May 31, 2009

What's changed on Cricinfo

A quick guide to the renewed, revamped site, which will, we hope, enhance your experience as a user
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So what should I say? Welcome to the new Cricinfo? But that will be a misrepresentation. In most ways it is still the site we have all known, and as many of you have pointed out in response to my earlier piece, why do we need a new Cricinfo? Let me repeat a word that I used in the other piece: this is Cricinfo renewed. It's a step, a significant one, forward.

Change is often unsettling. We trust the old ways because there is evidence that they work, and there is no evidence yet that the new ones will. We are already feeling wistful about the old site, so we know how some of you feel. As Nietzsche said, love is more afraid of change than destruction. But to that, let's add this one from the Buddha: Everything changes; without change, nothing remains.

Change for the sake of change is indulgence, but mostly, it is the only thing inevitable in life. Finally, success and failure, happiness and misery, come down to how we manage change. We derive our confidence about this redesign from one central truth: our singular focus throughout this process has been to enhance your experience of the site.

Take a look the homepage. The most important thing about it is that it is a celebration of content. There is more of it, and it is organised better. Earlier, we had all our editorial content stacked up in a single central panel. The structure gave us no other options. As we kept adding new features and sections, they kept piling up, the page grew longer, and there came a point when we could add no more.

The starting point of this redesign was the navigation. In some ways, the left-hand navigation bar was easy for us to manage: we could do pretty much anything with it. All we had to do was to add a new item to the menu whenever we needed to. But it was sub-optimal from the usability point of view; you needed to scroll to see it in its entirety. And, equally importantly, it ate up vital homepage space. By moving it to the top, we have achieved two of our prime objectives. We have given you a cleaner, more logical and intuitive navigation. And we have freed up space to showcase content.

On the face of it, the navigation is smaller. But it packs in much more. The hierarchical design contains a second, and sometimes a third, level that takes you deeper into the site with a single click. For regular users who have their preferred sections, it's a great tool. For example, if you like the My Favourite Cricket Story, point your mouse at Features, go down to The Short Stuff, and then click on My Favourite Cricket story.

To help further, we have added a Quick Links strip, just below the navigation, to highlight the major current events in cricket.

Below it, the content is organised in a richer yet simpler fashion. The big stories of the day take centre stage, in a distinctive panel that also houses the video player. Concerns that the video player might slow the site down are unfounded, because the video starts playing only when you click on the relevant tab. The space vacated by the navigation is taken up by a wider lead photograph, which enhances the visual appeal of the page.

The other news headlines are directly below the main stories, and there are now more of those: nine as opposed to four. At the bottom of the news panel, we have links to In Focus, a section that aggregates content on a topical big issue. On the menu today is the row over the hosting of the 2011 World Cup.

All our features content - Cricinfo Magazine, audio, and Page 2 - are now showcased together in the Specials panel, with little icons next to the headlines marking out the sections. The panel is split in the middle by three of the daily favourites: Quote Unquote, The Surfer and All Today's Yesterdays.

Our writers give Cricinfo a distinct voice and there a small panel below Specials to give you direct access to them. The blogs bring up the base in this column.

The new homepage is also an opportunity to give prominent positions to some of our most visited sections: statistics and photographs. We now have a homepage for statistics, where you will find all the records, columns and blogs (The Numbers Game, Ask Steven, The List, It Figures) and features relating to statistics, in addition to graphs and helpful links from Statsguru, a cult in its own. You can send in your Statsguru queries to be featured here as well.

But the most important, and for me the most exciting feature, of the homepage is the scorecard module. Live match coverage is the soul of Cricinfo and the small scores module in the top right corner had never quite felt right. Now it has been given its rightful place in the wider format. But more than the size, it's the way the scores module works that hooks me.

To start with, you can now see the live scores, and match situations, upfront. Scorecards are neatly organised by category: you will always find live matches involving international teams on top. The domestic tournaments are grouped together by country, and a collapse-expand option allows you to access as much or as little information as you like. Results and Fixtures are now part of this panel and thus accessible directly from the homepage.

Of course, the redesign doesn't stop at the homepage.

The scorecard page remains light, but it is significantly enhanced. It's cleaner, aesthetically more pleasant, and most of all, it incorporates everything else you might want to read about the match: reports, comments, news, quotes, all organised by the day. You can even see the match photographs on this page the moment they are uploaded. And for the coolest feature, click on the "+" icon next to the batsman's name.

