The new Home Feed

The new Home Feed

Manuel Becker Manuel Becker in News
31.07.2020 · 2 min read
Photo by Manuel Becker

Based on your feedback and issues we recognized, we finally redesigned your Home Feed to put more focus on beautiful photos that are worth getting seen by even more people. To say it in the wise words of a tech company with a fruit logo: "It's the most beautiful Home Feed we've ever created!"

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The Home Feed is the center of the platform because it is usually the first page you see when you log in. The page was one of the first features of Locationscout to make sure that new photos are seen by the community. A lot has changed since then and simply loading the last 120 photos to allocate them to feed items grouped by day might have worked when there were 120 photos uploaded in an entire week. Now we are often reaching these numbers in a day, which was resulting in new photos simply disappearing too fast from the feed.

On the other hand, we had the issue that users who don't log in daily had a rough time to not miss the really good photos and spots that were shared. If you did upload your photo just before midnight (Berlin time) you had also the benefit of being present much longer than anybody else because every feed item was ordered by the newest entries.

The Redesign

So let's talk about the ideas behind the new Home Feed and why there is still more to come.

Bigger Photos

The photos are the most important part of the platform (besides you of course! ;-)) and we wanted to give them as much space as possible. That's why we removed the sidebar, made the photos bigger in the feed and even larger on the subpages for popular and new photos.

New Subpages

We really appreciate all these beautiful photos being shared on Locationscout. That's why we wanted to give them more space by having a subpage for the top photos from the last 30 days and a page where you can browse through the new photos from the last 2 weeks.

New Feed-Items

With the much wider design we entirely redesigned how blog articles and featured locations are shown in the feed. The feed items are now divided into the last 24 hours showing all the new photos and afterwards, the feed is showing the top 10 photos from each day to make sure that you won't miss anything and to give the most beautiful photos the reputation they deserve.

New Design-Elements

With this redesign we are also introducing the new sub-navigation which makes it easier to split content to different sections to focus on less with each subpage. The most subtle and yet the most extensive change are rounded borders for the entire platform, making it easier to recognize buttons or form elements.

Open tasks

As everything in life the Home Feed will keep evolving over time and features like the top list are still missing. The reputation history was moved to your notifications due to the fact that there is no sidebar anymore.
I really love the focus now being more on the photos but even more important is the community behind all this amazing content. That's why a subpage for promoting the awesome photographers behind all these photos is already planned.

Another part for future improvements is personalization, for example by being able to follow other photographers or even locations and countries because you want to see more content of specific places you want to visit soon.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the new Home Feed more and is there anything that you would add, change or improve? Let us hear in the comments below!

Comments (24)

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kathrinsworld 28.08.2020
I absolutely love the new home feed, especially the Top-Ten-photos! Keep up your great work! :-)
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 29.08.2020
Thank you very much dear Kathrin. I am really happy about that as well because at first I wasn't sure how good it would work out. But it's surprisingly good... :-) Hope all is well with you and have a wonderful weekend!
Mariia Karpus
Mariia Karpus 24.08.2020
Feed looks amazing! But where can I found that top of contributors in your country?
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 24.08.2020
Thank you dear Mariia. Currently you can't see it anywhere but it's planned to add that to an additional page which also features active / popular users of the community.
Mariia Karpus
Mariia Karpus 25.08.2020
Thank you!
Anne Harden
Anne Harden 13.08.2020
I really enjoy looking at contributors photos and getting ideas before travelling. Website looks great. Thank you for all the work you do!
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 13.08.2020
Thank you very much for your feedback dear Anne! I am glad that it's valueable to you and that you are a part of it! :-)
Awoisoak 09.08.2020
Definitely better! Specially for the ones we don't visit the website on a daily basis. Good to see that the community keeps growing and growing :)
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 09.08.2020
If this results in you not visiting us so often anymore I guess I have to remove this feature just for you... ;-)
Alexander Decoster
Alexander Decoster 02.08.2020
Bravo, Excellent !!
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 02.08.2020
Thank you dear Alexander, hope all is well with you!
Alexander Decoster
Alexander Decoster 02.08.2020
Yes safe and well. Miss the travels and photography.
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 02.08.2020
Yeah, same to me buddy. But it's also a great opportunity to go out and photograph the home area and discover new places this way, isn't it?
Alexander Decoster
Alexander Decoster 02.08.2020
I really stayed home
Shui Ling Chu
Shui Ling Chu 01.08.2020
Without doubt, this is one of the few sites i really love surfing on a regular basis to see what other photographers share and how many awesome photos are being posted. This site also allows me to collect ideas where potentially i can visit in the near future. Very well done dear Manuel for making all these improvements, i truly appreciate it.
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 02.08.2020
Thank you as well dear Shui for being a part of this journey and for supporting the community with your beautiful photos. Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!
Dani W.
Dani W. 01.08.2020
Well done Manuel! This means we can still find potentially great pictures even if someone uploads their holiday album in one go :-). I like the fact that the photographs get more space. This is especially helpful if you look at them on the phone!
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 01.08.2020
Thank you dear Dani! Yeah the issue about the entire holiday album is definitely mitigated but I will still think about how to solve this even better in the future. It's still important that new photos are rated by the community so that the other lists make sense... ;-)
Niko Kersting
Niko Kersting 31.07.2020
This improvement came unexpected, but I really like it! Let's see how it works out. :)
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 01.08.2020
With almost everything being leaked before any release it's extremely rare I guess that something is unexpected... I hope that's positive ;-) Anyway I am fully with you and I think so too that we need to see how it works out and if something isn't perfect yet feel always free to write me so that we can make it even better.
Stefan Tiesing
Stefan Tiesing 31.07.2020
A real improvement. Very well done. I like it. ?
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 01.08.2020
Thank you dear Stefan and have a great weekend!
Jasen Crawford
Jasen Crawford 31.07.2020
Fabulous! Instant 'like' from me.
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 31.07.2020
Yay, thank you dear JDC! I am glad that you like it. :-)
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