Today we'll be launching a design update to the CHOW.com homepage. It's been some time since we've updated the page, so we'd like to point out a few new elements.
As we move forward, our goal is to make CHOW much more visual, and expanding the homepage to allow our team to feature more articles, recipes, and posts from the community is the first step. We plan to use the extended real estate to feature some of the great photo stories being created by the community.
While veteran Chowhounds are very familiar with their favorite boards, new users who visit our homepage often don't realize the depth of conversation available. To help point them in the right direction, we've decided to feature the Topical boards in a ranked list by the number of posts. As always, the Home Cooking board's lead is quite impressive.
We've simplified the top nav as follows:
- "Articles" for our staff-created essays and lists.
- "Recipes" with a category dropdown that now includes a link to our video archive.
- "Community" for the Chowhound Community. Never fear, the Chowhound homepage is still labeled as such, but we hope to introduce more new users to the community with a clear label for those unfamiliar with the Chowhound brand.
- "My Boards" for logged-in users only.
We've also added a "New Post" button to allow you to start a new conversation from anywhere on the site. By default, this will open the Discussion form on the Chowhound homepage when clicked.
In addition to the shiny new desktop version, we’ve updated our mobile homepage to match. We’ve simplified the mobile navigation while adding a lot more content to the page.
We’ll surely have a few bugs to address, so please report any issues you see here. Thanks in advance for your feedback.