Google slims down homepage to increase appeal

By Justin ยท 49 replies
Dec 3, 2009
  1. From the start, Google's simplicity has been one of their more attractive attributes. Keeping in tune with that, the company has redesigned their homepage to make it more basic in appearance, hiding everything on the page excluding the logo, search box and search buttons. All of the additional buttons will re-appear if the mouse is moved over the page, quickly fading in to view.

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  2. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    But I guess that this approach leaves fair portion of normal users uninformed about their numerous other services..
  3. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    I never thought it got to a point where it was anywhere near bloated anyways. I'm not really seeing a need for this change..but that said I checked it out and it works just fine, the fading is a nice touch, but yeah never bloated at all imo..I'm not complaining though.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Uninformed how? A slight twitch of the mouse brings other features to view.
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    One day Google won't even have a search box... just a chip in your head and when you think it, it does it!

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    I thought google is already slim enough. wonder how much slim it would even be:)
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I'm a sucker for good visuals and clean/neat web pages, so I've never been fond of the Google look, despite how powerful their search engine is.
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    The simplicity is great. However i guess i always tend to drag my mouse to text boxes where i am about to type, so this doesn't do much for me as everything else always pops into view. I would like it much better if it went away if you didn't move your mouse for a couple seconds.
  9. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    haha google looks great! Now it loads so smooth ( The search bar only) and other things load slower. A really nice thing they made. I Like it sooo much! Try it out now people! :]
  10. Another step back for google.
  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    @compdata: You can begin typing without clicking on the Google search bar -- but yeah, habits like that are tough to break.
  12. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    It's certainly looking better but it's still not anything special by visual terms.
  13. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    I just noticed it. It looks great now.

    @Guest, it's a step forward, not backwards.
  14. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Booster Posts: 149   +39

    Personally I would like it if I could customize google to have just the header and search box all the time (no fade in of anything).
  15. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Yeah true..but eh..I was kind of speaking of myself because way earlier I wasn't aware of their other I thought others might be the same
    But thats really was back when I wasn't informed about google as a whole..I was more or less like those who think browser is google hahahhaa
  16. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    I agree with this, yes you can start typing but I tend to move my mouse and everything pops into place just as always, so the end result is nothing. If you really don't want to see all that stuff, just enter your search into your search bar in your browser and skip going to the page at all. Having said all that, I tend to go to Bing with the pretty pictures anyways.
  17. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I set my homepage as bing cause the pictures are sooo pretty. Though I also like simple webpages like google's.
  18. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    That's good I guess, but unnecessary if you ask me
  19. dellz

    dellz TS Rookie

    why slim down the google homepage in my opinion it is totally modest and dosent need any sliming , it feels like kinda washing a clean car =/
  20. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Let's hope they keep those occasional festive themes which I find very refreshing.
  21. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 173

    cant say i see the improvement...the search features (web, image, video, map, news ...etc) are all still up top, you just don't see them until you mouse into the window...but even then...they show up whether or not you want them too....seems to be something to suck a little more bandwidth. I also dont see it going away with idle activity, or changing windows.
  22. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Booster Posts: 221

    Google has been doing this for the past few months I noticed. Some days it would fade in on mouse-over on other days it would be normal.

    So far I have only seen it work on Internet Explorer, never on Opera (which is my main browser).

    As far as that goes I love it! Google's page was arguable the most simple home page on the internet with that much traffic, and now they made it even better. It started with the bigger search form and the topics that show up when you start typing. Google is about search, and they are right at the point with their homepage.
  23. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    As the fade in feature is nearly instantanious I honestly don't see what the big deal is. All of the stuff is still there it now only appears when you move the mouse...woopee...
  24. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    i have just checked the site and it sure looks great, I liked the new image, but i have to agree with some of you, I move my mouse to get to the box and everything pops out, It would look better if it dissapeared again.

    i hope they keep that simplicity with their Crome OS
  25. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Good! I thought my explorer had an issue haha.

    It looked weird, after all this time one kinds of get used to the full site.
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