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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Squidoo Turns 7 & Goes Responsive

Yesterday Squidoo turned 7 (happy birthday Squidoo), to celebrate they revamped their entire website with a responsive layout (much to the upset of lensmasters).

So what is a responsive layout? Responsive layouts automatically adjust to screen size and are becoming increasingly popular due to the increase in mobile web browsing. With a responsive layout your website will look good on the computer and on mobile or tablet devices (learn more here). Squidoo also made a handful of other changes (some of which have already been reverted, thankfully!)

Within the first few hours of the layout change the forums were going crazy (and not about Squidoo turning 7), you can see one such thread here. Needless to say there were alot of unhappy Squids due to the timing of this huge change (during the Christmas sale season) and the maybe not quite ready delivery of the system (it was very buggy going live). People with heavy reliance on HTML and CSS were of course heavily hit by this changes, thankfully I am not one of them. However, I definitely feel for the lensmasters that rely on these codes when creating lenses.

Squidoo quickly jumped on a few of the nagging issues (just like they always do). Squidoo likes changing things on us all the time and while they sometimes go live with a few glitches Squidoo has never failed to iron these out very quickly.

My two biggest issues with the new layout were quickly fixed. My first issue was that text module images had been moved to the left handside, which made all pages feel very one-sided and definitely didn't work with the Amazon Spotlight, they tended to all just blend in. My second issue was the grey 'buy' buttons replacing the bright orange, definitely not as appealing to buyers or easy to see.

So happy birthday Squidoo! Hopefully it isn't the birthday that gets remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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