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By: Toby Skinner , 2:04 AM GMT on February 02, 2011

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You found your way to this blog so you've already seen the new design of wunderground.com and we hope that you like what you've seen so far.

This is the culmination of 2 years of development and planning with the goal to improve the user interface and make it even easier for our users to quickly surface the weather data that they are looking for.

In fact, you could argue that this is the culmination of 16 years hard work. As you know, we constantly launch new products and tools to enhance the service we provide to you all. Over the years we've added so much data to the back-end that we needed to reorganize the Site Architecture - a spring clean as it were.

This has helped us group all of our content into 7 main channels which in turn has led to the easier to use navigation of the new site. The simple new layout design presents the data in a more digestible format and appears less data heavy.

Rest assured, we have not taken away any of the data from the old site. To the contrary, it is now easier to quickly view a lot more weather data than before - especially on the city forecast pages where you now get an overview of the hourly forecasts without having to click to a new page.

There are too many new benefits to list them all - the load time is a lot faster than the previous version, we have new graphics such as spark lines that enable you to quickly view weather patterns and you can customize your city forecast page using the collapsable modules.

If you want to learn more please take a look at this presentation that we put together which showcases some of the more significant changes.

Please let us know what you think of the new design - it's all for your benefit so we hope you like it!

If you have any issues with the new site please submit a support ticket.


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654. Breckendude
10:58 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Don't get rid of the "Classic View". You ruined a great site. On the classic view, the NWS forecasts were at the top of the page with clear descriptions, not cute icons. I have been a member for ten years. If you get rid of the classic view, I will forced to abandon this site and get my weather from another.
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653. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
10:57 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
You're unable to modify recommended links or edit profile information with the new format.
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652. slevy
10:57 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
Preferred the old site. It was compact (the new one has much lower density), with the things that I most often want to know -- current stats (not just temperature!), weather radar thumbnail, and next-few-days' daily forecasts -- at the top of the main page, without having to scroll down. It was also lightweight: loaded quickly, more so than the elaborate new default design. I don't understand why so much main-page space is devoted to the block of fine print of regional weather summary, or the map of worldwide weather events. Valuable stuff, but *not* for the main page for most people, I think.

Of the new designs, the "Lite" view (wund.com) isn't bad. I'd often be happy with it. But the original ("classic") design really was quite good, especially for those familiar with it.

One nice feature of new design: the wind gauge. Circle with direction tick and speed number is slick, concise, clear. But the overall layout of the Current Conditions block is too sparse -- attractive, but not a good use of prime screen area. As an amateur astronomer, I'm personally interested in sunrise/sunset/moon phase, but I don't think that belongs in prime space for most people either.

Old design put an appealing random Photos thumbnail in prime space too. That was a nice touch -- I'm surprised you've moved it down to an out-of-the-way Community block. The whole block-structure scheme is, well, too blockily coarse grained.
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651. dkb
10:56 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
First you will notice how long I've been a member so I am really trying to support wunderground. The problem here is that Wunderground attracted people who were actually interested in weather. Weather.com was for those people that simply wanted to know if they needed bring an umbrella tomorrow. They also had the attraction of having video. But people visiting Weather.com really didn't care about weather if you know what I mean. What appears to have happened here is that Wunderground is now trying to cater to those people who are basically what I would call "weather illiterate". These are the people that don't want anything complicated listed on their weather page, don't care about other locations, and like forecasts like "Beauty Forecast" (yes, that exists on weather.com).  It is unfortunate that in today's society (especially in the USA) we have to dumb everything down and get rid of anything scientific because the general population doesn't care or can't understand it.  Both sad situations.  Since I realize economics may be at play here for the reasoning behind the site change I think you could do a lot of service to your "old-school" users if you continue to improve the "classic" site.  The Classic site is starting to look antiquated with all its text links.  Like, why doesn't the the classic site have tabs in the U.S. Severe Weather Map like the new site does?  A nice little GUI improvement without affecting the actual usage of the classic style.  I'm sure there are plenty of other little improvements that could be done to the Classic one as well.  Just don't abandon it.
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As an IT and linux guy, I find that I am able to use it ok, but I agree, the old look was more efficient for me. I may be able to get used to it, but why change a great thing? I hate to see things like facebook changes that are more a pita than useful. People change things they are bored with, or have put TOO much thought into. Time will tell, thanks for staying up for so long on the 'net.
As for this being "reported" nonsense... do we have an internet Big Brother that keeps track of when people voice their tastes and what they like more than some others? This is the web people! Did you expect everyone to drool over this and praise you? Regardless of how long you put into it, and what you expected, people really seem to have preferred the old site much better, and they are letting you know. Some a little stronger then others. Boy o Boy, maybe I will get to see the inside of the internet jail. "reported" ROFLMAO
Thanks for your efforts, Ed
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In case anyone else has not seen this. Classic WeatherUnderground is an option!!!!!!!!!


