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New design to Start page launched today

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Thursday, April 26, 2012



Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed, we have a slightly updated design to our "Start" page where you are taken after logging into SparkPeople. The overall functionality and all the links are the same. However, we did an extensive amount of testing the page with both new and experienced members to find some things that were not as intuitive as we would like. We also added a small "Hide" link by each section so you can hide sections if you don't use them.

As part of this, we slightly changed the "navigation" links at the top of the site (My Trackers, Healthy Lifestyle, etc). We used to have a 2nd row of links, but these were redundant with the "dropdown" links you get when putting your mouse over the navigation. Again, this was done to simplify the site.

Here's a new tutorial video that points out all the key features of the Start page. It's a great thing to watch whether you're a long-time member or a new one, plus it'll point out all the new features of our redesign.



If you have any problems or questions, please let us know here.


Thanks!

Dave H.
SparkPeople.com
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SUPERGIRLVEGAS 4/28/2012 6:42PM

    I miss the "Spark Points" tab in the navigation bar- now its an extra step to get back there every time I add points.

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VADAVICTORIA 4/28/2012 6:38PM

    i'm loving the new graphics for the weight/fitness/nutrition trackers - so cute. Interface is a lot cleaner too! good job!

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LJR4HEALTH 4/28/2012 5:52PM

    Not sure how I feel about the change I'm sure I'll love it

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THEIS58 4/28/2012 4:51PM

    love it

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AZCHICA2006 4/28/2012 4:13PM

    Eh, don't love it but don't hate it either. I liked seeing my calories burned bar move further to the right each day and my weight bar move further to the left (most weeks). I'll get used to it I suppose.

Just please do not become like Facebook where the format is constantly changing, and changing to things its customers don't like.

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LESLIESENIOR 4/28/2012 3:07PM

    I'm a special education teacher so maybe that is why I really love the new layout. It is more fun and much clearer. Plus, I love change. Isn't that what we're all about here on Sparkpeople? Cheers to Sparkpeople for modeling the beauty of taking risks and instituting change!!!
Woo Hoo,
Leslie

Comment edited on: 4/28/2012 3:08:21 PM

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MEESHINTHEUK 4/28/2012 3:01PM

    I don't love the look, but I do not hate it.

I do like the new layout of "my goals & progress". Seeing how many calories I still need to burn, in big bold font, really got me motivated today. Seeing the big zero is lovely!!!

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ADJQUILTER 4/28/2012 2:56PM

    Thanks for the hard work and attention to member wants!

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SPRINGBREEZI 4/28/2012 2:54PM

    Layout is nice but do not like blinking todays top stories. Would rather click on each tab on my own. Is there an option to turn off the scan without hiding it?

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GUCCI9300 4/28/2012 2:41PM

    Mixed Feelings on this - still need to do some more navigating

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TINAHAVENER 4/28/2012 2:04PM

    Not really loving the new layout. Too childlike for my taste.

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MCJULIEO 4/28/2012 1:57PM

    Hmmmm!

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GRANDKATZ 4/28/2012 1:47PM

    Love it, everything right there, no need for searching for anything! emoticon emoticon

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PRICANSTINA84 4/28/2012 1:21PM

    LOVE the new layout!!!! :-)

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LREIGLE 4/28/2012 1:09PM

    I love the new layout! Thank you! emoticon

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IMMARRA 4/28/2012 1:07PM

    I completely agree that the site looks more like a "kiddie" site now. I really prefer the previous design and would also appreciate having the option to choose which version to use.

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MSROZZIE 4/28/2012 12:28PM

    I love the new changes, especially the left side My Goals and Progress, which shows calories eaten, and amount of calories burned for week. Excellent.

Some articles I cannot save, it appears that option has been deleted from page, example, the DASH article. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/28/2012 12:30:15 PM

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FLUTTERFLI 4/28/2012 11:28AM

    I don't mean to sound neagative, but I pretty much agree with the others above. The cartoons just look wierd !

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SHEILA-45 4/28/2012 11:24AM

    Mixed feeling here. I like the larger text and images on the tabs but not the cartoon like images.

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CHOOSE2BELIEVE 4/28/2012 11:12AM

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KATD13 4/28/2012 11:11AM

    Oh, I very rarely like updated web site changes. Always wish there was an opt in / out option for those changes. I'm trying to adjust.
Feels sort of like the FB timeline.

