You may have noticed TNW with a new look over the last week, well now with a full roll out across the site, it brings me enormous pleasure to introduce you the next iteration of The Next Web. Many of you will remember it wasn’t that long ago we introduced version 2 of TNW, and although we were pleased with it, we didn’t feel it was simple, elegant nor clean enough – which is what TNW 3.0 is all about.
So what’s new:
A new header and top navigation bar that appears on hover making it faster to navigate throughout the network with ease.
New header for each blog. Each blog has a simple clean navigation exclusive to that blog with obvious ways to get back to the blog homepage and dashboard. You’re also now just one click away from sharing a story. You’ll also notice the classy logo changes for each channel – we’re particularly pleased with those.
A revamped minimalist dashboard with just one story with a thumbnail for each widget, should make browsing your favorite areas of TNW much easier. The top black widget now highlights the top stories from the last few hours on the site and there’s a new “Latest Stories” widget which highlights, you guessed it, the latest stories from across TNW (you can subscribe to those by clicking on the icons at the foot of that specific widget).
River of News. Working with Echo we’ve brought the river of news concept to TNW. By clicking on “Stream View” in the toggle on the dashboard homepage you’ll get our top stories in river of news format. It’s pretty basic at the moment and we’ll be developing this further over time, but for now, if you leave that page open, you’ll see posts and comments flow in in close to real time.
Revamped blog homepages with a “top story” for each blog and more stories to browse through too.
Post Pages given a massive clean up. Probably my personal favorite change sees post pages given a much needed clean up with a much greater focus on content. We’ve got a wider content area, new fonts, Facebook and Twitter share buttons above and below the content area, clearly visible options to subscribe just to just that channel and a toolbox of useful tools to share and bookmark the post. The comments area has also been given a clean up – expect big changes there soon.