http://classic.wunderground.com/blog/WunderPress/comment.html?entrynum=12


Thanks!
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Quoting Tazmanian:




you been reported


You too!

You can't go around intimidating people just because you don't like their opinion.
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Here's what I see, it would probably be ok if the favorites was on the side like the classic. It looks a little too much like weather.com. I've used wunderground since the days when it was a telnet site. I want to see as much information on one page without having to hit tabs or drop down or slider menus. I also want more detailed forecast like wunderground not like weather.com. Like others, there's a lot of wasted space on the sides that could be used. I guess if I still had an old 14" monitor, it would be fine, and it should have been beta tested with user input instead of "here's our new site, like it". Luckily, there is the classic view until it's eliminated. I hope we have the choice for a while. After that, I'll go use the forecast.weather.com site and loose having my favorite cities to look at.
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Thanks for putting up the classic. I sincerely hope you leave this as an option. Is it going to stay?

If it is I will subscribe.
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Quoting amigasource:


WHAT?? Reported?? When is "sucks" a bad word? And more to the point, I am totally displeased with the changes and I stated my opinion as such. Obviously I am not the only one...

I know that no one is forcing me to be here and I am free go to other sites and not continue my subscription if WU does not meet my expectations but until that time I feel I am allowed to comment about it.



if you dont like it then you can chang it back too way it was
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644. auburn (Mod)
Quoting htrebel:
I'll play with it, review the new set up and then make a decision. I'm not opposed to change but have not had time to do a true evaluation.


Thats what it takes!!!
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Quoting Tazmanian:




you been reported


WHAT?? Reported?? When is "sucks" a bad word? And more to the point, I am totally displeased with the changes and I stated my opinion as such. Obviously I am not the only one...

I know that no one is forcing me to be here and I am free go to other sites and not continue my subscription if WU does not meet my expectations but until that time I feel I am allowed to comment about it.
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Count me among the shocked. I was very surprised and annoyed my beloved wunderground had so radically changed.
After having the initial shock wear off I'm starting to become acclimated to the new layout and do see many benefits from the redesign.
I think I'm going to like it. If I don't there's always the classic view on which to fall back.
This is the ONLY website to which I pay a fee and will continue to so do.
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I'll play with it, review the new set up and then make a decision. I'm not opposed to change but have not had time to do a true evaluation.
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Well, I’d hate to be reported for expressing my opinion, but...here goes. (Yes, I know the old site is available, at least for the near future.)

I’m not adverse to changing a website layout, if the changes actually make the presentation of data clearer, with less clicks/scrolling/effort to get to. Even a purely aesthetic change is fine, if it does not force the user to spend substantially more time on the site to get the same data.

Here are a few specifics for the local pages--

Gone: 7-day text forecast from the top of the page. Probably the most sought after info for most users.

Half-Gone: daily text forecast. Now only available if you click on each day, but only for five days.

Gone: Quick to view favorites.

Gone: Radar at a glance at the top of the page.

Gone: Wind chill reading. What exactly does “feels like” mean? Is this a dumbed down “feature?”

Changed: Fonts and icon sizes. Everything is now tiny.

Added: “Weather Events” to the top of the local page. It certainly doesn’t deserve top billing. Do we really need to know what the Groundhog saw?

Added: Pointless Weather Summary on the local page.

Added: Tons of white space on the local page.

Added: Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling…
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Sorry, I know change is good but I really think the old site design was more user friendly - both the maps and the daily weather list. I'm going to stick with the classic design. That said, this is my absolute favorite weather site. I tell everyone about it.
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638. mobbo
I have worked as an IT Admin for a very long time. The single most important thing I have EVER learned during my tenure is this: "You will never please everybody". I wish I would have learned that earlier rather than later.

