By Hervé St-Louis
April 5, 2012 - 10:40
I've been tinkering with ComicBookBin.com for months trying to figure out how to fix our image for our 10th anniversary. I think I finally nailed it. In preceding weeks, I was testing different designs and interfaces but was never pleased. If you visit the Bin often, you may have noticed some pretty chaotic looks that never stayed too long.
I don't work on a test platform. The actual site is the actual testing ground. So sometimes it creates a little havoc when suddenly you visit and the site looks totally different. Or when it changes look right before your eyes.
I'm sorry about that but there's no better way to test these things. I follow Google's lead who will test new widgets and looks on its live site all the time. There's nothing like using a live site to test usability and how visitors react.
Much of it can be done behind closed doors, but for some material, I need a live page. That's funny because in the last few days all the articles in popular culture were the Guinea pigs.
Anyway, these new digs allow The Bin to continue leading user accessibility and comfort in comics sites, not just comics news sites.
If you open ComicBookBin.com on a tablet - any tablet or any smartphone, you'll see that the site adjusts itself to the size of your screen. You can even test it live by resizing the window of your browser if you are on a desktop. Make it very narrow and see magic start.
This way, no matter where you are or what device you use - even on a Playstation, ComicBookBin.com will always look good for you.
We haven't eliminated the mobile site. Actually, I improved it last weekend too. it now has a search capabilities just like the classic site, but it delivers mobile-friendly results. I personally still use the mobile site when I'm on one of my 50 smartphones (I lose track of how many tablets and phones I have, but I test the Bin on each device religiously). It's still a faster way to load The Bin and it really was designed to make reading on small device as easy as possible.
I don't plan on phasing out the mobile site at all, so rest assured. Speaking about mobile, our apps are still being improved and there should be a new release of the iPhone app soon. I'm working on a new Android version and later in the year a Windows Phone 7 release of ComicBookBin.
I'm sure you'll agree that the new ComicBookBin look makes our articles easier to read and really elevates the quality writing this site has always been graced with. I will admit to not linking our previous look much. What the hell was I thinking? I don't know. I'm much more comfortable with the current look.
But our work is not over. Many pages have not be converted yet, so there is still some disruption. But it should be something that will be fixed within a few weeks.
There's still more fine tuning to make sure all articles look good. I'm still tinkering. It's what I do.
Thank you for supporting us for a 10th year!