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Sneak Peek of the New RedFlagDeals.com Homepage

By Kate Musgrove

We're launching a new RedFlagDeals.com homepage soon, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of it before the big launch! These are just mockups with fake deal data, but you should be able to get a good idea of what the page will look like and how it will function. We've hidden the whole page screenshots to keep this post from being too image-heavy, but you can click through the links below to see them.

Click here to view the whole new homepage for desktop.

Click here to view the whole new homepage for mobile.

The new homepage will allow you to select what content you want to see. Logged-in users will see deals and forum posts from the categories they've chose. You can also add "Popular" or "Latest" to your list to see the most popular or newest content across all categories. You can choose up to five categories to feature on your personalized homepage. The page is responsive, so on a desktop browser, deals will display on the left, and forum posts will display on the right. On a mobile or tablet browser, they'll be stacked.

After the new homepage is released you'll be prompted to pick your favourite categories to customize your homepage experience.

We're also launching a new Navigation Bar. Here's a peek at the Navigation Bar on mobile:

And here is the Navigation Bar on desktop:

What else will be on the new homepage? At the top, we'll have a Headline Article to highlight breaking news articles written by the RFD editorial staff, and below that we'll have a Carousel highlighting the biggest and most compelling deals and shopping news.

Under that, the Seasonal Deals Section will show the most relevant deals for the time of year. On the page below, it's labeled "Fast Food Deals". The Seasonal Deals Section won't be visible at all times, just when there's a lot of seasonal content (like Back to School deals or tons of competing Free Coffee offers).

39 Comments

    • Great but how soon is soon?
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    • smartie wrote:
      Apr 26th, 2017 6:59 pm
      Great but how soon is soon?
      Possibly next week. Let me try to get an exact date.
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    • Looks much better than current view. But the login problem is still an issue on my mobile, which I think is a bigger problem.
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    • smartie wrote:
      Apr 26th, 2017 6:59 pm
      Great but how soon is soon?
      Monday if everything goes according to plan.
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    • There is something going on with RFD site for last 5-7 mts. First it was not accessible. and now very slow.
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    • sandeeS wrote:
      May 1st, 2017 5:51 pm
      There is something going on with RFD site for last 5-7 mts. First it was not accessible. and now very slow.
      Most pages load instantly for me. Does every page load slowly for you or just some?
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 12:06 pm
      Most pages load instantly for me. Does every page load slowly for you or just some?
      at last the site responded. almost for 7-8 mts the site was so slow or unavailable
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    • I dig this update. Feels faster and smoother.
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    • Who sorts columns alphabetically going across the rows instead of top to bottom? Seriously?

      Is there a UX person at RFD??

      Hover over discussion and copy/paste it's in alpha ... but it's flowed to not actually use columns but go in rows so it's horrible to 'navigate' with your eye/brain and find what you are looking for:

      Copy/paste order:
      DISCUSSION
      Art & Photography
      Automotive
      Careers
      Computers & Electronics
      Cell Phones
      Entertainment
      PC & Video Games
      Entrepreneurship & Small Business
      Fashion & Apparel
      Beauty & Wellness
      Food & Drink
      Green / Eco-Friendly
      Home & Garden
      Parenting
      Personal Finance
      Investing
      Pets
      Sports & Fitness
      Students
      Travel
      Off Topic


      How it looks like:

      CODE: Select all

      DISCUSSION
      Art & Photography        Automotive                         Careers
      Computers & Electronics  Cell Phones                        Entertainment
      PC & Video Games         Entrepreneurship & Small Business  Fashion & Apparel
      Beauty & Wellness        Food & Drink                       Green / Eco-Friendly
      Home & Garden            Parenting                          Personal Finance
      Investing                Pets                               Sports & Fitness
      Students                 Travel                             Off Topic
      
      ... further adding to the confusion, there are non-alpha sorted insertions (based on subforums??) ... horrible. sorry. it's bad.
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    • Trying the new Nav Bar out today and I'm wondering why the "Shopping Discussion" and "Freebies" categories were removed from the Forums tab?

