12/31/2010 3:53PM

    I upgraded because I look the new look. Easier to navigate as well.

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MASE72 12/31/2010 3:12PM

    Thank you! I will try it!

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CALGAL10831 12/31/2010 2:57PM

    Looks good. I am going to change right away to the new start page

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SAMMY0328 12/31/2010 1:47PM

    I love it!

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AMJSATURN 12/31/2010 1:38PM

    i THINK i WILL LIKE IT. IT IS CLEARLY DEFINED.
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JESTICJADE 12/31/2010 12:23PM

    cool. i will try it

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RUTHXG 12/31/2010 12:15PM

    I like the look of the new start page, but now I don't see where I can access the articles and board posts I have marked as favorites. It used to be available from my sparkpage as well, but now it's not available either place. ?? I guess I'll retain the "classic" start until those links are made accessible somewhere.

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BLOOM49 12/31/2010 11:14AM

    I like it - it has a much better look and "feel".

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K_FUHRMAN 12/31/2010 10:59AM

    I love the new layout. However, the links in the My Programs area are giving me a 404 error.

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CONNIE1826 12/31/2010 10:59AM

    this is cool. everything is right there. GREAT

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MMNICKS 12/31/2010 10:56AM

    Really like the look and feel of the new start page, think I will change and use it!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/31/2010 10:47AM

    Thank you for the new start page. I find it easier and faster to use, you all always keep things fresh for us...great job!



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DFROMTX 12/31/2010 9:57AM

    Thanks for the changes. New Spark Page looks great. emoticon emoticon

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LACURA 12/31/2010 9:35AM

    I like the new page emoticon

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JLEMUS1 12/31/2010 9:17AM

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SUPERSYLPH 12/31/2010 9:16AM

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WINWIN1 12/31/2010 8:46AM

    Will check it out! Thank you Sparkguy!

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EGRAMMY 12/31/2010 8:32AM

    I am so anxious to check it out and see if we can group our Spark Friends like they do on other social sites. And if there is help for leaders to give goodies more easily.

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SG11505 12/31/2010 8:27AM

    I LOVE the new start page! I really like everything about it, the content, format and look. Thanks!

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183WANTS2B140 12/31/2010 7:15AM

    Not sure about the new page yet. Will have to give it a try

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JENNFIELDS4 12/31/2010 6:49AM

    Looks great willing to try it!

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CZARINA_TV 12/31/2010 6:30AM

    My big problem with the start page is that it always logs me out! I'm going to switch to the new one and cross my fingers.

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LITTLEWIND53 12/31/2010 3:24AM

    When you first put the water quick tracker and the exercise tracker on the start page, there was a notation that entering exercise minutes there would not automatically update our exercise trackers and we would still have to visit those specific trackers to update.

Has anything changed there? Can we now enter everything on the start page or do we still have to to to the tracker as well????

Comment edited on: 12/31/2010 3:25:46 AM

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/31/2010 1:44AM

    I love the new start page - Awesome!

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MOONSTORMER 12/31/2010 12:53AM

    really love the new start page - but it's very buggy! i am sticking with it, but there are many broken links and the tracker bars don't always reflect the food/fitness. please have your developers look into it.

LOVE the new look!

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SMOEGOPOP 12/31/2010 12:48AM

    I like the new format. It is so much easier to navigate than the old format, plus it looks more attractive.

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DOUGLYE 12/31/2010 12:38AM

  LOVE the new look. It gives it more of a heads up look at the entire page content.
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ARIANERA 12/30/2010 11:40PM

    Thank you for making it easy to try the new format, and easy to switch back if you don't like it.

I like the new layout EXCEPT for the animated section in the middle. The quick flashing changes as it scrolled through the various featured articles and the middle of the screen were distracting. Is is possible to change the speed, or make changing between the tabs manual?

For now, I'll stick with the "classic" layout that I'm used to.

Ari

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2MUCHRUTHIE 12/30/2010 11:17PM

    I like it and am using it already!

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GEOCACHEAZ 12/30/2010 11:12PM

    Looks great! Can't wait to start logging in!

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KIGGANSJ 12/30/2010 10:49PM

    Love the new look, making the switch now

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VIRGOGURL4 12/30/2010 10:27PM

    I haven't even looked at the start page yet, but I know that it will look good!

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