The fixtures and result pages are more user-friendly. You can now filter them by country, competition, and game format. And don't miss the weather forecasts that are now part of the page (and the scorecards). All sections now have a local search and the story pages now have contextual links with the text area. I could go on and on, but it is perhaps best that you explored the site yourself.

Of course, a lot more is still to be done. The blogs are still in the old template. A more powerful search is being built. And your comments will find a more prominent place on the site. And though we have tried our best to eliminate all the major bugs, it is likely that you will encounter a few glitches, and we hope you will tell us about them.

Some of you who happen to be rugby fans may have noticed a similarity to scrum.com, and that's because our sister site, which was relaunched in 2008, adopted some of the early design ideas. Cricinfo is a much larger site, and we have refined and sharpened those ideas further.

It's a huge day in the life of Cricinfo. We have seen this taking shape over the months, page by page, section by section. There is joy and relief that it has now sprung to life. There is a sense of fulfillment too, and it's a privilege to share it with you.

In the end it's about you. Your passion and faith runs Cricinfo. What we have tried to do through this exercise is to be worthy of it. Cricinfo has evolved, but the soul of the site remain intact. Some things must never change.

Sambit Bal is the editor of Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • jayray999 on June 2, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    What the Buddha said on the subject of change would suddenly seem like a truism if you were compelled to change the website all over again. And perhaps what Nietzsche said in Aphorism 483 of Menschliches, Allzumenschliches I is more applicable. Since you are familiar with his work, I am sure you know which one I mean.

  • tatendataona on June 2, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    The american englsh freaks me out! its a far cry from the reality of cricket's relm "SPORTS CENTRE" would sound much better and more crickety.

  • tatendataona on June 2, 2009, 20:12 GMT

    The new cricinfo doesnt take into account the one feature the old site was best of. Millions of low bandwidth visitors from Africa and Asia have been prejudiced of a reliable site that is fll of heavy graphics and script that doesnt load easily. If cricinfo are a wise bunch, they could run the old site as a low graphics alternative much like what the BBC does with their sports site.

    Foor for thoughts

  • Cobwebs on June 2, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    This might be an ESPN test to prove to us how much we take our beloved website for granted. I loved the old Cricinfo! It was so clean and polished... What happened?! D: But good job, though :) But for change-haters like me, please provide a link for the old website, if it isn't too much to ask.

  • rizwan2008 on June 2, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    I loved the old-cricinfo very much specially the scorecard.However things are sometimes meant to be changed. The new one is cool as well.

  • AncientAstronaut on June 2, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    Click this URL to continue using the old website: http://static.cricinfo.com/homepage/index99.html

    It works for now, but not sure if they'll keep it running in the future. The new site, unfortunately, is too different for me. It's not as exciting as Sambit wants us to believe it is. It lacks something that I can't put my finger on. One thing I know is that the black box in the middle is huge turn off. I'll continue using the old design as long as it's available.

  • uglyhunK on June 2, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Dude drinks.break, even I use firefox n I don't have any issues with the new site. It's working like a charm n for ur info...I in fact compared the response times of the both the design and n there is nothing to significant.

  • drinks.break on June 2, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    For me, the aesthetics of the new design are neither here nor there - it can look like a .txt file for all I care, as long as I can quickly and easily get to the information I want. But that's the problem - my browser of choice is Firefox, but here this new site is SO SLOW!!! Every time I open a new page it takes up to 30 seconds to load, and my whole browser freezes while it does so, so I can't read other tabs while waiting for the new ones to open. On IE it's fine, but I prefer Firefox. If you can't fix this, I'll have to get my cricket news and info from elsewhere.

  • Doug42 on June 2, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Please sort out the fonts and color scheme atleast ,eliminating the horrendous eyesore colorscheme, please revert to the original font/colors.

  • bizysiby on June 2, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    I shall take some time to absorb the new site. however one glaring 'look n feel' stuff that shd be looked into is the 1 inch header space which does nothing, except that it pushes the content and adds and extra inch of vertical scrolling.

