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Poll: How Would You Like Drinkhacker’s Home Page to Look?

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Quick question for regular readers.

We’ve long put full stories and images on the home page, and I’m concerned that this may just be a bit too much to digest, and that it may be burying content down the page that people would like to see more easily. So I’m taking a poll:

Would you prefer the site to A) stay the way it is or B) change to a new design where the home page provides a digest of many posts (just the first paragraph, perhaps), and you have to click the post title to read more.

Vote here or leave a comment on Facebook, thanks!

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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15 Comments

  1. Sam April 1, 2012

    I read the site on RSS, so I don’t have a preference about what you ask per se. But I hope you’ll keep the RSS feed configured to show the whole article rather than just a “tease”. (I’m not sure whether this is compatible with both of your options A and B.)

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  2. Christopher Null April 1, 2012

    Thanks Sam — I don’t plan on mucking with the RSS either way.

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  3. Kate April 1, 2012

    I’m partial to untruncated reads – option A. It just feels like more of a hassle to have to click through then click back for every article.

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  4. Eric April 1, 2012

    Christopher, this is something you could (and should) test. You could try it one way for a few days and see if your homepage bounce rates improves. You could also live a/b testing using Google Optimizer.

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  5. Ryan April 1, 2012

    I really enjoy the design as is. I also come directly from the RSS.

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  6. John April 1, 2012

    I am with Sam. I very much enjoy the full RSS feeds and wouldn’t want a tease.

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  7. FulfilledDeer April 1, 2012

    I say leave it as is (I don’t deal with RSS). It’s not like the posts are super long anyway, and I find opening a bunch of tabs (which is what I would do if you made it first paragraph only) to be kinda a pain in the ass. But either way, not a huge deal.

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  8. Locke April 2, 2012

    I check the page nearly every day and prefer it just the way it is.

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  9. MW April 2, 2012

    As is. I like being able to scroll through the posts – sometimes I end up reading a post that I’d normally skip if I didn’t see the whole post.

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  10. Jeff April 2, 2012

    Option A

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  11. Matt April 2, 2012

    I much prefer the article presentation as-is. It makes for a much smoother read-through, even when digging through older articles, and allows me to catch parts of articles I otherwise would have skipped past that happen to interest me. So, in short, Option A.

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  12. DJ HawaiianShirt April 3, 2012

    Long-time reader here. I vote option A!

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  13. Ashton April 4, 2012

    Been reading a few years. Option A as well. I check the site every few days, and it’s nice to be able to scroll through and read the new articles in one swoop.

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  14. Andy April 4, 2012

    Option A

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  15. Jim April 5, 2012

    Leave it the way it is please

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