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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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SCOUTMOMMY2025 4/27/2012 7:55PM

    Looks fresh and updated, and who can't use some updating from time to time?

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BIANCAKHS 4/27/2012 7:43PM

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SWTHNY- 4/27/2012 7:27PM

    the pages wonderful looks and is much nicer thank you for always making it nicer.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 4/27/2012 7:15PM

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CMFARRELL36 4/27/2012 7:10PM

    Thank you for the explanation.
Unfortunately this explanation has arrived several days after the event!

I have been having major problems over the past several days, as have a number of friends (judging from feedback and comments in various places).

It ha annoyed me for months that the "pull down menu" from the top bar wouldn't stay in place for long enough to use any of the items. But at least I was able to access those items once the "default" page showed itself.
This past week - I've had the worst of both worlds, together with plenty other members.

Today, for the first time, I found that the drop-down menu stayed in p,ace, so I could access any item on it.
Today - working through SP has, at last, been a pleasure again!

I was intending to send in a question this evening, to the SparkTeam, to find out why such important information was not being given out in good time, and in plenty of places (just in case the info had already been provided, but several members had missed it).

I'm still not convinced that this is the best format - I seem to be needing far more key depressions to get to where I want to be in the site.
However, I expect that practice (usage) will overcome the worst and/or most time consuming problems.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 4/27/2012 6:58PM

    I love it!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/27/2012 6:46PM

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PMFISH 4/27/2012 6:37PM

    Looks great!

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LANNIEMANUEL 4/27/2012 6:23PM

    i like the look. thank you

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/27/2012 6:21PM

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SparkPeople just keeps
getting better & better !

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MARTINT011 4/27/2012 6:05PM

  thanks for all the rewards and the spark points.

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SCHECK5 4/27/2012 6:00PM

    thanks for the info!!

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OZNEU52 4/27/2012 5:50PM

  are there still going to be pop ups like when you hit 25 points daily and have Daily SparkPoints Bonus Spin. today it didn't pop up even tho i had more that 25 points.

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JUNEBUG1944 4/27/2012 5:30PM

    Thanks for the info!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/27/2012 4:50PM

    How can I easily get to my Blog Subscriptions now?

Thanks!

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ANGIEJAY77 4/27/2012 4:27PM

    I love the new changes!!

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SPEEDY143 4/27/2012 3:56PM

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CATMAGNET 4/27/2012 3:50PM

    I love logging in and immediate seeing how much more I have to eat, how many more calories I have to burn this week and how much weight I lost right off the bat. It gets me raring to record my fitness and food, knowing that I'm going to have a healthy living day, and the results speak for themselves!

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BALDWINJ_03 4/27/2012 3:15PM

    My favorite part is when you log on there and it says "38 lbs lost" emoticon

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SWEESIN 4/27/2012 3:13PM

    helpful

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/27/2012 3:06PM

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KMATHRE 4/27/2012 2:47PM

    I like being able to hide the things I don't, but should, use. I much prefer the new drop menu's update for the top of the page.

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FRIENDOFBACH 4/27/2012 2:00PM

  Not used to the changes yet. Will try to remember to check back later.
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YZARAGO11 4/27/2012 1:47PM

  I'm a new member and love this site.

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KTNEWJOURNEY 4/27/2012 1:43PM

    I like the changes!

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MARYANN2323 4/27/2012 1:39PM

    Bring back the second row of tabs, PLEASE!

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CEJ927 4/27/2012 1:33PM

    Love the new look! Easier to navigate.

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TATTER3 4/27/2012 1:33PM

    Change happens

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HELLO-BEAUTIFUL 4/27/2012 1:32PM

    I thought something looked different emoticon

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TWEETIEBIRDIE 4/27/2012 1:14PM

    Thanks for the new look! Easy to use and readable!!!

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CLOVER2 4/27/2012 1:03PM

    I just went back through the new starting page, I am really going to like this! First reaction, as perfectly normal, is "Oh, I don't know, why would they change?" But that is how most of us react to change, but after reading this and looking at the video and then going back, I like it!
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/27/2012 1:03PM

    It's a great new look! Like that "hide" feature, too.

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MOMMY445 4/27/2012 12:58PM

    i like the new look,too!

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PETESKI24 4/27/2012 12:53PM

    I like the new look.

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BESCATS 4/27/2012 12:53PM

    Haven't used all of it yet, so time will tell. So far, so good. emoticon

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BIRDLSLAURIE 4/27/2012 12:35PM

    I really like the changes. Thanks.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/27/2012 12:33PM

    Most of the new look I appreciate, but I have to admit to really disliking how the graphical appearance of the calories in, calories out, and weight tracker were changed to numbers. Somehow seeing 1150-1400 in big black letters just isn't as snap, easy to think with as a little colored line about 1/3 of the way to the end.

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COOKINGSTARS 4/27/2012 12:33PM

    love the new look

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FOREVERFITCHICK 4/27/2012 12:21PM

    Nice simplistic design! Great changes for the better.

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ARCSPARKS 4/27/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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SHAWNY2 4/27/2012 11:56AM

    I really like the changes! Will help me keep more focused! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 4/27/2012 11:54AM

    I'm enjoying the new look.

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CICELY360 4/27/2012 11:37AM

  The new page looks good, but I'll know if I like it in about a week.

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SAL1512 4/27/2012 11:37AM

    Since the updates I have not been able to fill out my team goals properly.

I go to Track other goals
Then I go to Track team goals
It says How much?
I put in a number
Then I want to fill out the Optional Comments field and I cannot type in that box. It just bumps me back to the How much? field.

Sally


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LARSEN_84 4/27/2012 11:30AM

  LOVE THE NEW LOOK. emoticon

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JEWITCH 4/27/2012 11:25AM

    Great new look. Thanks SP!

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SUPERSYLPH 4/27/2012 11:24AM

    I love the new design!

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