  • jayray999 on June 2, 2009, 20:59 GMT

    What the Buddha said on the subject of change would suddenly seem like a truism if you were compelled to change the website all over again. And perhaps what Nietzsche said in Aphorism 483 of Menschliches, Allzumenschliches I is more applicable. Since you are familiar with his work, I am sure you know which one I mean.

  • tatendataona on June 2, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    The american englsh freaks me out! its a far cry from the reality of cricket's relm "SPORTS CENTRE" would sound much better and more crickety.

  • tatendataona on June 2, 2009, 20:12 GMT

    The new cricinfo doesnt take into account the one feature the old site was best of. Millions of low bandwidth visitors from Africa and Asia have been prejudiced of a reliable site that is fll of heavy graphics and script that doesnt load easily. If cricinfo are a wise bunch, they could run the old site as a low graphics alternative much like what the BBC does with their sports site.

    Foor for thoughts

  • Cobwebs on June 2, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    This might be an ESPN test to prove to us how much we take our beloved website for granted. I loved the old Cricinfo! It was so clean and polished... What happened?! D: But good job, though :) But for change-haters like me, please provide a link for the old website, if it isn't too much to ask.

  • rizwan2008 on June 2, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    I loved the old-cricinfo very much specially the scorecard.However things are sometimes meant to be changed. The new one is cool as well.

  • AncientAstronaut on June 2, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    Click this URL to continue using the old website: http://static.cricinfo.com/homepage/index99.html

    It works for now, but not sure if they'll keep it running in the future. The new site, unfortunately, is too different for me. It's not as exciting as Sambit wants us to believe it is. It lacks something that I can't put my finger on. One thing I know is that the black box in the middle is huge turn off. I'll continue using the old design as long as it's available.

  • uglyhunK on June 2, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Dude drinks.break, even I use firefox n I don't have any issues with the new site. It's working like a charm n for ur info...I in fact compared the response times of the both the design and n there is nothing to significant.

  • drinks.break on June 2, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    For me, the aesthetics of the new design are neither here nor there - it can look like a .txt file for all I care, as long as I can quickly and easily get to the information I want. But that's the problem - my browser of choice is Firefox, but here this new site is SO SLOW!!! Every time I open a new page it takes up to 30 seconds to load, and my whole browser freezes while it does so, so I can't read other tabs while waiting for the new ones to open. On IE it's fine, but I prefer Firefox. If you can't fix this, I'll have to get my cricket news and info from elsewhere.

  • Doug42 on June 2, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Please sort out the fonts and color scheme atleast ,eliminating the horrendous eyesore colorscheme, please revert to the original font/colors.

  • bizysiby on June 2, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    I shall take some time to absorb the new site. however one glaring 'look n feel' stuff that shd be looked into is the 1 inch header space which does nothing, except that it pushes the content and adds and extra inch of vertical scrolling.

  • Priyam-Sanjeev on June 2, 2009, 12:42 GMT

    Guys! its time we started accepting it. These guys won't revert the change. They no we have no other option because they are miles ahead of their competitors.. I hope they realise how important the user who opens cricinfo.com in the near future..

  • cricricri on June 2, 2009, 12:34 GMT

    In my earlier comment, I meant to say "I think most of your changes are ok"... :-)

  • Prats6 on June 2, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    I agree with Sambit's comment about change being unsettling but inevitable. But there are issues as one reader has pointed out, scorecards of both sides dont get displayed together. The site has become cramped and it is a drag in finding things. '

    Yes we will get used to it no doubt but why change a model which worked so well for you ? There could have been minor modifications but such a huge revamp was surely unnecessary. Thankfully you are not run like say the IPL or BCCI though, you at least value your readers, whose homepage is set to this page !

  • nish075 on June 2, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    I like the new look. However, as many have pointed out, i'm not totally impressed with the scorecard, which has been changed without any useful improvements. I would love to see the powerplays highlighted in some way, and the use of a different color for 4s, 6s and dismissals.

  • csango on June 2, 2009, 3:12 GMT

    ESPN; You screwed up the best cricket site ! You cann't have such a fat, slothy and crapmped site, the earlier one was slick and fast No unnecessary pictures and heavily laden stuff The ongoing match access was so easy. the download even on dial up was so swift Please revert back to old version, you can put ESPN logo on each page to make urself happy of having bought this site, but don't make us unhappy

  • rahulbhagchandani on June 2, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    d pic viewing column had to have one change, a next/previous button when u get to view a pic......so dat makes it easier if u wanna browse through all d pics at one go.....going back and forth again and again makes it annoying.....