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GRAMPIAN 4/28/2012 10:48AM

  Very good.

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VLKSHA 4/28/2012 10:22AM

    With everything getting bigger or more kiddie like, i could never make believe I was reading something for work any more! May reduce my Sparking time in half.

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BLOOMING52 4/28/2012 9:57AM

    Like it.

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LORI815 4/28/2012 9:39AM

    With the change, is there any way to save past weightloss information? I would like to see what I've done in the past while lossing weight to compare to what I'm doing now. If you reset you perameters, you lose all past history (unless I'm not looking in the right place which is always a possibility! LOL!).
Thanks!


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BRITOMART 4/28/2012 9:30AM

    I miss the "health news" tab--it was always interesting to have that (more, frankly, than the insider stuff--for me, I hasten to add). And I find the huge pics distracting. I always prefer more information rather than less, and this site is so simplistic-looking it's a bit of a "kiddie-sized" turn off after 4 years of the other, more "adult-level" site.

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SUNNIE00 4/28/2012 9:12AM

    I love it. emoticon

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XTINEMAS 4/28/2012 8:59AM

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ANNESYLVIA 4/28/2012 8:48AM

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SOOKIE 4/28/2012 8:08AM

    I like ... very crisp and clean looking. Much brighter too!

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NASFKAB 4/28/2012 2:49AM

  thanks

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1BEACHWALKER 4/28/2012 12:56AM

    It is better and even looks better! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTAL_MOM 4/28/2012 12:46AM

    More cluttered looking! The text instead of the visual in my Goals and Progress section is a downgrade if you are a visual person. The differing sized text in that section bothers me, too.

The new tracker buttons look like they belong in a child's game. I would prefer it to be cutting edge and relevant for adults. The current trend in design is cleaner and this doesn't follow that at all.

I dislike this version.

Comment edited on: 4/28/2012 4:05:46 PM

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MAVERICK59 4/28/2012 12:22AM

    Love the updates. Page is more inviting.

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EMMABE1 4/27/2012 11:41PM

    Its easier to read ad to find our way round
Thank you

Comment edited on: 4/27/2012 11:42:12 PM

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CM_GARDNER78 4/27/2012 11:02PM

    I noticed it yesterday!! Love the look - the rounded buttons too! I think it looks pretty slick! Although - if you upgrade again, I'm sure I'd love that just as much! Thanks for all your work to keep things working smoothly for all of us!! :-)

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JAMER123 4/27/2012 11:01PM

    Thank you for keeping the site looking "fresh". I didn't know the changes were coming but I have been busy enough to not get a chance to read all the info coming through regular channels. But the changes seems to navigate easily.

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NICKALTIERI55 4/27/2012 10:50PM

  I did not get the e-mail confirmation at my gmail account but I did get 6 other e-mails. I tried to respond to an e-mail in my sparkle inbox but it said I could not respond without confirmation. I tried the link to resend the "confirmation" letter but it said it expired. Help. nick.altieri55@gmail.com
Thanks,
Nick

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WRITINGDIVA1 4/27/2012 10:40PM

    I didn't notice the changes, but I can be a tad slow. However, I love the new article layout and the related articles beneath them, so I am confident that I will love or learn to love the new layout. Can't wait to notice/check it out! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/27/2012 10:26PM

  I like it........... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/27/2012 10:18PM

    As long as you have gotten rid of that miserable tool bar at the bottom of the page (which I posted about and apparently mine has now be turned off as it wouldn't stay hidden no matter how many times I tried to hide it) then, I'm okay with whatever. That tool bar was nothing but a pop-up ad.

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ELIZACG9 4/27/2012 10:11PM

    I did notice something....really it is alot better now. Good Job!!

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NIKO27 4/27/2012 9:59PM

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MISSLORI5 4/27/2012 9:58PM

    There were some nice surprises the first time I used the updated site-I loved it! Thanks so much! emoticon

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 4/27/2012 8:57PM

    Great job.

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TEACHING1ST 4/27/2012 8:35PM

    The new format and larger font is great. Thanks for the update, Spark People!

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GOING-STRONG 4/27/2012 8:30PM

    I like the updated look... thanks for making SP better and better!

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KIPPER15 4/27/2012 8:05PM

    looks great

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It looks like it may be easier and quicker to use. emoticon emoticon

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