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digitalscience says

Post marketplace redesign depression..

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digitalscience says

Suggestion: there needs to be more focus on Categories in the search area to help users narrow down the search. Also the word “more” should be clickable and link to the category page.

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Where is the section to see new files from authors you follow? Has that been scrapped??? I see there is a button to follow an author on featured section, so it must have some sort of purpose. But I think the follow author section was a good idea.. it was just implemented poorly before.. so what’s the deal now, has Envato decided to remove it now completely from the home page??
“Just for you” is that section. Same “new items from authors you follow” content, different layout, we hide it completely if it’s empty.

Ah I see it now! Ok so now the new items section is pushed even further down the page. The new items section updates more frequently than the follow section, so it should be above in my opinion.

I just want to stress that what’ve been asking for for years is more homepage exposure to new files, that was a priority improvement request.. so I’m not sure why the new files section has been pushed even further down the page, also minus visible category links.. over all the whole new items section is less prominent, so it’s another step backwards in my opinion.

Keep in mind if you’re a new author, with no previous files, no followers,.. the new items section is extremely important to be discovered, and with shorter and shorter exposure times, the new items section needs to be the first thing buyers see when they refresh the page.

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digitalscience says

Where is the section to see new files from authors you follow? Has that been scrapped??? I see there is a button to follow an author on featured section, so it must have some sort of purpose.

But I think the follow author section was a good idea.. it was just implemented poorly before.. so what’s the deal now, has Envato decided to remove it now completely from the home page??

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digitalscience says

Anyone find it kinda strange how in one day, they change the home page to have less focus on finding new files, but now have more focus on top sellers, and then in another thread talk about sending Power Elites into outer space after customers have spent 25 million dollars on their items. Envato management needs to get their head out of the clouds and the distant future, and focus on the present – 2014, and listen to the community, feet on the ground and look at the foundation of the site.. Can you ask yourself if this is a cutting edge marketplace design, that is sustainable for the next few years??

If the visual refresh was a good design, you would have very few negative responses – so if the majority don’t like it, then you’re doing something wrong – clearly. And honestly none of these new features anyone wanted in the first place, so why on earth were they implemented – is this not a community driven site, that is shaped around the communities needs? Or is this just some elaborate platform to send a few Envato millionaires into low gravity orbit :D

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digitalscience says

And to sum up the changes:

  • A giant search bar right underneath a smaller search bar
  • More focus and double the amount of exposure time to Featured Files
  • More focus and exposure to Free Files
  • A secondary Popular Items button is now visible on home
  • Removal of visible links to new item categories (replaced with barely noticeable drop down)
  • Overall navigation lighter / duller and less noticable
  • Borders and dividers removed – content less distinguishable between sections

Basically none of these things were requested by the community – and none of these really help the average author, unless you’re featured, given a file away for free or you’re on the popular pages.. good work :D

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digitalscience says

I think why Envato struggles with these visual refreshes is they’re trying to work around the old layout, the old format – like the 80 px by 80 px thumbs. Time to move on and scrap the old layout and format and come up with something that’s going to be sustainable in the future and have responsive design in mind. Personally I think the thumbs could be a little bigger, and make them 4:3 ratio. The entire navigation could also be rethought out, and changed to something that is user friendly and intuitive.

You have 1000’s of world class designers here, why not just start a competition for a marketplace redesign with some incentives – you could even have the community vote for the best designs.

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digitalscience says

Soo much better! Next easy partnership payments?

+1 Yes this would be great and needed

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digitalscience says

Before we send authors into outer-space.. I think Envato should spend more money on a complete redesign of the entire marketplace so it’s as good as it can be and sustainable for the next 10 years. For a multimillion dollar company, you should have a marketplace design that reflects that – but it has the same layout since it started . The site isn’t even responsive yet, come on!

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digitalscience says

When browsing “New Items” on the home page – if you change the category to for example “Marketing Templates” it would be much better if the button below called “Popular Items” went to the the popular page of the Marketing Templates. Otherwise that button is misleading because it will always take you to the same Popular page of All items no matter which category you’re in.

Remember the user has already selected a filter and wants to be in a particular category – so the links below should change to narrow down the search.

Currently if the user wanted to view Popular Marketing Templates – they would have to abandon looking at new items section, and go to the drop down in the main menu – this disrupts the flow when the user is narrowing down his search – ie bad UX.

Also I strongly suggest saying “Switch Category” next to the category drop down – at first glance I didn’t actually notice it was there… this is kinda bad because before the categories were visible and noticeable. That drop down could be bigger / or brighter / or colourful because it’s actually quite a main feature but right now that dull grey colour makes it fade into the background.

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