  • cricricri on June 1, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    Thanks for adding substance to this editorial comment (the lack of which I criticised on while commenting on your previous note.) 'We' are not against change. It is a strawman argument. (If that is the case, we would be still reading stuff on paper instead of the internet, for example.) The problem is change for the sake of it without providing any additional value nor improvement (and sometimes for the worse).

    That said, I don't think most of your changes ok (though I haven't spent a whole lot of time on the site since the changes yet.) Couple of quick things you should change. The dark background, as many others point out, is not work-friendly. In other words (or in words that the management would understand), you are _discouraging_ people from accessing your site while at work which means fewer visits to your site and less clicks on ads. Also, the full scoreboard should have another tab to show the entire scorecard (i.e., the scorecards of both sides or all innings).

  • Nemo2011 on June 1, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    I think..the new site is much much better since it provides possibilities of exploring much more options easily. ...just need a bit time to get used to it guys!!

  • ksmani on June 1, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    in this http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/match/fixtures/index.html page, please give a "user login" based time, other than the local time. Means, the user should be either be able to view as a GMT or the user's local time (for me it is Pacific Daylight Time or Pacific Standard Time as in San Francisco). Otherwise, people like me will have keep converting time always, to figure out when the match is starting !! So also, near the refresh button in summary tab.

  • nimesh.modi on June 1, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    suggestion on score card page 1. Earlier only 4 n 6 runs were runs in Bold font now all runs(1,2,4 etc..) are in bold...which does not differentiate 4 n 6 from other runs 2. I dont like blueish background color...grayiesh background was best.. i think you guys are trying to use the format from cricbuzz.com but trust me..that's not good idea...cricinfo is loved by billions the was it was.. f you can append above suggestion that could hurt less...

  • Clean_hitter on June 1, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    The site's ok, but the tabs in the full scorecards are a bad idea, because when you scroll down, there's a blank grey space, rather just return the scorecards to being one piece instead of two divided parts.

  • nimesh.modi on June 1, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    Please revert back to old site...new site is disturbing.. I understand it is business decision but please keep provision to switch back to old look as well...It's my humble request

  • Eezee on June 1, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    I like the new look, navigation is nicer with a refresh score button. On the commentary section, it would be nice if the "Powerplay Overs" are highlighted in a different color.

  • Eezee on June 1, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    I like the new look, navigation is nicer with a refresh score button. On the commentary section, it would be nice if the "Powerplay Overs" are highlighted in a different color.

  • Big_Chikka on June 1, 2009, 16:11 GMT

    I have no doubt we will get used to it. Though I have to be honest the old design had more comfortable feel to it. This user interface seems all too like the media TV company user interfaces we see. No surprises there, ESPN right on top. Why do I even bother making these comments. Cheers.

  • donovancarragher on June 1, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    I have experience of how tough it is updating a website and I think you guys have done well. My one concern is that the colours on the homepage might need a rethink. I don't like the black for news and there is too much blue beneath that - the section heads don't really jump out at me.

  • myekkala99 on June 1, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    old look was unique. new look is no different to any website out there. please revert back to old one if possible.

  • Ironman05 on June 1, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    Looks OK, but I like the older look better. Can you provide an option to switch to old look?

  • ArvindKaranth on June 1, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    New design looks terrific!! I love the extra content...

  • Iluvcric on June 1, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Mucho Mucho website. it's awesome except two. One is photo gallery portion. I have expected to see the a navigation bar for photos in full screen mode to go forward and backward. Second one is live score card summary is not as good as classic one. It's not question of getting used to eyes. But the font and clear demarcation between over with gray boxes is clear indication of one over.

    Once again big BRAVOS for the new web team.

  • anilkp on June 1, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    I am sorry Sambit, I am sad. My long-loved website is extinct now. I like nothing here: the font, the style, the black-background, and worst, the style of running commentary (as of the ongoing Aus-Ban warm-up). I request your team reverts back, but I am almost certain--with disappointment--that we conservatives will have to get used to your extravagance.

  • dacrucifiers on June 1, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    Hi Sambit, The team has done a great job with the new website ! Very intuitive, clean and user friendly interface. Well done. I suppose the only thing that seems to be left unchanged is the photo gallery in which the user when opens an image, has to navigate back to the original page to view the next image. No option to scroll through images in full photo mode as yet ?

