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James Price

Home Page Two Months On

It's been two months since the new BBC homepage launched and we've had a chance to take stock.

We've listened to your feedback and are designing a smaller main feature area for the top right hand section of the page.

We don't want to put people off with what some (like JonnyB) regard as 'oversized advertising'. That said, the new version will doubtless still be bigger than some would like it to be. One reason is that we will be regularly showing video clips on the homepage from the summer and the size of this 'player' is fixed.

As I mentioned before the idea is that this feature isn't simply a section displaying promotions for BBC programmes and services, rather one that shows off some of the best topical BBC content, whether it be video clips, picture galleries, news features or quizzes.

And we don't intend to stop making other improvements. Indeed, we've already drawn up plans taking us well into 2009.

The homepage team is embarking on a series of infrastructure changes. These may not be immediately apparent to users, but will lay the groundwork for a new generation of customisable services...oh, and make the page load faster. As well as lining up a number of new widgets (or modules), we're also busy enhancing just about all the ones that are currently available. For example, the "World Service" widget will soon display foreign language news headlines.

As Richard Titus has mentioned, we also want non-BBC services on the page, enabling you to check web-mail or get the latest update from friends on social networking sites. But all of this requires new kit and we're still some months away from rolling this stuff out.

Speaking of which... a new Beta homepage will be launched next month which will give you a sneak preview of some things in the pipeline.

And for those of you who want to set more than one location for weather updates...we hear you. We are awaiting the new kit to get it sorted!

James Price is the editor of the BBC homepage.


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