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Aug 22, 2007 05:40 PM

Epicurious redesign - I hate it! [moved from Not About Food board]

Maybe the Chowhound team will delete this - can you complain about another site on this site?

I have always loved Epicurious and get lots of recipes there - and I know from the references in the posts that others do too. Today I went on and found the new site design. It breaks my heart to say it but I think I won't be using Epicurious anymore.

This is another "let's add every new fangled graphic we can fit in" web design. The pages now load very slowly (and it's not my connection - I'm on DSL). Just when you think you can start to look at a recipe the page moves and you end up clicking on an ad instead of a link.

I don't mind sites improving but why do they have to add so much frou frou?

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  1. Oh it's not that bad. You just have to get used to it. Actually, I found it easy to navigate,,, fun to click on the various topics and see what comes up.
    Sometimes, change is good, you know.

    1. Honestly, I just saw the new epicurious site, and I prefer the old one, too. While I think I can get used to the new design/feel of this one, I have a big problem with all of the new types of features (mostly ads) that cause sites to require minutes to load. I really hate it when the page suddenly jumps and links move around! I have a cable connection, so I am pretty sure that it is not me. AOL recently made changes that cause the same problems, only to a far worse degree, and I said goodbye.

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      1. re: vvvindaloo

        I was at Epicurious' website a few days ago, and found it *extremely* annoying that they put a teeny-tiny little "advanced search" banner underneath an automatic pop-down Recipes link on the main page. Everytime you scroll over the Recipe link, it blocked getting to the Advanced Search link. You have to maneuver your cursor around the Recipes link to get to Search. Yes, I know you can click on Recipes and get to an Advanced Search banner that way without any addition pop-downs, but why should I have to click through? If they PUT the Advanced Search on the main page, make it so it's easy to use!

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I had the same problem - among others. I (kinda) understand that sites need to sell ad space. But when their own graphics clutter things up and slow things down that really irritates me. Pretty graphics are nice - but it's the content that brings people to the site. And if you can't get to it - what's the point.

      2. Oh! I thought it was just me!

        I dislike it too. And it's acting oddly - I"m on DSL too and it's like a slug now. Yea, change is good, but maybe not so good this time. I think it needs some tweaking.

        1. Unfortunately it seems to be a trend. Yahoo, IMDB, Epicurious, the newspaper websites, all of them are adding intensive graphics and streaming video on their home pages, which makes it really hard for an older computer, even with a fast internet connection, to access. I can barely even use Yahoo Games anymore. I've actually called to complain to a couple of sites where I had major problems, and was told that the upgrades were because they want to be on the "cutting edge" technology-wise, but I'm sure it all has to do with ad revenue, and those moving ads that jump around the page are much more inadvertently clicked on than ads that stay in one place.

          If you notice, it's mostly the free sites that depend on ad revenue are doing it -- sites that are purely commercial, and depend upon revenue from customers, tend to keep their sites less graphics-intensive. and Ebay come to mind -- I think their design philosophy is to keep their websites cleaner so people with all kinds of computers can easily use them. But, yeah, to keep this on the original poster's point, I find the new design on Epicurious difficult to use at best. I'll probably keep using it, as it's the only source for recipes from Gourmet Magazine, but I'm sure it (and other sites like it) will continue to annoy me until I'm so frustrated I have to break down and buy a new computer.

          1. Glad it's not just me. I did not return to the site after my initial visit because I did not like it that much!