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Changes Coming To Sounder At Heart - A Tale In Three Parts | Part Three: The Redesign

This is a merely a warning. If it had not been a warning this message would look different. The site would look different. Your whole internet experience would look different (maybe not that). Back when we revealed the newest logo there were hints at a new thing happening at SB Nation. That new thing is happening soon.

The goals of the new thing are pretty simple. Empower the backend users (writers, managers, editors, etc) to share content more effectively while speeding up the experience for you the reader. The look of the site will change. Below the break you'll see some of that, but in essence Sounder at Heart (all sites on the network) will be a kind of hybrid between a magazine format and a blog. This will mean that you will always be able to see detailed long form work that is done, catch up on the latest and next games quickly and by scrolling down just a bit catch all the breaking news and whatnot. How the top of the site looks will change based on the desires of this site's editors and will be based on what is going on with the Sounders.

Part of this change will be a shift to using the mobile web rather than an app. That mobile web experience will be functionally the same as the standard web experience on major tablet and phone operating systems. Nothing will be lost, merely existing in new spaces in some cases or exactly the same as ever.

Here's a sneak peak with a couple screen grabs from around the network.


Here's a mobile version


To sum up;

  • SB Nation United is going to make our sites load faster and run better meaning you can get to the content you want faster.
  • SB Nation United is going to make sure that you're seeing the best and brightest content up front with our flexible layout, modern design and reduction of clutter.
  • SB Nation United is going to make the experience on our sites run seamlessly from every platform, whether mobile, tablet or computer. No matter where you are, the experience will not change.
  • SB Nation United will not take away or change any of the community elements you love like FanPosts and FanShots and GameThreads.

This is still our community. Myself, Jeremiah and the rest of the team on the masthead will have wider access to tools and these should help you gain more knowledge about the Sounders while continuing the community we have here. It will not change the partnership with the team, nor will you lose any of the community functions you love.

So prepare yourselves. Or don't, because maybe the surprise would be neat too.

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