  • BillyBoy on June 1, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    i thought i had opened a different website...but it does look superb...although it will take some time to get used to it after the classic interface but i love the new features and the look of the new site...

    good work guys

  • CricketPissek on June 1, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    liking the new site... very good indeed. but some people may find it cluttered (i for one, dont. i read most of the content sooner or later so it's good to have it handy). What i would LOVE to have is a "MY CRICINFO" sort of page. A Customised one (like iGoogle) where i can stick feeds/stories/etc that "I" read. That's your next project.. Go! ;)

  • Mazharul on June 1, 2009, 13:59 GMT

    Severala new options added. that's good. But color combination is not good. It should be simple for the eyes just like before. Specially black color is disgusting.

  • Mycolour on June 1, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    Today morning when i clicked cricinfo.com in my Chrome, i was shocked and was not able to digest the fact that the best website is gone :( ...but once calm down i started looking at the new page and found it good and much more informative. And after reading this article i have fully digested the fact that the Cricinfo is same but with the new look. In my opinion this page is good, a big improvement from last one. Keep the good work continue.

    Only one complaint change the font, not user friendly.

  • azaro on June 1, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Navigation is way better. Drop down menus are perfect once you get the hang of them! Flash is slowing the site down though! Must agree with the anti-black group, it is very irritating to the eye when you are on the page for a while. Times on LIVE pages also need to be there - way we figure out when to sleep!! First impressions are good...I guess we are stuck with the Imperialistc ESPN logo <sigh> Everything come at a heavy price!

  • RomanAbramovich on June 1, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    Congrats on the new look. Would really appreciate if you provide a link to go back to old look.

  • Saim93 on June 1, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    Good good!Normally whenever sites change, their new look isnt as good as the old one, but criccinfo really impressed me with this. Good work, im loving it!

  • Jaycamer on June 1, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    As someone who visits the site everyday..upto 4-5 times a day even when matches aren't in progress...i love the new look..still haven't followed any live matches on the new platform..but scorecard looks appreciably better...the only suggestion i'd like to make at this point is to have a regular "IPL page 2" kind of feature...loved the wackstats,polls, CV's and blogs there...

    PS does this now mean we have to call this site ESPN cricinfo...?? feels a little funny dunnit?

  • Anandjain on June 1, 2009, 12:26 GMT

    Good Going

    I belive Change is always for the better. Lets hope that this makes this site faster

  • samuel69 on June 1, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    Honestly, the new site layout stinks, I am used to browse cricinfo at least 5 times daily for the last 4 years..the new one is really irritating for the eyes with the black back drop, pls bring the old layout.

  • drsharif35 on June 1, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    hi s bal,renewed cricinfo is looking good but I am feeling sorry for previous so long known page. plz add current time bar at live score page. thanks.

  • pragmatist on June 1, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    I love the new look - it's everything Cricinfo should have been but wasn't. More clean and uncluttered before. Scores in the top right. Fewer ads. Proper places for the various bits of content. Nice.

  • Supra03 on June 1, 2009, 11:48 GMT

    Congrats on the new site! love it! I still have one complain though. It is about the photo gallery. If you are looking at the full size picture and then want to see the next one you have to go back to the original gallery and then click on the next image. Why not add a next button below the full size image? I'm sure it will help millions of fans.

  • tiggywinkle on June 1, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    Overall, not bad -- but I agree with ankilien about the black hole. It does tend to draw the eye away from everything else. Maybe grey? Or the cricinfo blue we all know and love?

  • ItsHari on June 1, 2009, 11:34 GMT

    I'm loving it :). Sambit, I always wonder how many books you must have read.

  • KiQass on June 1, 2009, 11:31 GMT

    the site looks cool..would take a bit of gettin used to, but we'll manage...the scorecards not that great tho..the old 1 showed play timings along with local n GMT times..i cant find that info on this new scorecard..is it still there?.

  • shreyginoria on June 1, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    Hi Sambit, great job done! Both the form and the functionality of the site have increased appreciably. One observation which I would like to share is, the segregation of content on homepage like Special, News, Photos, Blogs, Statistics etc. is very thoughtful. But iif possible, the user could have been given the flexibility to reorder the blocks in a configuration which he finds most suitable for himself. For e.g. I might want the Blogs section to be placed above the Specials and the Columns which the current site doesn't allow. This is pretty much in line with the revamped BBC site. Have a look at that if you can.