      As of now, Shopping Discussion has nearly 420K posts and Freebies has 50K while the "Coupon" category that most people aren't aware of with 1,744 posts was added.

      Suggestions: Remove the redundant "Hot Deals" link on the top left corner of the Nav Bar (redundant, as the Hot Deals Categories / All Hot Deals link goes to the same page) and add back Shopping Discussion and Freebies on the far left column. Also, bold the All Hot Deals link to make it stand out.
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    • There might be some tweaking to the forums menu bar section over the coming weeks. We welcome all feedback regarding that or any other change to the homepage.
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    • Is there an option to switch back to the old UI?

      You guys went more mobile friendly but imo you made the desktop experience worse with more scrolling needed.

      Also might be just me but I find it hard to read the latest hot deals column side. Guess it'll take a bit to adjust.

      Edit:

      Think it has to do with the left vs right content being jagged when looking at the horizontal level. Although I don' thave a suggest atm how to tackle this without adding faint lines which the original designer probably wanted to avoid.

      Left side has more content...right side has less because they are forum posts.
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    • Looks like SSL is now fully implemented as well? Previously, the site was only partially secured for me.
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    • I'm noticing the nav bar temporarily disappears on a laptop/desktop. Scroll down then back up and it is gone - with a blank space where it should be. Repeat once or twice and it will reappear.

      On Edit: this seems to happen on a laptop running WinXP with Firefox 52 whatever the last supported release was. Can post later. The nav bar seem to work fine with Win 10 and Firefox 53.
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    • Better than before.

      Why do you need RedFlagDeals(tm) then directly below RedFlagDeals.com Forums ?
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    • Looks much better...liking the UI
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 6:58 pm
      There might be some tweaking to the forums menu bar section over the coming weeks. We welcome all feedback regarding that or any other change to the homepage.
      My scroll wheel on my mouse just moves the navigation bar up and down. Is there a way to lock the navigation bar so I can use the scroll wheel in the main frame of the forum?
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    • Top menu bar doesn't function properly across multiple browsers (firefox/chrome), scrolling causes it to disappear and reappear at different times, very inconsistent.

      I think you should keep it static, it blocks content instead of being useful anyways and the same functionality doesn't even appear for resized view for phones, where that might be more useful but at the cost of screen real estate.
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    • I like the new design
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    • Better design than the previous one.
      Still can't get the site to jump to where I got an upvote from the notifications link.
      In other words, when I check my notifications and I see an upvote, when I click on that link, it takes me to the very first post of that thread.
      - Firefox on Win10.
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    • Another vote to re-add Freebies to the Forums section please.
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    • Gee wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 1:05 am
      My scroll wheel on my mouse just moves the navigation bar up and down. Is there a way to lock the navigation bar so I can use the scroll wheel in the main frame of the forum?
      The navigation bar moves up and down on the page when you use your mouse wheel?
      zentro wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 7:36 am
      Top menu bar doesn't function properly across multiple browsers (firefox/chrome), scrolling causes it to disappear and reappear at different times, very inconsistent.

      I think you should keep it static, it blocks content instead of being useful anyways and the same functionality doesn't even appear for resized view for phones, where that might be more useful but at the cost of screen real estate.
      It should only reappear as you start to scroll back up. If you're experiencing different behaviour please report it to us and include device/browser details.
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    • ace604 wrote:
      May 2nd, 2017 4:22 pm
      Who sorts columns alphabetically going across the rows instead of top to bottom? Seriously?

      Is there a UX person at RFD??

      Hover over discussion and copy/paste it's in alpha ... but it's flowed to not actually use columns but go in rows so it's horrible to 'navigate' with your eye/brain and find what you are looking for:

      Copy/paste order:
      DISCUSSION
      Art & Photography
      Automotive
      Careers
      Computers & Electronics
      Cell Phones
      Entertainment
      PC & Video Games
      Entrepreneurship & Small Business
      Fashion & Apparel
      Beauty & Wellness
      Food & Drink
      Green / Eco-Friendly
      Home & Garden
      Parenting
      Personal Finance
      Investing
      Pets
      Sports & Fitness
      Students
      Travel
      Off Topic


      How it looks like:

      CODE: Select all

      DISCUSSION
      Art & Photography        Automotive                         Careers
      Computers & Electronics  Cell Phones                        Entertainment
      PC & Video Games         Entrepreneurship & Small Business  Fashion & Apparel
      Beauty & Wellness        Food & Drink                       Green / Eco-Friendly
      Home & Garden            Parenting                          Personal Finance
      Investing                Pets                               Sports & Fitness
      Students                 Travel                             Off Topic
      
      ... further adding to the confusion, there are non-alpha sorted insertions (based on subforums??) ... horrible. sorry. it's bad.
      Shopping Discussion forum is missing and cumbersome to find.
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 11:00 am
      ...
      It should only reappear as you start to scroll back up. If you're experiencing different behaviour please report it to us and include device/browser details.
      yep ... it is working that way ...
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    • gontori wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 10:51 am
      Better design than the previous one.
      Still can't get the site to jump to where I got an upvote from the notifications link.
      In other words, when I check my notifications and I see an upvote, when I click on that link, it takes me to the very first post of that thread.
      - Firefox on Win10.
      I've been complaining about this for months and months and months and suggested a fix that should take 30s to do.

      Change the url from:
      /thread-name/page/#pPostnumber

      To:
      /viewtopic.php?p=Postnumber
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    • Becks wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 1:44 pm
      Shopping Discussion forum is missing and cumbersome to find.
      It's being added back in along with Freebies.
      lubmar wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:35 pm
      yep ... it is working that way ...
      You can also set it to unstick and it'll only appear at the top of the page. how-unstick-stick-navigation-bar-1948715/
      ace604 wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:42 pm
      I've been complaining about this for months and months and months and suggested a fix that should take 30s to do.

      Change the url from:
      /thread-name/page/#pPostnumber

      To:
      /viewtopic.php?p=Postnumber
      The thread name is included for SEO purposes. We are aware of the problem and can hopefully get it fixed soon.
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:51 pm
      It's being added back in along with Freebies.


      You can also set it to unstick and it'll only appear at the top of the page. how-unstick-stick-navigation-bar-1948715/


      The thread name is included for SEO purposes. We are aware of the problem and can hopefully get it fixed soon.
      You don't need the thread name in the notification tab view that is per login and impossible for Google to scrape and affect SEO.

      When I click a /viewtopic.php?p=xxxx link it expands out to the full URL afterwards.
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    • ace604 wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:53 pm
      You don't need the thread name in the notification tab view that is per login and impossible for Google to scrape and affect SEO.

      When I click a /viewtopic.php?p=xxxx link it expands out to the full URL afterwards.
      e.g. Compare these links and where they take you:

      1) "/rfds-new-homepage-nav-bar-coming-soon-2096157/2/#p27748971"
      https://forums.redflagdeals.com/rfds-ne ... #p27748971

      2) "/rfds-new-homepage-nav-bar-coming-soon-2096157/#p27748971"
      https://forums.redflagdeals.com/rfds-ne ... #p27748971

      3) "/viewtopic.php?p=2774897"
      https://forums.redflagdeals.com/viewtop ... p=27748971

      both (1) and (3) take me to the URL in (1). But for people with different posts per page settings, the URL in (1) may be broken. For people with default posts per page setting the URL in (2) is broken.

      Just use (3) in the notifications tab. It should work for everyone.
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:51 pm
      You can also set it to unstick and it'll only appear at the top of the page. how-unstick-stick-navigation-bar-1948715/
      Excellent that solves all my complaints.

      The issue for me is happening on both firefox 53.0 (32-bit)/chrome 58.0.3029.96 (64-bit)/chrome canary 60.0.3088.0 (64-bit) tested without any extensions on debian 8 (not logged in) and windows 7 (logged in).

      The problem appears when you first load the page, the javascript doesn't seem to load consistently, if you stay on the same page for a bit and scroll around the behavior seems to default to showing up when scrolling up and disappearing when scrolling down, however when you refresh or load another part of the site the menu doesn't work properly. There is also some weird behavior when switching between mouse wheel and scroll bar, but it's harder to replicate, it seems to pop into view and disappear.

