ThunderThighs wrote:Not true. We've heard the sentiment in this forum and others that some don't like Woot Plus. It would be wrong to say that all wooters hate Woot Plus though. There are wooters that seem to like it but perhaps don't post as much.
I am a long time woot customer with 9 pages of "stuff you bought". I don't mind the woot plus deals. I do mind the implementation of the woot plus deals. The plus deals should all be on their own page, one page with all the plus deals. There are several benefits to this. You could move the /today page for each sub-site up a level. That would put the humorous description back where people, you know, the ones you want to spend money, want it to be. They would no longer have to click on the "continue reading" link. And you might even increase revenue. For example, home.woot has an expresso maker today. I am not interested in an expresso maker so I'm not going to visit home.woot today. There are 2 or 3 plus deals on the home.woot page that I will not see. The plus deals are not enough to make me want to visit 6-7 pages to see them all. But I would visit one plus.woot page and look at them all at once. And the overall woot site would slide back into being centered on the one item a day concept.
ThunderThighs wrote:I think the new site design can meet the desires of those that want the old design and those that like the new design.
The home page should be seen as a portal. It shows all the deals that are available for that day.
The home page is no more a portal than is the kids page. Or the sport page. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I don't want a portal. I want detail pages that are linked. I don't want to have to go from the woot portal page to the woot detail page to the home portal page to the home detail page to the home specs tab to the sports portal page to the home details page….and so on. Woot has needlessly complicated the one item a day concept.
ThunderThighs wrote:If you click through, you go to the detail page which is more what we had with the previous design but without the extra stuff (e.g. ads) and with easier to access information. Photos that are easier to find. Tabs to help navigate the information instead of a page that endlessly scrolled.
I liked the page that endlessly scrolled. I'm a proponent of having all the information in one place, not spread out under different tabs. When I check woot, actually, before woot got the corporate makeover, I checked woot on my phone. I looked at all the sites almost every night. 5-6 clicks and I had seen it all. That's because of the endless scrolling. Now I wait for the email and I might check the site when I get home from work at 6 in the morning. Maybe. If I remember there was something I wanted to look at. But I do remember to check out 1saleaday on my phone at work. The information on your site is not easier to access now.
ThunderThighs wrote:So please don't think that we've deserted our loyal wooters with the new home page design. We've given you what you want on the details page. If you prefer that page as your landing page for woot, just change your bookmark to /today for all the URLs (e.g. www.woot.com/today)
It's kinda the best of both worlds.
Except that it's not the best of both worlds. To use /today bookmarks means the links on the page become useless and you have to have multiple bookmarks. Here's an idea…why doesn't woot change the links on its page to go directly to the /today page? Because then people wouldn't see the plus deals? Move all of the plus deals to one page and link to it. A simple solution with multiple benefits.