Everyone will dislike a few things here and there. But the vast majority of people will like it and not feel the need to post.

Site looks good. However my browser (IE8) tries to download a file on the homepage whenever I launch it. I've confirmed it on a few other machines in the office. WU staff, feel free to message me if you'd like more details.
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637. MTSDC
sorry you need to keep site simple. Showing US map right away is key and then going to your favorites, is all I want to see quickly. Too much searching for stuff. Please do not do away with "Classic View setting" or I'll be forced to go to another site.
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Update: I did find, with some experimentation, that I could get back to the old display. Some people say life is all about change. I say, with all the stuff going on in the world now, this is more change than I want to deal with right now. Also, maybe I'm an overeducated snob, but I would sure like it if people who don't believe in the concept "the customer is always right" would at least use good spelling and sentence structure; otherwise it just looks childish. Everybody's feelings about these changes should be respected. And what is this "reported" business? People should be able to complain without getting into some kind of trouble.
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Well, by golly. There is something here that is worth noting.

On the Full View map, it seems one of our options is to find the location of every Interstate Battery retailer in the country. Note the battery sales location next to Jersey Village, just below the check box. Who says WU doesn't care about giving us a useful site?

There are real possibilities here. For example: temperature, humidity, Barnes & Noble... ;-)

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634. auburn (Mod)
Quoting charlesimages:
WOW GUYS! I LOVE THIS NEW SETUP!!!!


Me too...
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That's why they are called personal computers. The old site works better IMO on my wife's iPad and on my Unix laptop. So I am a happy camper as long as there is an option. When I return to my 22" iMac I may like the new design better.

It is, again my opinion, a slick design and certainly a massive project. I see nothing to pick on anyone about. I too like the old site, just because I know where everything and 30+ years of programming or not as I get older I like familiar things. As with many of the people posting comments, this is the only site I pay money to so I too feel like I have a stake in the site.

So while I applaud the effort and expertise that when into the new site, I like my old glove better than the new one.
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I HATE the new design. The old design was perfect; plenty of information, but not overly detailed. I am happy that the Classic layout is still available.
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really chuck?
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WOW GUYS! I LOVE THIS NEW SETUP!!!!
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Quoting samuelallen:



Do you know what periods are?



yes and i no what this is you been reported
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I am all for change and there are likeable changes that I can get used to. I have been through many software changes in the last 25 years, all for the better, some requiring more time to get used to than others. Lot of good stuff here BUT the feature I used without fail several times a day was the world map giving worldwide temperature contours for the different areas of the world. The one feature I used more was the favorites, which was a condensed format of temperatures worldwide as I had set it up. I could get a picture of the world's weather in one minute at the level of detail I wanted. I also prefer the member blogs following Dr Masters' blog rather than a separate page (if I understand this new version correctly). I will continue to use the classic view but that will not be supported for long so I will have to try to find another site which will give me the info I want in the format I like. If not, I will give up on following the weather at the level I have enjoyed. One last comment - software changes usually are based on what the used wants. Never saw any requests for user input. The new site has the flavor of weather professionals and computer types, not more average users.
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Quoting Tazmanian:
i think you guys are being awful. with all the rude commets you are makeing if you dont like the new look then go back too the old one they work 2 years or more on this and they did a find job on it i would like too see one thing added too this and that is too make it too where you can connet too your facebook evere site this about have it too where you can blog with your facebook name i like too see some in added too this site



Do you know what periods are?
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The new look is great on the eyes, but the WunderMap is now too small.
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While I appreciate the marginally quicker loading times, whether a page takes 1.6 or 2.1 seconds to load doesn't always matter to an individual user.

However, compound this decrease in bandwidth across the total amount of WU users using the site everyday... now it becomes clear from a web developer point of view what such a change means in terms of server efficiency.

While I understand why these changes were made, WU needs to realize that ultimately the user experience will be driven by a combination of content and accessibility (which is in part speed, but probably more user-interface).