      However with stick navigation preference, everything works perfect. Thanks.
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    • I would also really love the option to switch to the old UI for PCs. It seems as though most people are browsing the site on mobile devices, but the new layout makes it so the site is not worth accessing using a PC browser. Just my two cents.
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 11:00 am
      The navigation bar moves up and down on the page when you use your mouse wheel?
      Yes, that's all that moves. It's as if there are two frames and the focus is on the top frame. If I use my scroll wheel, it moves the navigation bar up and down.

      I tried clicking on the forum post area and it will not focus on it. The scroll wheel only locks onto the navigation bar
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    • ace604 wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 2:53 pm
      You don't need the thread name in the notification tab view that is per login and impossible for Google to scrape and affect SEO.

      When I click a /viewtopic.php?p=xxxx link it expands out to the full URL afterwards.
      Ah I see what you mean. I was thinking of something else when I replied earlier. There is a ticket in to fix that. I too would like to be taken to the correct posts so I'll try to get an update on when that might be fixed.
      zentro wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 3:57 pm
      Excellent that solves all my complaints.

      However with stick navigation preference, everything works perfect. Thanks.
      Glad to hear that helped. We haven't seen the behaviour of the menu bar that you described so we'll wait to see if more reports come in and then look into it.
      nermy wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 4:02 pm
      I would also really love the option to switch to the old UI for PCs. It seems as though most people are browsing the site on mobile devices, but the new layout makes it so the site is not worth accessing using a PC browser. Just my two cents.
      Yes there is a huge shift towards mobile browsing and that did influence our design decisions but we feel the desktop version of the site has improved over the previous design. With the customizable layout and increased exposure of forum threads, we feel it gives people more of what they want to see.
      Gee wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 6:29 pm
      Yes, that's all that moves. It's as if there are two frames and the focus is on the top frame. If I use my scroll wheel, it moves the navigation bar up and down.

      I tried clicking on the forum post area and it will not focus on it. The scroll wheel only locks onto the navigation bar
      Is it possible for you to record a short clip of it exhibiting this behaviour?
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    • We released a small update late this afternoon which addressed the following:

      The forums menu in the navigation bar now includes the missing Shopping Discussion and Freebies forums. The discussion forums are also now sorted vertically instead of from left to right (excluding Off Topic which remains at the end).

      You'll see more than 3 flyers on our homepage under the Top Flyers section.

      Updates to the customized Category widgets (showing up empty, showing old content, etc.).
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    • TomRFD wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 6:47 pm
      Is it possible for you to record a short clip of it exhibiting this behaviour?
      I'll try to do that as soon as I find some software. It appears to only happen when using Opera. I just switched to Internet Explorer and it works fine in Explorer
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    • Gee wrote:
      May 3rd, 2017 8:06 pm
      I'll try to do that as soon as I find some software. It appears to only happen when using Opera. I just switched to Internet Explorer and it works fine in Explorer
      If you can that might help. I'll try to download Opera and see if I can replicate it too.
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    • I've got 2 scroll bars on every thread in Firefox now. Disabling Adblock didn't solve the problem either.

      I'll have to poke around on the weekend to see what's causing it. It's also really unresponsive to the scroll wheel. I have to scroll 3 times to get the page to move.
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    • The contents of the pull down menu list for "Forums" is not consistent in the new navigation menu bar. In some forums, it only lists some of the Hot Deals categories, in other forums it lists most of the main forums alphanumerically with almost their entire name (correctly, given the width of the browser window), and in other forums (most particularly when browsing a thread) it lists only some of the forums, all with their names truncated "Nam..." (even if the width of the browser window would allow displaying their full names) and with uneven line spacing (some are bunched together without a blank line in between their shortened names). Happening in Chrome. Bizarre.
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    • I have never frequented the actual homepage for the most part, but it does feel clean and intuitive, it was a mess in the past and never even touched it. Same for the dropdown, feels more responsive and makes sense now that it's alphabetical.

      Usually most updates done by RFD are significantly worse than past versions, and there are multiple issues with many complaints where it feels like an non-wanted update is pushed against people's wishes. This is one of those times where it actually is better.
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