    -- Shrey

  • jammyfan on June 1, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    Please bring back the old font type... This new font is not as convenient to read as the old one...

  • blackbuckwarlockers on June 1, 2009, 10:11 GMT

    congrats on the change, but i feel some things in life should not change so drastically, i will still go with the old classy look of this website, it will always stand out and shine no matter any changes which come s across it.

    vvs laxman cant excel in t20, but he s amazing in test's. i want to compare it on such a level. hope to revert back or atleast have an option for the users to revert back if they want to.

  • sekhar.yeddanapudi on June 1, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    Site looks great! A web 2.0 kind of a site. Good work. I really like the scorecards list on the home page. It gives you a quick glance. I found the site load a bit slow compared to the old one. I am sure it will get better soon

  • AnveshReddy403 on June 1, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    nice cricinfo... Thats great

  • Agnihothra on June 1, 2009, 8:43 GMT

    All Today's Yesterdays doesn't seem to work - no content. msb27 you are not alone...

  • BigMuggle on June 1, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    Nice work Cricinfo...when I first heard the layout was going to change, I feared the worst (courtesy of Facebook's horrible redesigns)...but you pulled it off quite brilliantly!

  • Shri99 on June 1, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    Everything needs change once in a while ! The site is good...all info handy, BUT looks cluttered- too much info on the page! needs a little more refinement in the content placement perhaps?

  • Praks on June 1, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    There is a lot of screen real-estate wasted on both the left and right side. I wish you could have made better use of that and reduced the length of the page.

  • ankilien on June 1, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    Everything looks clean except for that black featured area, i would have prefered a bit mellowed down colour for that...it just eats everything around it....A more restrained colour could have gelled better....anyways...change is refreshing..best of luck

  • hhvivek on June 1, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    The new look is cool.. The black one on the main page is more eye catching and attractive.. Plus the scorecards are awesome.. Cricinfo just rocks.. :) :)

  • scrabbler on June 1, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    I miss the old look (one of the first things I used to see every morning for the last couple of years!) but yes, I think I could get to like this one too! Very aesthetic, and at first glance it seems likely to have ease of navigation too, couldn't ask for more. All the best Cricinfo :)

    ~lakesidey

  • Somarouthu on June 1, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Site look brilliant! Being a user, it will take a while to adopt to the changes made.

  • msb27 on June 1, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    All Today's Yesterdays doesn't seem to work - all I get is the calendar at the top and no content. Is it me, or is this a glitch?

  • RaghuNathan on June 1, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    The new look of cricinfo is great. I like the overall design. But one thing i want to make a note is that, pictures are loading quite slowly compared to the old design. Fix that please!!!!

  • vagz on June 1, 2009, 5:31 GMT

    Kudos cricinfo team. It requires some great effort and gut to change a traditional and very-much-used-to template. The first impression, its a feel good change. I hope every user will get used to it, sooner than later.

  • cricnerd on June 1, 2009, 5:28 GMT

    The best thing is that you can see the complete scorecard, commentary, and statistics without having to change pages while having the live score.

  • simon_w on June 1, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    Yeah, it's growing on me, think it's an improvement. Just two things:

    1) at the top of my screen is says "Welcome null", despite my being logged in and appearing to have completed all the fields in my profile. It's not that important (hell, I've been called worse!), but it seems there's a variable out of scope somewhere. Should be an easy fix.

    2) I also don't like the black background for the main content block.

    I'm a daily visitor, so I'm glad the 'renewing' process hasn't wrecked the joint, as is by no means beyond the bounds of possibility with such things :)

    Cheers!

  • c.p.venkatesh on June 1, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    i wish the cricinfo team . that its viewers accept this change,i hope that this change was done with the inputs of some users, it was freshnig to see the site change, but as i was addicted to cricinfo , i hope this change increases my addiction to this great site . keep rocking.

  • abhijithsimha on June 1, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    the score card options are pretty cool, always wanted some thing like it, hope it remains light and reloads faster...

