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You may have noticed something different about MakeUseOf.

After sticking with our former website design for just over two years, we’ve decided to roll out a new theme that’s hopefully more helpful and easier to navigate. We’ve also incorporated a couple of new features that’s accessible on both the desktop and mobile version.

Here’s what’s new.

Login

Create your own MakeUseOf account by clicking on our new menu button and registering through social media authorization or your email address. With an account, it’ll be easier than ever to receive alerts whenever new articles are published, comment on our articles, keep track of your commenting history, as well as any submitted questions on Answers.

The process is really simple, especially if you sign up using social media.

Bookmarks/Favorite

At MakeUseOf, it’s not uncommon to find useful articles that you might want to read again in the future. Now, with our bookmarks/favorite feature, you may store as many articles as you like in your account. Just click on the bookmark button located at the top of any article to save the post to your personal collection.

You may do the same for interesting questions on Answers.

Subscriptions

In order to alert you of new, highly relevant articles, we’ve introduced notifications that will indicate if new articles have been published in the categories you care about. Say you want to be informed whenever we publish new articles about Windows, just subscribe to the category in your Settings panel (click the menu, then the cog or your profile image), and you’ll see a bubble indicating new articles to be read.

Now go ahead and subscribe to as many categories as you like, and stay in the loop.

Print

Our new print stylesheet makes it really simple to print our articles as PDF documents while retaining visible links. Only the main article will be printed and it won’t include our sidebar, saving precious ink. Give it a try!

Answers

Last but certainly not least, submitting a question to Answers is as easy as pie with a MakeUseOf account. Just head over to Answers, click on ‘Ask your question’, fill in the form and hit Submit. Then keep track of every question you’ve ever asked in your account dashboard.

What do you think of the improvements?

As a MakeUseOf reader, your feedback is highly appreciated. Please share your feedback, recommendations, or criticisms in the comments. You will have to register for an account first, but I assure you it’s worth it.

Image Credits: white canvas via Shutterstock

  1. Andy Reti
    July 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Too much scrolling on the site. I would prefer to see the entire issue outlined on the first page, so I can click on the articles I'm interested in and not be bothered by anything else. Some articles requiring clicking to or three times to get to the meat of it. Very old fashioned design.

  2. Nala D.
    June 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

    It's been busy at work and I was really surprised with the layout to the point I thought I was at a wrong site. Anyway, I like the new layout! Very cool and sleek!

  3. Jeff Li
    June 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Is it just me or are the thumbnails in the email newsletter not responsive? Well, it's responsive on mobile but in Chrome on desktop, the thumbnails are humongous.

  4. Josalone Wordsworth
    June 6, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Its a big improvement. I love it. Good work. Am sure the bug that are reported would be resolved as time go by.
    But please we all know its powered by WP so at least you could have hidden the giant W logo when setting up your password,
    Thanks

  5. fcd76218
    June 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    The Comments section is confusing. The comments are displayed in descending date order but any replies to the comments are displayed in an ascending date order. Only the latest 10 posts are displayed. Makes it very hard to follow the discussion. This setup may be OK if there are only few comments and no replies but it get worse the more posts are made. At this point in time, there 29 posts. I had to hit "10 more comments" 2 times before I got to the beginning of the discussion then I had to scroll back to follow it. This will get quite unwieldy when there are a lot of replies to comments.

    Also comments are posted on the bottom of the page but, as soon as they are posted, they go to the top. The only good thing about that is that there is always a comments box available.

    The logon is a positive feature.

  6. Joe Consultant
    June 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Nice, but still needs some work. I've been complaining about printing for a long time and when it works it will be nice. I went to the first article I could find - media file conversion on windows and tried to print (to file). It worked as advertized, but only gave me the first page. Also when I had to sign in to write this comment, I got 3 colored circles with hex codes in them instead of readable options. The more comments link didn't find any until I signed in. I'm using Firefox 38 on Kubuntu 12.04 with lots of backports. (currently working on getting 15.04 running in another partition.)

  7. kunjan patel
    June 5, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I want Whats hot panel at right side which is collapsible as wall....

  8. Youness Abarrou
    June 4, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Beautiful and simple and fast :) <3

  9. Mark “Mr. Marcus” Major
    June 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I used to enjoy getting the articles I wanted by email...has that now become a thing of the past?

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:27 am

      No, we still send out our newsletter roundups twice a week, if that's what you meant. But in the coming weeks, we'll be tying the newsletter system with your account -- so you will be able to customise your own newsletters with the categories you want.

  10. Arpit Kharbanda
    June 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I suppose MakeUseOf Answers now is based on QA Engine with a little tweaking. Right?

