More on our new website
I wanted to give you an update on the launch of the new-look BBC Sport website, and also talk about some more new features we have launched.
First of all it is worth remembering that one of the main reasons for the relaunch was to make the site more dynamic, so that we can better respond to the big stories and events. Yesterday we saw that theory put into practice, initially with Harry Redknapp's acquittal, then later in the day with Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager.
For a sports website, this was the ultimate day for breaking news and our relaunched site - with its front page layout designed to create more of an impact and a live page that pulls in material from across BBC outlets and the best of our audience interaction - responded in kind. On our old site it was difficult to do stories like this justice - now we have the tools to better capture and reflect the latest news as it happens.
Secondly, I would like to simply reiterate what we said last week when we went live - that this is an on-going process of development. Last Wednesday wasn't the end of the process, it was the start. There is more to come as we continue to enhance our online product in the run-up to a huge summer of sport.
Much of that work will take the form of implementing innovations we have planned for some time - but it will also involve tweaking the existing design now that we can properly assess it in 'live' mode and can respond to audience feedback.
We have read all the comments, as well as feedback from a variety of other sources, and have identified key areas that we are looking to address.
It's fair to say that the colour scheme of the site has been a significant topic of discussion.
The first thing to say is that yellow and black have been BBC Sport's brand colours for a number of years now. The previous version of the website featured yellow and black - albeit to a lesser extent, partly because different sports contained different colours in their banners.
We are committed to retaining this overall BBC Sport branding, which provides a strong sense of identity. However, we are also looking at some design tweaks to our web pages that we hope will help those of you who have raised the issue of the colour - as outlined by Cait O'Riordan in her blog post.
Cait also explains more about the Olympics pages we have launched this week. If you head to bbc.co.uk/olympics you will now see a secondary navigation bar at the top of the page. From there you can explore athlete and country pages; not all of them have much content on yet but they are a foundation to build on between now and the Olympics.
We expect the Team GB page, to be popular, with its box comparing Team GB with other major Olympic nations.
This is one example of the new features we will launch during the increasingly busy countdown to the Games and there will be more on that as we go.
But I wanted to pick up in more detail on some of the themes from last week's relaunch.
- Many of you told us you did not like the way video automatically plays when you enter our new-look live pages. This was unintended and related to how we implemented the page templates used by other parts of the BBC, and as such we will be changing that in the near future.
- Some of you were also frustrated about the fact we have not been able to make video play on some smart phones and tablets. We are working on this and are committed to a solution for the Olympics. The reason we are able to do this for video content on other BBC sites (eg News) is because rights management tends to be much more straightforward in those areas. In Sport we have complex rights agreements which are usually sold on a territory-by-territory basis. This means we generally have to prevent video from playing outside the UK. But as I said, we are focusing on sorting this issue.
- Lots of you have told us how you like some of the new functionality of these pages - such as the new live scores page which kicks in during a busy weekend or evening of football, and the form-guide graph dropdowns on our tables.
But many of you have also told us you do not like some of the changes - eg inability to look at football fixtures/results by day and the lack of ability to see goals go in across various leagues (aka the 'videprinter').
So we will be reviewing these pages with the aim of making it easier for our audience to find these elements.
- Some of you have told us you are disappointed we are no longer displaying the European fixtures/results/tables. I need to stress that we haven't taken these pages down. However because of the way we have changed our navigation, the route there is slightly different.
Instead of these pages being displayed in the Leagues and Competitions navigation on the right-hand end of the football menu, they are found within the left-hand links to Results, Fixtures & Tables.
This is the same for those of you looking for statistics on the Blue Square North and South leagues.
Broken links We know there were several instances of broken links - we are working our way through all these and fixing them.
We are also now fixing the problem which affected the links to Sport content on the BBC mobile homepage.
Cricket scorecard Many of you were frustrated that the dynamic scorecard module within our live cricket pages was not auto-updating. We are working on a fix for this and hope to have it in place very soon.
There are other little glitches we are continuing to work through (thanks for those who have reported them - we cannot always reply, but we do take on board what you say). We appreciate your patience for bearing with us while we continue to iron out problems and refine the pages.
As I said in the last post, we are listening to all your comments and while we will not be rushing into changes, we will continue to evolve based on all our audience research including what you tell us via our various forms of feedback.