  • dave_thrashmetal on June 1, 2009, 4:57 GMT

    I miss the previous cricinfo look :((((((((((((((((((((

  • Naseer on June 1, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    I always felt there was strong need for redesigning the website, I have been the regular follower of the site since 4 years, this is very good move, the site is more flexible, easily accessible and more importantly speed and performance is outstanding, it is not like other flashy websites like wwe. or others. I believe we should approach latest positive changes that make the life easier for every one. just enjoy it and dont bother traditional criticism.

  • Mickee on June 1, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    To top it, they had to show a picture of Lords with that futuristic shell media center, driving home the point that change is inevitable !?! black background - indeed the traditionalists are mourning...

  • sdb8 on June 1, 2009, 4:33 GMT

    One major issue is that in tournament home pages such as this - http://content.cricinfo.com/ci/content/series/61124.html - there's no way to access a page for statistics just for that tournament (as there was on the older version). Can that be fixed? Can you also add back the feature to read all news articles/view photos pertaining to a specific tournament?

  • Team1Pakistan on June 1, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    I think new look of cricinfo is gud.I like black color at headlines coloumn. Overall its gud than before. Marks: 78 out of 100

  • nsid983 on June 1, 2009, 4:21 GMT

    Cricinfo is brilliant. Thanks for bringing this website to us. Cheers.

  • Aditya-Krishnan on June 1, 2009, 4:18 GMT

    I wish the main central section wasn't so in your face with a black background. I prefer the nice cool-blue that Cricinfo normally uses. Is it possible to allows registered readers to set their preference for this background?

  • Udendra on June 1, 2009, 3:55 GMT

    i think the 'ESPN' part in the logo is too prominent.

  • deep123 on June 1, 2009, 3:48 GMT

    My first thought after looking the new version cricinfo was gud but not great. Any way its changed to give new look. What I liked in the new version is navigation and scoreboards. Performance is better than the old one. Great job...appreciated

  • Mickee on June 1, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    It now has the jazzy 20/20 feel and not the traditional plain whites test match feel...

  • karanparikh on June 1, 2009, 2:55 GMT

    good very goo i like this change easy to use menu style and really like this new look

  • him406 on June 1, 2009, 2:54 GMT

    Hi. i will just say using flex or flash which is the fashion of the day does not make any website much better.instead it makes it slow which has also happen in the case of cricinfo now and therefore become a reason for many users not to use it(like for me now i seldom use espnstar.com).redesigning change could have done without changing the ui interface.take example of Google which is one of the highest hit website of the world and they have still now have preserved their pristine look.really disappointed from the new look i would say.

  • uglyhunK on June 1, 2009, 2:45 GMT

    Forgot to mention the most important thing. Old site was easy to access even on mobile phones(not wap mobiles). New site takes longer and not convenient to be accessed from even smart phones. Hope you resolve this as most times I read articles and blogs on my phone in the bathroom....sure I'm not alone :-)

  • uglyhunK on June 1, 2009, 2:39 GMT

    I'm glad to see rich interface finally...it is just awesome.

    State_of_something: I feel the black window in the middle lifts the whole homepage to a different level.

    Only complaint I have is with the blog section...please integrate that as well into the new design.

  • fakhy on June 1, 2009, 1:45 GMT

    i think the site looks more "funky" and there is a breath of fresh air about it, with the changes in layout and color. i too thought the old site started to look "old" even tho i loved it. of course we need to get used to the new look but what i really like is that it is still user friendly and not too complicated. well done!

  • lk_cricket on June 1, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    I don't feel very comfortable with the new look yet. May be because I was used tot eh old one for some time now. Cricinfo doesn't look the same for me yet. Anyway, before long, I hope I get familiar with the new site as well. Best of luck, Cricinfo!

  • springonion on June 1, 2009, 1:32 GMT

    Seems like quite a standard 'renewal'. Can't really complain as long as the content from the old site remains.

  • Fruho on June 1, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    I really like the new site. It looks classy and smooth, while keeping its original functionality. The ease of navigation is brilliant. Nice job, Cricinfo.

  • elstongunnn on June 1, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    Although I almost naturally hate all change, the new site is actually a refreshing change, the navigation is far better, content is easier to find etc. etc. Clearly, I am a fan.

  • Sai8 on June 1, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    First impression isn't good.. has a cluttered feeling which wasn't there will the old version. And i can't seem to easily look/find the content. But familiarity might help improve my initial dislike.

