Reddit’s mascot Snoo also gets upgraded with a more 3D look.
Earlier this week, Reddit started rolling out the redesign of their website. This will be visible to one percent of users initially but will eventually be available to all of their users and lurkers.
This redesign marks the first time in a decade that the text-heavy social media website made changes to their interface.
What it looks like now:
The new design is quite similar to what most modern websites in Squarespace or Wix look like. A menu on the left corner of the page has replaced the navigation bar. This menu shows links to feed, subreddits that the users follow and user profiles.
With the new interface, different fonts help distinguish external links or links that lead to another post. Clicking on a post opens up a box instead of opening up the page. This allows uses to access that post without being taken away from the page.
Those who are fanatics of the old html-style design can still use the old design as said in a post. “We do not have plans to do away with the current site. We want to give you more choices for how you view Reddit.”
The redesign has been in the works for over a year now. In his post, CEO Steve Huffman explained why they decided to change the interface.
“Many of us evangelize Reddit and tell people how awesome it is … then when those new people decide to check out Reddit for the first time they’re greeted with dystopian Craigslist. We’d like to fix that.”
According to him, they hope to decrease the bounce off rate for first-time visitors and increase time on-site for everyone.
Users will be able to choose to view the site in three modes: “classic view” which is similar to the old design, “card view,” , or “compact view”.