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  1. Ryan Gudonis

    Sweet, about time, too!

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  2. Brin Wilson

    – and doesn’t it look lovely! My god isn’t that a huge imporvement already?! It’s about time too – can’t wait to see the final version. Superb news! :)

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  3. Jeffr0

    I for one am hoping to see a reorganization of the content that’s on WordPress.org. Too many drop-down and side menus. The menu hierarchy and the content on most pages needs to be revisited. However, the design itself looks refreshing.

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    • David Decker

      Absolutely, that’s about time.

      However, I am wondering about this:
      The makeover of the Plugin Directory is not live yet, and a lot of user feedback was completely ignored. And it’s not only me, a lot of users/ feedback-givers feel, that ignoring such overwhelming was intentionally, for whatever reason(s). In this context, I see a makeover of the .org homepage a bit too early, especially when it’s coming from the same designer and/ or team (?). Let’s hope for the best, but I really have my doubts here.

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  4. Stijn Vogels

    Funny enough this reminds me of the ancient K2-design that followed the classic Kubrick design by Michael Heileman and Chris J. Davis. Is WordPress coming full circle here?

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  5. Matt

    After reading your article Sarah, It made me think it would be a good idea to match the WordPress.org homepage to the current year default theme.

    This would give purpose to the design of the new theme every year and showcase it to new and old WordPressers.

    What are everyone else’s thoughts?

    P. S. I have followed you guys for a while now and this is my first comment. Keep up the great work, I love reading the emails coming in to keep in touch with stuff happening in the community.

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    • sarah

      Thanks for dropping by to comment! I’m not sure the default WordPress theme would serve the purpose as well as a custom design, especially in those years where it is a more blog-oriented theme.

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  6. Benjamin Hansen

    looks good, i hope the map will have some indicators on it otherwise seems superfluous.

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  7. Chris

    That looks amazing, but Recode.net is no longer running WordPress. They were acquired by Vox Media and moved to their proprietary platform, “Chorus”.

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  8. Ahmad Awais

    About time!

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  9. Vishwajeet Kumar

    I am waiting for checking it out on live site. Thanks for the update.

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  10. Ruben DaSilva

    The fixed background, horizontally-panelled, endlessly scrolling website has now become a blight on the internet – it lacks spontaneity or any imagination, invariably comes from a template and has had its day. Credit to those people willing to offer a new design, but please move on !

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  11. John Teague

    I think it’s wonderful that a redesign is in the works. I wonder if a competitive design process or some other means to get different perspectives could mean something extraordinary. Above all, cleaning out and archiving the tons of outdated and confused forum support posts should be the next priority. The old forum structure and content is a mess.

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  12. Andre

    It’s about freakin time.

    Now, if they consider creating a “premium” theme directory (free themes of course) that can compete with the likes of the big theme marketplaces like theme forest, mojo, etc. Yes, I know there’s an existing directory at .org, but to be honest, it horrible beyond belief. The preview, the information made available (or lack of) on the theme details page, no real emphasis on really showcasing the theme and giving the end-user important info upfront.

    But…I digress, the .org front page is definitely a big improvement.

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  13. Joe

    Ouch. Kind of an early 2015 vibe. And truth be said – completely disregards the end-user. Uses every bad cliché in current web “design”. Hate to say it, but WP could learn a few things from Drupal for a change.

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    • John Teague

      Like what? I’m not interested in getting into a apples and oranges discussion on Drupal v. WordPress, but what is it exactly about the admitted alpha iteration of the proposed WP.org redesign leads you to think that Drupal’s nothing special layout offers a single pointer we should learn something from?

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