Gadget Blog fans will be interested in Engadget’s new design and list of features. They’ve rolled it out in the last hour and it’s definately got a new look and feel. Here are their main change headings:
- User moderated comments
- Comment logins
- Dynamic content width
- Breaking news, features box, Engadget Mobile headlines
- Tags and tag feeds, comment feeds, and category feeds
- Multiple podcast feeds!
The breaking news and features boxes are a good move. I’m sure they get a lot of visitors to their individual archive pages and this will help build page views.
I’m also interested in the moderated comments which allow users to have control in how they display and rank them. Wouldn’t work on many blogs with few comments (or wouldn’t be the effort to add it) but on blogs with lots of comments like Engadget gets it’d have an impact.
Interesting to see one of the top blogs reinventing itself like this. What do you think of the redesign?
PS – in terms of advertising – the main thing I notice about the new design at a first glance is that it seems to have a lot less ads on the main page in the content area. From memory they had quite a few of them (mainly AdSense).