Why The New Look For Your WC Patch Homepage?

New design is based on feedback from our users.

We've updated Walnut Creek Patch with a new look and added features that we hope makes the site more reader friendly.

The site update, based on feedback from our users, includes a better-organized navigation bar, an easier-to-read Editor's Picks section featuring the most important news of the day and a Community Feed that combines all the great content Walnut Creek Patch has to offer.

We've added easier-to-find buttons to make it easier for readers to post photos, videos, events and announcements.

Please let us know what you think using the grey vertical "feedback" button at the far right side of the homepage. You can also post comments in the section below this article.

Some highlights of the updated design include a more modular layout, updated typefaces and graphics and a more prominent spot for editors to highlight local events, blogs, announcements, business listings and daily deals.

We hope you like the new look of Walnut Creek Patch.

Paula Miller November 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I know, I know, I'm old and don't like change but this is RIDICULOUS!!! What a surprise to log on this morning and see this jumbled mess. Not a good idea guys to totally revamp what was a very readable page in this manner. You just may lose readers because this opening page is so unattractive and 'busy'.
Terri November 30, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I think it looks very clean and professional. I like having multiple recent stories show up. Is there a way to link directly to the story you're posting on FB, without us having to click through twice?
obiwan November 30, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Who designed this, a high school intern? The big boxes (mostly events that I don't care about) take up way too much space on the home page. When you’re on the home page the navigation bar at the top has “News” highlighted, even though you’re not looking at the news, you’re looking at a jumble of news, events, business profiles and announcement boxes are all intermixed - a cacophony - it's all "noise". When I was browsing (or more like wandering aimlessly around) this site and found this article on the new Patch design, I clicked the login button to post this comment. I was logged in, but also transported to some completely different article about Republicans running against Feinstein. I had to work my way through the jumble to find this article again and post my comment. Thankfully they haven't screwed up the mobile website. Looks like I'll be reading Patch on my iPod Touch from now on. Unfortunately, it's very hard to post comments with the virtual keyboard on that little screen.
michael frederick November 30, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Lance, For me, the value of Patch revolves around being able to read what my neighbors think. I view the reporting as a base line, from which the public often expands with additional information and perspective. That's what I appreciate. Therefore, personally, I liked the old format better because it provided an overview of who was speaking on given topics. It better promoted dialog between residents -- I think this is the key attribute of Patch and should be prominent.
JM Hogan November 30, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Exactly. The comments list was the first thing I would look at. Now it is reduced to a box that is the same size as all the other boxes around it, even though it is a list, buried in a sea of boxes. The list now doesn't even fit the whole title of the article and NONE of the comment. I don't know if it is a problem with my browser, but when I click on "recent comments" at the top of the box, nothing happens. Is there no way now to see a list of comments?
WC-Independent November 30, 2011 at 09:59 PM
The RSS feed is no longer working from my yahoo home page.
Lance Howland (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 03:43 AM
Michael: You and other readers I talked to mentioned this. I agree with your characterization of it -- the reporting is a baseline to launch comments from and see who weighs in with what. We've got some Geeks Who Never See the Sun working on this and they created a more useful, prominent comment box on Thursday. You like? (The redesign is still a work in progress.) -- Lance Howland, Walnut Creek editor
JM Hogan December 02, 2011 at 02:24 PM
While the comments box now seems to show 4 comments and does show a little bit of the comment, is there still no way to see a whole list? You used to be able to scroll down through comments and also click and get a whole page of comments. I don't find that anywhere. Clicking on "Recent Comments" at the top still gives me nothing, even on different browsers.
JM Hogan December 05, 2011 at 12:57 AM
And now the comments box is back to showing only the name of the commenter and the article and none of the comment text at all. I see that this is a trial in certain areas. I hope that you get enough feedback to rethink the redesign.
obiwan December 06, 2011 at 03:00 AM
They haven’t fixed the spin-the-wheel login feature. I never know what page I'll be taken to when I log in. Today I was on the home page when I clicked login. After logging in I was on the "A Fresh Gardening Start for Fall" page. The navigation menu is still broken. Now BLOG POSTS is highlighted no matter what section of the site you’re at. I too, used to go right to the recent comments section of the old website to see what articles were hot topics. Part of that was because articles fell off the homepage too quickly. Now articles stay on the homepage longer but are lost in the jumble. If they don’t fix the jumble, we still need a scrollable recent comments section. It’s still crazy to me that the web developer would want to mix news, blogs, events, and places haphazardly in random boxes on the home page. There should be separate sections for each – maybe with a link at the top or side to take you directly to a specific section. Newspapers have a news section, a business section, a sports section. Google has a web search, an image search, and a news search. Within a section, articles that are new or have received a lot of recent comments should be at the top. I just can’t believe that there are very many customers who just want to randomly peruse the site. We all have our particular areas of interest.
obiwan December 21, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Why is it that they couldn't preserve the vertical format of the comments box, but they CAN have a vertical format advertisement for TIN TIN???


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