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Every 18 months or so CyclingTips changes enough to warrant a new site layout. Well, we’ve done it again and I thought it’s worth some explanation.
The reason for the layout change is because throughout the past year we’ve been publishing more content than ever. We typically publish 2-3 feature stories per day plus a curated video section. The former layout served us well, but now with our news editor Shane Stokes on board and the integration of news features into the site, things need some level of organisation.
The first thing to reiterate is that we’ll still be publishing the style of features we’ve always done. This is very different than “newsy” style pieces that we’ll be adding and we want a way of separating these, but giving each their own space to breathe.
The new homepage layout is organised in a category layout rather than the previous top-down chronological layout. With so much content being published, this allows you to scan the homepage to see the most recent articles in their various categories without everything getting lost in amongst it all.
As you’ll see, on the homepage you’ll find our Latest Features, Latest News, Race Results, Tech Reviews, a new Women’s section (we’re doing our best to get more on this), Roadtripping, Featured Media, as well as other sections that will come and go depending on the timing (e.g. a Tour de France section perhaps). Again, nothing is really changing; just a new way of arranging content.
We still have work to do, but this covers the first portion of what we’re trying to achieve and you’ll see some minor changes over the next month.
Why we’re now reporting the news?
I still love publishing the unique style of articles we’ve always done, but I feel that we can make the greatest impact on the sport we love and do a service to it by publishing news and good journalism. To create positive change in the sport we all love there needs to questions asked and truths exposed. But we’re not going to be publishing just any old news and pumping out 10 stories per day. In addition to covering the biggest news stories in cycling and adding value wherever we can, we’ll be asking the questions that nobody else is asking. This is what we’ve hired Shane Stokes to do.
Yes, I’m afraid so. The original logo has served us well, but it’s like trying to put a square peg is a round hole sometimes. Also, it’s a rip-off of the Campagnolo font and I never expected it to go much further than being on a Google blogspot account. The new logo is clean, simple and easier to use in various spots (watermarking, kits, etc). That doesn’t mean we’ll be completely ditching the old logo. It’ll still make an appearance from time to time.
If you’re interested, here are some of the original logo ideas back five years ago. A special thank you to my good mate Simon Moody for designing the original CyclingTips logo.
CyclingTips has well and truly grown up into a website versus a blog in where it first started, but our enthusiasm for creating awesome content hasn’t changed. I can’t thank you enough for your support in this journey of a lifetime and I hope you enjoy what we do even more in the future.