Posted on March 1, 2012, Mark Burnham Welcome to the New Game Front – Take a Tour
UPDATE [03/01/2012]: The homepage may look a bit wonky on mobile devices currently. We’re working on it.
Dear Game Front readers,
Welcome to the brand new, majestic, beautiful, feature-rich, easier-to-use, soul-crushing and electrifying Game Front.com homepage. Our designers have been hard at work on this beast over the past few months, tinkering and crafting what you see now with elvish efficiency. We’re excited to unveil the new face of Game Front, and this is just the beginning. Read on for an overview of what’s new now, and what’s still to come in 2012.
1. New Feature Section
This is probably what you saw first, and with good reason. It’s massive. We’ve extended the feature unit across the full width of the homepage, increased the number of featurable items and given it a magazine-y look.
2. Better Navigation
Check out the header, those main navigational buttons up there labeled Home, Articles and so forth. Notice there are only four buttons, and not 13 (seriously, we had 13 buttons up there before). It’s simpler, more disciplined and straightforward. We hope this makes it easier for you to get around and find our best stuff. Want articles? Go to articles. Want to drill down into a game hub? Go to games.
It works like a “ticker,” surfacing all your latest comments and forum posts.
You can easily see what folks are chatting about, jump right in there and speak your mind.
Disagree with a review? Want to share your wisdom on Skyrim collectibles? This makes it easy, and it also looks cool.
4. Quick Links to Top PC Gaming Files
We focus heavily on PC gaming at Game Front, and we have one of the largest and most useful collections of gaming files on the planet. Want to see what mods are hot right now? Scroll down to the “Must Have Files” list. Those are the hottest PC gaming files of the week, organized for quick access. We’ll make sure you have all the best patches, maps and mods right there.
5. Top Games Feed
Think of the Top Games Feed like a big marquee on a theater front. Those games listed there represent the top nine games on Game Front’s radar right now, stuff we’re most excited about at present. Each of those game boxes links to what we call a “Game Hub,” a tabbed collection of all news, reviews, walkthroughs and PC gaming files for that particular game, gathered in one spot.
You can also find any of our 9,000+ game hubs by using the search box up at the top of the site–or you can click any of these quick links and get right into a hub we’re paying lots of attention to. For instance, check out our Skyrim hub and browse some of those cheats. We’ve got an insane amount of helpful content in there. Or, head over to our Minecraft hub and peruse some mods.
6. Responsive Design
This…now this is cool. Our designers outdid themselves. It’s best if you try this out to see it in action. If you have the site maximized, drag a corner of your browser window to make the site smaller. See how the site modules move around and snap into place, like magic? That’s “responsive design.” Whether you’re reading Game Front at max resolution on a 24? monitor (which it looks awesome on), or even at 800×600 resolution, it’ll always look good.
7. That’s all great. What’s coming in the future?
Quite a lot, actually. The new homepage is the very beginning of a much larger Game Front redesign, which will extend to every corner of the site. Article pages will get better. “Game hubs” will get way better. We’re building something called a “File Portal,” which will add a whole dedicated landing page for our gaming files. We’re even building a publishing system that will allow users to become authors on the site, and then submit their own game reviews, features and walkthrough tips.
That’s just a preview of what’s in store this year, and we’ll keep you in the loop as we prepare to roll out new stuff.
Anyway, tell us what you think of the new homepage! We hope you dig it. And if you have ideas for ways we can improve the homepage as we go, shoot them over to email@example.com. We’d love to hear your thoughts. This is as much your site as it is ours.
Managing Editor, Game Front.com