You have the content, that is clear. But if it is difficult to access, then who cares? PLEASE reset the default page view to the classic edition and take this new layout back to beta testing. You have obviously made quite a few people very upset.
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hate it hate it hate it! there is a "classic view" button. but no permanent setting for it. so i have to hunt for it everytime. hate this new look!!!!!
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the Favorites is still here its up where your Favorites citys are it would be the bule link
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622. dkb
This is the culmination of 2 years of development and planning with the goal to improve the user interface and make it even easier for our users to quickly surface the weather data that they are looking for.
You can not even see all your favorites now. Isn't that the entire reason for having "favorites" so that you can easily access them?
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The more I play the more I am getting used to it.
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developers dont do any thing keep the site where it is if they dont like the new site then they can go back too the old site or they can leve
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Quoting h286hacker:
How do I go back to the classic and stay that way. I really miss my favorites along the left hand side, so I could see the weather in the places that I am interested. With the old, everything was right there.




if you guys want the old site back then go too your home town weather page then you see a link that will put the site back to where it was


Link
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I think the designers and developers have done a nice job with the new layout. No complaints here. Please keep up the good work.
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go to the classic link and save it to book marks
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Change is difficult, isn't it folks? For all you curmudgeons, many of whom obviously think that using a blog entitles you to rudeness, insensitivity and overall bad behavior - good riddance, and take your unconstructive feedback with you. For the folks at wunderground who obviously thought long and hard about this AND took the time to understand actual user needs, KUDOS. I love the new site. It's clean and lean, efficient to use and overall is a better experience than the previous site. Did it take me by surprise? Did it take a little getting used to? Of course! But in the end you have a wonderful new look and feel, and I personally thank you for it.
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How do I go back to the classic and stay that way. I really miss my favorites along the left hand side, so I could see the weather in the places that I am interested. With the old, everything was right there.
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What a mess!! I had this site marked as my weather favorite, and then some genius had to monkey with the design. Please change it back.
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Wunderground Challenges Weather.com With Relaunch

Douglas Quenqua | February 2, 2011 | 0 comments


When it comes to getting weather information online, most people want to get in and out as quickly as possible. That's one reason that Weather.com, with its simple URL and association with The Weather Channel, is the undisputed leader in weather sites. In December 2010, Weather.com attracted 44 million unique visitors in the U.S., placing it among the top 25 Web destinations overall, according to comScore.

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I rarely post but I'm a long-time paid subscriber to the site. I just read a lot of the comments but don't have the stamina to read them all.

I was startled at the change but set about trying to find the information I wanted and it's still there, just not where I'm used to finding it. That's OK with me - in the process of looking around I found a lot of interesting information I didn't know was on the site. It may have always been there but I'd gotten so used to the old site that I overlooked it. Sometimes change is good.

I'm learning to use the new site and overall I like it. Nothing here has ruined my day and I"m curious to see what else is lurking here.
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I'm not at all pleased with the new website. Not just the design, but doing anything with the photo galleries in a large pain! Votes are not recorded unless the page is refreshed more than once and often up to 5 times. Some comments never post. Sometimes after registering a vote, the photo you just rated disappears. Sometimes when you leave a comment and click Post Comment, the photo disappears and it says no comments have been posted be the first to post a comment (or something like that). Just a lot of glitches with the new website. The layout is not better than the classic, either. A lot of it is not laid out logically or aesthetically.
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This is a classic case of programmers thinking that the whole world bows down to their so-called efforts.

At work, I once noticed and pointed out major errors in the vacation schedule that had been published. All I got was a long song and dance about how much work it was to develop and implement!

I don't care if it took a million man hours to develop, if it is not better, it is WORSE!

I agree with the many dissenters, please put your new nonsense up as a Beta Version that can be evaluated by the CUSTOMERS.

I would just like if the re-directions to other pages would be ELIMINATED. If I want to go to another page I will chose to do so myself.
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You really ruined a great weather site.
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In life the only constant is change. I like it. Cleaner look, easy to navigate, and still great data. Thank you
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I had the weather website set up just the way I wanted it. It has been especially useful before going on a trip. I have spent time tweaking it for the information I wanted. Now it is suddenly UNUSABLE!!! Without any warning!!! I'll have to find another website to try and replace it. I tried the "classic" version, but it was something very different than I'd been using. UNUSABLE!!! I guess I won't be back.
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i think you guys are being awful. with all the rude commets you are makeing if you dont like the new look then go back too the old one they work 2 years or more on this and they did a find job on it i would like too see one thing added too this and that is too make it too where you can connet too your facebook evere site this about have it too where you can blog with your facebook name i like too see some in added too this site
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