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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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KATYMACK 12/30/2010 10:50AM

    Love it. Great job. Thanks a million.

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CATHEITE 12/30/2010 10:50AM

    I suppose I will get used to the new version, but I find the "classic" view more visually appealing. Still, thank you for striving to better our environment. It's great that you really listen.

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VISUALLYRICS 12/30/2010 10:50AM

    I LOVE it!! emoticon for every improvement here at SP!! You guys ROCK!!
..just when I think it can't get any better - It Does!
....one question: Can you personalize this Start Page?....like place the "Friend Feed" at the top and Today's Features" at the bottom...for instance?

Thanks! ~ Laura

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SHEILA1505 12/30/2010 10:50AM

    It does look clean - but

I want to have my Spark Earth minutes visible as with the original

Also I enjoy having access to my previous Message Board comments - my community items

I do like having the points wheel there - saves time !

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JACKIEP1961 12/30/2010 10:49AM

    Love it! I am switching right now :) Thanks SP for your continued commitment to this wonderful website.

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JSELLINGTON 12/30/2010 10:48AM

    I love the new page, it is a definite keeper!!! Thanks you are all awesome!!! emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 12/30/2010 10:47AM

    Great new Look! I think I will try it. Thanks!

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LOVESLIFE48 12/30/2010 10:47AM

    Thanks!! Gonna give it a try!! Happy New Year!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/30/2010 10:46AM

    You guys read my mind! I was just thinking yesterday that I wish my start page would like a little more like my Android App where it shows my input vs output.



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VAMANOS 12/30/2010 10:46AM

    I like it! It does appear to be better organized and easier to read, and I like the addition of the daily progress on goals on the left side. Good job! emoticon

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DAISY443 12/30/2010 10:46AM

    Looks like a great improvement! Thanks for all you do for us out here in Spark Land!

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ETTEZEUS 12/30/2010 10:46AM

    It didn't work for me. I keep getting an error page...now I have no start page at all.

I closed out my browser and restarted it...new page is there...looks good.

Comment edited on: 12/30/2010 11:04:46 AM

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PAMBWS 12/30/2010 10:44AM

    Looks interesting...will give it a try.

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MINENA1 12/30/2010 10:41AM

    Love it! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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FREES1 12/30/2010 10:41AM

    thanks for the nice New Year's gift!!!!

looks pretty slick! and appears it will be easier to use!! not to be picky .. please stop the 'todays features' from moving through all the tabs and could the progress bars and the quick tracker be reversed on the left panel? i'd rather scroll for the progress than each time I want to add water or freggies! just some feedback!

Happy New Year Spark Guy and your Team!!!
and thanks for everything!

Comment edited on: 12/30/2010 11:05:23 AM

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KATHYJO56 12/30/2010 10:41AM

    I checked it out and for now I am sticking with the old and familiar. It is a great page though. emoticon

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KMICHA 12/30/2010 10:41AM

    I will check it out! Sounds great! Thanks for the work you put into helping us along on our life changing journey!


Oooo . . . I like it!!! I will change to the new! Thanks again! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/30/2010 10:44:24 AM

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