That time has come again, and Shelfari is getting a new facelift. We launched a new design a few minutes ago and we're excited for you to try it out.
We spent a lot of time talking with our members, seeking to understand how they use the site and what appeared to be missing in their experience. In those conversations, we found a very passionate group of members who love Shelfari and regularly use its sharing and expression features. However, in those conversations we noticed that we could do a better job of serving users who simply want to see what is hot at this very moment. Those users want to know what are the most exciting books, members, authors, and groups on Shelfari, and give our members a place they could simply browse and discover. We responded to that request in this redesign.
Tim wrote a very detailed description of what has been updated, and I won’t duplicate that here. Do check it out to see all of the things that have changed. But let me share some of my personal highlights
You will notice right away that tucked up near the new wood grain header is a new top-level navigation. We took all of the personal sections from our last header and placed them neatly in the My Shelfari drop-down menu and on your home page. The new sections—Books, Authors, Members, and Groups—each have their own new discover sections.
The Books section has a new By Subject tab, where you can dive down into books by their genre. On each Subject page (such as Romance), you can see which reviewers are getting the most votes for review in that subject, top reviews for that subject, and the top books.
The Groups section has updated leaderboards, showing what’s hot in our groups.
There is also a lot going on under the hood, which is really worthy of its own post. Suffice it to say that the CSS is completely new, the html is a lot lighter, the site loads a lot faster, and the development team feels refreshed at the opportunity to build on this new platform.
We hope you like it. Please send us your feedback and we’ll do our best to respond quickly.