Simplified Header

We are simplifying the header as part of an ongoing effort to make the site more mobile friendly.

Simplified Header

Your cart and messages are now easier to see. Before, they were buried among the clutter of the grey bar. Now, they are featured in the primary header where they belong.

Moving these links up allows us to remove the grey bar from the parts of the site that do not need it. As a result, many pages now look a bit more streamlined, and the content is given more focus.

Also, ‘My Discogs’ has been replaced with your profile picture when you’re logged in, and we’ve added icons to it’s submenu to increase legibility.

A couple links have been changed. The ‘Friends’ link can be found under Community. ‘Export Data’ is no longer in the menu, you can access it by finding what you want to export first and clicking the export link on the page.

For comparison, here’s a screenshot from a few months ago:

Old Header

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15 Comments
  • Aug 3,2013 at 20:40

    I’m also having a hard time understanding how a massive dropdown menu is considered to be better for mobile devices. Dropdown menus are generally bad for accessibility, and particularly bad for mobile devices.

    Please bring back the grey menu bar.

  • Aug 1,2013 at 22:51

    “Moving these links up allows us to remove the grey bar from the parts of the site that do not need it. As a result, many pages now look a bit more streamlined, and the content is given more focus”

    It boggles my mind that someone has decided that sellers don’t need easy access to marketplace functions. I use the site on a daily basis, mainly navigating between these pages: Billing, Manage Inventory, My Orders, My Items For Sale. It was easy to do when I could just click a link in the grey bar — now I have to go to the black menu dropdown, click, move the cursor, click again.

    Please return the grey menu bar links for marketplace pages.

  • Aug 1,2013 at 09:32

    “Moving these links up allows us to remove the grey bar from the parts of the site that do not need it. As a result, many pages now look a bit more streamlined, and the content is given more focus”

    Unfortunately you’ve removed it from parts of the site that very much do need it – the submissions page and the history page.

  • Aug 1,2013 at 08:27

    Its pretty nice from what I see thus far!

  • Jul 31,2013 at 21:59

    Want the function ‘Images’ and ‘Edit’ from the grey bar back! It was very useful when editing releases.

  • Jul 31,2013 at 20:16

    so far all the justifications I’ve heard for implementing
    these so called improvements have seemed a bit
    flimsy and rather short sighted in the general scope
    of long term usability. I wonder how much of a factor
    user input had on these changes?

  • Jul 31,2013 at 19:45

    [quote=PabloPlato]99+ IS NOT HELPFUL![/quote]

    We agree with you. You should now be able to see the total number of unread messages in the header without hovering over the icon.

  • Jul 31,2013 at 17:30

    Mobile friendly is not necessarily a good idea for a database. At least not if you want more subs.

    Also, I’d really appreciate it if you could put the colors back on items in cart and new messages. I prefer them to be noticeable, not disappear in the background.

  • Jul 31,2013 at 17:23

    I REALLY HATE NOT KNOWING THE EXACT NUMBER OF UNREAD MESSAGES IN MY INBOX (99+ IS NOT HELPFUL!) AND NOT BEING ABLE TO CLICK ON MY NAME/AVATAR TO GET TO MY PROFILE (WHICH I HAVE TO DO OFTEN TO SEE IF ANY NEW FEEDBACK HAS BEEN LEFT).

    FIX THIS NOW!

  • Jul 31,2013 at 11:54

    I don’t understand why you had to remove Recent Activity from the Community drop-down.

  • Jul 31,2013 at 11:43

    those new icons on the right aren’t exactly eyecatchers, are they?
    in your “ongoing effort to make the site more mobile friendly” you make it harder and harder for other users to navigate the site.
    most people who submit and sell and work all day on this site do NOT access it via mobile but via laptop or pc. from this perspective some of your design changes seem utterly absurd: more clicks are now necessary to get where you want, the size relations of different design features seem out of proportion, e.g. the huge user avatar on the profile page and the tiny new icons in the header…

    if you go on this way please provide an alternative site layout for non-mobile users!

  • Jul 31,2013 at 06:29

    “Basically, orders, purchases and messages are the key drivers for regular users. they should be as easy to get to as possible.” judbranam

    Second that. It was way faster to acces orders and messages (and when it was still in the second header: the logout-link!!) when they were separate. Now you have to click on your avatar first… within that time you’ll likely forget what you were going to do.

  • Jul 31,2013 at 00:45

    I don’t mind it; but before making any changes; consult the users first.

  • Jul 30,2013 at 22:21

    I don’t mind this at all :)

  • Jul 30,2013 at 21:53

    I don’t know how having orders buried under “marketplace/sell music” makes it easier to use this site on a mobile device.

    Basically, orders, purchases and messages are the key drivers for regular users. they should be as easy to get to as possible.

    Also, pricing should list both the lowest and highest prices for a given release, so that if I’m considering picking up a record I know the range of its value, instead of just the cheapest price for some torn up copy.

    thanks

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