MakeUseOf Had A MakeOver
Notice anything different about the site? MakeUseOf has undergone some major cosmetic changes and is now looking better than ever. It’s not just great looks — we’ve sped up the page load time and added a bunch of new features we think you’ll really like. Read on to find out what’s new, then voice your opinion in the comments.
Fully Responsive Theme
For years now, the MakeUseOf mobile experience has been rather less than satisfactory — we’ve tried everything from a custom app on a mobile domain, to specialist WordPress plugins and themes . We also fell back to the regular version of the site, hoping for the best — none of it worked well, and that’s why we’ve put responsive design at the heart of this new look.
Now, the theme is fully responsive — that means it will adjust itself to fit accordingly, no matter what your screen size or browser width is. The same theme will look great whether you’re browsing from a 27″ desktop monitor, an iPad, or a mobile device.
Unfortunately, the login screen isn’t compatible yet — it should fit on a tablet, but you may have some difficulty on mobiles. We’re sorry about that, and we’re working on it.
We’ve upped the resolution of featured images on the homepage and articles so that if your device supports high resolution images, you should be seeing some gorgeously crisp photos. This applies to the MacBook Pro, the latest iPads, and any other device with a higher pixel ratio.
Clicking through index pages is just tedious; now you don’t have to. Just scroll down to the bottom, and we’ll automatically load some new posts for you without the added wait of having to load a whole new page. When you find something you like the look of, hold CTRL and click to open the page in a new tab — that way you won’t lose the particular spot you were on the homepage. We have nearly 30,000 posts now, so you’re sure to find something in there of interest to you.
Consider this in “beta” for now (yes, we’re that cool), but we know a lot of you would really like to save your favourite articles for later. Now, you can. Simply share any article on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus while logged in, and it’ll be saved to your account. Your profile will display up to 25 articles at the moment, but we’ll be increasing that soon.
To see what you’ve saved, hover over your avatar in the top right, select Profile, and wait a few seconds while we retrieve all your data — bookmarks, comments, and questions from the site.
Free PDF Guides for All
Tired of that annoying download gate that asks for a password or share-to-unlock mechanism? You’ll pleased to know ALL of our free PDF manuals and cheat sheets are now easy to download as PDF, ePub, or even to purchase direct on Amazon for a minimal fee. In addition, most of the guides can now be read online immediately, without requiring a download.
Find More of What You Like
Enjoyed an article and want to find more from the same category? Just scroll down to the bottom of the page, and we’ll load the latest and most popular posts from that category, right there in your browser without you needing to navigate away.
Want to quickly locate giveaways or trending posts? Scroll down the homepage until you find these red and orange post highlights. They are so easy to spot now aren’t they!
We’ve come a long way since 2006 (see below: that’s how it looked before). For those that have stayed with us, we thank you for your continued support (and for not blocking our ads), and we continue to strive to keep publishing useful tutorial, tips, tricks, and reviews to help you with your Internet adventures. For those of you who are new here — welcome! You should stick around. Our mission has, and always will be, to help you achieve more with your computing devices.
Finally, I’d like to take a moment to thank Namanyay, who joined us a few months ago as a designer and has been working flat out on this redesign. We hope you like it too, but please sound off in the comments with your feedback — good or bad — as well as any bugs you find (we’re only human). For bug reports, be sure to include browser, its version, OS, and if possible a screenshot. Thanks!