  • bindasXI on June 1, 2009, 1:00 GMT

    Older version was much better than the new one.I think cricinfo has lost its personal identity having this versiom

  • dyogesh on June 1, 2009, 0:38 GMT

    Though, i was wary of the change, now i feel why did it take you guys so long to do this ? In hindsight, things always appear simpler than they are. The navigation at the top and the scorecard besides are really good. The photograph for sure enhances the visual appeal but the black colour is really an eye-sore. It looks flashy and gawdy as someone as pointed out. Similarity to scrum is an understatement. But similarity or not, this redesigning is good but for the black headlines. One feature that could be nice is for other news, say there could be a one-line summary as in the previous version by clicking on a plus mark or something beside the news.

  • abhijeet80 on June 1, 2009, 0:34 GMT

    Kudos. The site looks great and you only have to flip to the blogs to see how much of an improvement the current navigation structure really is. I also see you've designed for a minimum resolution of 1024x768, unlike the older design for 800x600. In the end, Cricinfo is about the great content, the design is secondary, so keep up the great work in that department too.

  • 998ima on June 1, 2009, 0:00 GMT

    I liked the old version ,this change could have done with keeping the old design and adding the new features underneath, to me it looks bit american(may be just me) , there is a lod saying " If It's Not Broken - Don't Fix It "

  • Atharsiddiqui on May 31, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    just felt a little uneasy with "ESPN" logo next to cricinfo's. seems like an identity has been lost, but ofcourse i hope im wrong.

  • godguru on May 31, 2009, 21:45 GMT

    The older version was much better. yes there will be resistance for change, i think will get used to new site.

  • Shithin on May 31, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    not bad i hope its better than before goodluck cricinfo for this

  • State_of_something on May 31, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Inspite of many requests, the website has been re-designed. But, the black color on the front page looks very flashy and gawdy. It would've been good if the background color is turned back to white.. Everything else seems to be okay..

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  • State_of_something on May 31, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    Inspite of many requests, the website has been re-designed. But, the black color on the front page looks very flashy and gawdy. It would've been good if the background color is turned back to white.. Everything else seems to be okay..

  • Shithin on May 31, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    not bad i hope its better than before goodluck cricinfo for this

  • godguru on May 31, 2009, 21:45 GMT

    The older version was much better. yes there will be resistance for change, i think will get used to new site.

  • Atharsiddiqui on May 31, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    just felt a little uneasy with "ESPN" logo next to cricinfo's. seems like an identity has been lost, but ofcourse i hope im wrong.

  • 998ima on June 1, 2009, 0:00 GMT

    I liked the old version ,this change could have done with keeping the old design and adding the new features underneath, to me it looks bit american(may be just me) , there is a lod saying " If It's Not Broken - Don't Fix It "

  • abhijeet80 on June 1, 2009, 0:34 GMT

    Kudos. The site looks great and you only have to flip to the blogs to see how much of an improvement the current navigation structure really is. I also see you've designed for a minimum resolution of 1024x768, unlike the older design for 800x600. In the end, Cricinfo is about the great content, the design is secondary, so keep up the great work in that department too.

  • dyogesh on June 1, 2009, 0:38 GMT

    Though, i was wary of the change, now i feel why did it take you guys so long to do this ? In hindsight, things always appear simpler than they are. The navigation at the top and the scorecard besides are really good. The photograph for sure enhances the visual appeal but the black colour is really an eye-sore. It looks flashy and gawdy as someone as pointed out. Similarity to scrum is an understatement. But similarity or not, this redesigning is good but for the black headlines. One feature that could be nice is for other news, say there could be a one-line summary as in the previous version by clicking on a plus mark or something beside the news.

  • bindasXI on June 1, 2009, 1:00 GMT

    Older version was much better than the new one.I think cricinfo has lost its personal identity having this versiom

  • Sai8 on June 1, 2009, 1:02 GMT

    First impression isn't good.. has a cluttered feeling which wasn't there will the old version. And i can't seem to easily look/find the content. But familiarity might help improve my initial dislike.

  • elstongunnn on June 1, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    Although I almost naturally hate all change, the new site is actually a refreshing change, the navigation is far better, content is easier to find etc. etc. Clearly, I am a fan.