  11. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 4, 2015 at 10:57 am

    The new design is good but nowhere near the old one. It has more than dozen bugs, everyday I discover some new bugs. Sometimes it works in 1 browser sometimes it doesn't. Today it has stopped working in Firefox. There is a bug in the top part of the homepage - carousel, I believe that's what its called. The menu and everything else is not working. It's working in 2 browsers - Chrome and Maxthon Nitro but not working in Firefox and IE 11. I thought to try and clear the cache in Firefox but IE gave the proof that problem is on Makeuseof's end. Because of that bug, it became difficult to come to this article. I came here via makeuseof.com/service/announcements, I had that URL in my history. I have already reported a couple of bugs and will continue to do so if I find any more. In this new design there are many features which are obviously good for navigation so overall it's good and bugs are also not a problem because every new thing will initially have bugs. What I dislike about this is the new design compared to the previous one. Previous one was a lot clear and was very smooth. The article layout of the previous design was a million times better than this one. The previous design made use of the full white space available on the left and right but this design looks like having a width of 960px. Homepage, answers and everything else has become worse. Comparing to the previous one, this design is a step backwards.

    • Aibek Esengulov
      June 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Hi Chinmay, Could you please let us know following details about your setup so that we can emulate how the site looks for you. We would like to know, your OS, browser version and screen resolution. Aibek

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      June 4, 2015 at 11:49 am

      OS - Windows 7 32 Bit Browser - Mozilla Firefox 37.0.2, IE 11 Screen Resolution - 1366 X 768

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Hi Chinmay, thanks for your feedback. Over the past few months, we've learnt that design is pretty subjective, but we're working hard to improve every aspect of the site overall. We appreciate your feedback and will strive to continue to provide you with the best browsing experience. I hope you'll stick around for that!

  12. Daniel Escasa
    June 4, 2015 at 6:40 am

    For one, I've lost the ability to use HTML tags to format words, e.g., <strong> and </strong.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Hi Daniel, I'll let our devs know. It could be something they left out intentionally.

  13. fcd76218
    June 3, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    How does one LOG OUT? Or do I just close the tab and hope & pray that MUO severs the connection?

    • Danny Stieben
      June 4, 2015 at 2:51 am

      If you click on the Menu button, there's a logout button directly under your name. You can also see it in the third demo screenshot of this article.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 4, 2015 at 5:38 am

      My Problem Is Exactly The Opposite. --- Whenever I Close The Browser I Have To Login Again, And Again, And Again. --- Cheers.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

      That's really strange. It sounds like the cookie is being blocked. Are you using any privacy extensions?

  14. DonGateley
    June 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I like it a whole lot. The sidebar that slides in and out and the icon to control it (borrowed from mobile apps) is an incredible improvement that many other sites should be looking into. There is a problem with my email notifications however. In my gmail reader they show up three times the width of the window and I must scroll horizontally to see them or read the text. If you can, please make the content adjust to the width of the window.

    • DonGateley
      June 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Oh, and please stop removing blank lines from comments. Run together paragraphs are hard to read.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 4, 2015 at 5:33 am

      I Agree With Your Second Post. --- Cheers.

    • Daniel Escasa
      June 4, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Yup, I want to make my paragraphs short, as short as two sentences, even one. I think it makes online reading easier.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Hi Don, thanks for the praises! We'd love to look into that email issue for you. Could you please send a screenshot to jackson@makeuseof.com? Thanks.

  15. Aibek Esengulov
    June 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I like it! :) looks great on web and mobile

  16. prittman
    June 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Like it. Now I don't have to tell Makeuseof that I speak English, and enter that other stuff.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Yeah, that's great isn't it?

  17. A41202813GMAIL ..
    June 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The New GUI Is A Great Improvement For Those With Slower Machines. --- The New Comments System Is NOT An Improvement, Far From It. --- Cheers.

    • Jackson Chung
      June 5, 2015 at 12:29 am

      We'd love to know why you think so.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

      A . Blank Lines Are Deleted From Comments,
      ---
      B . You Have To Login Again Every Single Time You Close The Browser,
      ---
      C . If You Do Not Login You Can Only See The Last 5 Comments Or So, Because The "Load 10 More" Button Does Not Work Until You Do.
      ---
      Cheers.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Apparently ( A ) Is Resolved.

      Good To Know.

      Cheers.

      • Chinmay Sarupria
        June 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        ( B ) was never a problem. You don't have to login every time in Firefox but I haven't tested in other browsers.

        • A41202813GMAIL ..
          June 6, 2015 at 5:48 am

          Well, I Am Using OPERA15+ And It Happens To Me.

          Cheers.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      June 9, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Another One:

      D - Whenever Someone Replies To Me, I Receive Double ( 2 ) Email Notifications, Instead Of Just 1.

      Cheers.

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        June 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Yet, Another One:

        E - Sometimes After Posting, The Comment Disappears Without Any Explanation.

        Sometimes, The Explanation Exists ( Comment Is Being Moderated ), But Sometimes It Does Not.

        Sending An Explanation For All The Comments Posted, Without Exceptions, Would Be Most Appreciated.

        Cheers.

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