Thank you to everyone who took the time to write in with feedback on the new design. It means the world to us that you care so deeply about the site. We’re sorry that not everyone likes the new homepage, but we’re working around the clock to try to make it better.
We’re getting so many comments that we can’t respond individually to all of them (we do read all of them though!), so we wanted to take a moment to address the top issues:
I’m confused. Where is everything that used to be on My Home, Explore, and the old Polyvore homepage? Almost everything that used to be on those three pages has been split into two pages: Activity and the new homepage.
What’s on the homepage? The homepage is dedicated to browsing your contacts’ stuff, as well as discovering new people.
- Contacts' sets
- Contacts' collections
- Likes from your contacts
- If you’re new to the site or not following very many people, we may also mix in some of the Top Sets for that day to help you discover new styles you may love.
- Notifications about new likes, comments, etc. on your sets or collections
I don’t like seeing big sets on my homepage. I prefer being able to see more sets at once. We’ve added a toggle in the top right that says “Stream | Grid”. Switching to Grid view lets you see a grid of many sets all at once, very similar to the old My Home.
Why did you make this change? I prefer having everything on one page! Through user feedback, we learned that the old My Home was confusing to people who don’t make sets regularly. We wanted to give these users a homepage where they can enjoy Polyvore by browsing the beautiful sets created by those they follow. We also found that active creators care a lot about the views, likes, and comments they receive, so we created a dedicated Activity page where you can easily see all of this. We felt it was a good design philosophy to have separate pages focused on different tasks.
Why didn’t you ask us for feedback first? We know you’ve gotten mad at us before for making drastic changes, so we tried to ask for more feedback upfront via a beta test. We’re sorry that we couldn’t include everyone.
For the beta test, we invited 200+ members to try the site starting five weeks ago. As you might imagine, the initial feedback was very similar to what we’re getting now. “I hate it! Why change a good thing?” was one of the first comments. But after a few days, we started to see a lot of people grow to like the new design.
Here are some of the comments from our beta testers:
“I love it! I'm glad I was part of the testing. For those of you who don't like it now, it takes a bit to get used to but in the end it's so much more streamlined than the old homepage =)”
“So glad the changes are now active throughout the community! As a beta tester, I too wasn't sure of the new changes but they quickly grew on me. I am able to stay so much more connected to the community. It is easier to navigate and find people now. Thank you Polyvore for always trying to make things better for us!”
“I was one of the beta testers and at first, I hated this layout and wanted it gone asap. And after giving feedback about what I didn't like, one of the Polyvore team members got back to me and pointed out a few points, and told me to give it a few more days to adjust to the change. Now, I love this layout. Things will all make sense once you give it some time. Everyone is doing the same thing I did, making too quick of a judgment. Nobody likes changes, but they happen and people just need time to adjust.”
We’re really sorry that the change is so drastic, but we didn’t see any way to roll it out incrementally.
We hope you’ll give the new design a chance, as our beta testers did, because we think you’ll grow to like it as they did.
Why don't you fix the 50 item limit instead or make an iPad/iPhone app or build other things we request? We're working on a mobile version and hope to have an iPad app by the end of the year. Our engineering team is pretty small though, just 10 people. If you know anyone who'd like to join, please point them to polyvore.com/jobs!
As much as we'd like to increase the 50 item limit to 100, the problem is that loading too many items in the editor will slow down your browser. It also puts load on our image stitching servers and would make it significantly slower to publish and load sets. We just want you to know it wasn't an arbitrary decision. Sorry :-(
Images are slow or blank. Items are missing from my sets. We’re really sorry about this. It’s a temporary issue that we’re working hard to fix. The upgrade to larger sets put extra load on our servers, causing images to be served slowly or not at all.
Why are there weird things in my homepage stream? The homepage is supposed to be your contacts’ sets, with a few features (the gray boxes) of Up & Coming sets, Top Sets, and stuff your contacts liked. There was a bug causing way too many gray boxes to show up, which we’ve now fixed.
Thanks for all of your patience as we work out the kinks. If you have specific feedback about the new design you’d like to share, please let us know by leaving a comment.
The Polyvore Team