Changes to our new look
When we began the process of re-designing the BBC Sport website a few weeks ago, I promised we would keep reviewing the changes we were making and would respond to feedback on this blog.
In particular I said we'd take another look at the whole issue of the mix of content on the front page of the site - after we received comments that we were no longer providing a quick snapshot of the headlines from around our various sections.
We constantly evaluate the parts of our site people click on, using an internal 'heatmap' tool. And the reason we removed this round-up of headlines in the first place was that this section in the bottom third of the page didn't actually generate that much traffic and appeared to be rather 'unloved' by our users.
At least that's what we thought.
What we had no way of knowing, but what became obvious when we re-launched the front page, was that lots of you read those headlines without clicking through to them - treating it as a 'daily sporting digest' in its own right.
Sometimes it's only when you take something away that you begin to discover its true worth - and once we had unveiled the new-look site, the absence of this digest proved to be one of the most contentious issues around the whole refresh. It became clear that people found it useful to just scan the various sports to get an instant fix of what had been going on, before then checking out another area of the site.
So over the last few weeks we've looked again at how the Sport homepage is set out and I'm pleased to report that we've decided to bring back this collection of headlines.
It's an audience-inspired reprieve, if you like.
The bottom section of bbc.co.uk/sport now contains a list of headlines from each of the main 14 sections of the site, one from each individual sport. It's worth stressing that this area of the page is not supposed to be the definitive run-down of the top sports stories of the day (they will still be showcased in their full glory higher up the page); it is intended as a snapshot of the 'best of the rest' from around the world of sport.
I've said before that this re-design is a complex long-term project - and we will be introducing some more changes over the course of the summer to bring the whole site in line with the front page. I'll be back to explain more when that happens...