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Nine years ago, a site that started out as a local newspaper soccer blog in New Jersey was born, and as the site formerly known as Soccer By Ives embarks on its 10th year, we have unveiled a new look.

SBI Soccer has a new, sleek design, with the folks at USA TODAY Sports helping us unveil a major upgrade to the design. This is our third different look since we launched the site as an independent outlet in 2008.

Give the new site a look, and feel free to let us know what you think of the new look, what changes you would like to see made, and what you like about the site version of SBI Soccer.

Share your thoughts below.

 

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  1. When viewing the site in portrait mode on an iPad, I like to double tap on an article’s text to have it expand to fill the screen. Doesn’t work now, the “Popular Posts” column expands itself and takes over half the screen and sits on _top_ of the article. WTF? Very frustrating.

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  2. Comments need time stamps, not just dates. You can’t see when people commented – doesn’t help with conversations and tracking what you’ve read already in long threads.

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    • And thank you, thank you, thank you, for keeping the ability to comment without logging in. Biggest reason I don’t post to most sites is having to log in with a common (read: trackable) ID.

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  3. As an addendum to THIS POST IN PARTICULAR (or any subsequent “site layout update” post), it would be cool if your WABAC machine could generate images of what the old layouts looked like. I’ve been a reader for years but forgot what it used to look like.

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  4. Gotta say, not sure I’m digging this. The link to all your other most recent stories, that used to be upper right and easy to see and click on and read is now buried under advertising, is quite small, and a newcomer wouldn’t even know these are links to other stories by SBI writers.

    Also, it’s weird that you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom to post an original comment.

    The whole thing feels cramped and less user friendly.

    Sorry to tell it like it is, love SBI and I’ll be here no matter what, but the site just feels like it’s taken a step in the wrong direction.

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  5. Is there anyway to log in without having to set up a WordPress webpage? I just want to register, I don’t want to set up a domain. I also tend to agree about the avatars taking up a lot of space.

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  6. three complaints. i don’t like that I have to log into my WordPress account (didn’t even realize I had one) in order to post simply because my email is in their system. would be cool to override that.

    the second, when you hit “reply” it does not open a box right there under the comment you are replying to. it takes you to the comment bow at the bottom of the comments pane.

    finally, allow more replies to a single comment thread. currently it goes: OP > Reply 1 > Reply 2. After that 2nd reply, the “Reply” button is removed.

    just a few thoughts.

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  7. wow! its cool, loads faster and saves data. me likey.
    Been a reader since 2013 but first time of dropping comments.
    zosef from Lagos, Nigeria.

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  8. I would like for the site to include more features that would upgrade the comment sections and or feature a members section. I think a lot of the draw to the site is the community of posters, lets expand on that.

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  9. what happened to all the links to other soccer websites? Was a great feature that made it really easy to always come to SBI first

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  10. I mostly like it! Loads really fast on my trusty iPhone6.

    Not crazy about the little avatars next to user names, as it takes up valuable trolling, rather, comment space. Very sharp font.

    We need more DC United coverage, as they are the only team that matters, and I’d like to suggest a MetroFail of the Weak feature, wherein we recount one of the many extensive failures from MetroBull history. ?

    Great work,

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  11. I support your site by generating traffic by visiting your site. But honestly the ads are just annoying, make shirts or stickers and sell them. But the ads slow down and ruin my experience and this is me who has visited your site since the blogspot times. More writing from you. This is soccer by Ives. Also it would be fun to have a rumor day during the week.

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  12. In the past I had problems with it loading so slowly, being very slow to respond when I entered comments, and things such as that. Initially this seems a lot better, so I hope that continues.
    To me format is not that important, content is more important so my main concern is how well the site functions at this point. One good thing is that it seems you have more articles listed and are readily available for viewing. So, all in all, it looks very promising.\

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  13. Honest review, the carousel with 3 images linking to article and then the most recent image linking to an article means that on mobile I have 2 of the same article stacked on top of one another. Previously, I could load this on my phone, swipe twice, and see the three main articles and decide if I wanted to read or not. This is something of a downgrade for me.

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  14. This isn’t a real site upgrade because everyone knows it’s more like SBI 2.0. Maybe add a roof or fences and I’ll accept the 3.0 terminology.

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  15. Looking pretty good on the mobile version, though the text overlays on photos should be tweaked; there’s white text on a white background that’s completely unreadable.

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  16. Ives, change the website all you want. Generate clicks, make money. Fine. But what I really want is more posts from you. I miss your analysis and the old school posts (i.e. you write the caption or old school Q&A).

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    • I first became aware of Ives when I read him at the Fox site several years ago and found myself agreeing with him almost always. Then he migrated to Goal.com. I think it’s rather ironic that if you want to read Ives you won’t find him on his own site, but have to go somewhere else.

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      • I’m sure the podcast is good, but I just don’t listen podcasts. So if that’s the only way to get Ives’ stuff, then that sucks.

    • Agreed. I have become fairly detached from this site, checking it more out of nostalgia than anything else. Ives, I feel as though I find very little original content here anymore. I definitely would be most interested in more content directly from Ives, but feel like I could get into others if it was interesting. However, most posts feel like a regurgitation of others stories as opposed to original features or insightful analysis. Don’t begrudge your payday at goal.com, but also no longer see the benefit of SBI outside the podcast, which I must say is stellar and I await each installment with excitement.

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  17. I need to see if there is a mobile and pc version, or if they’re both the same. Otherwise, I’d prefer to access the desktop version on my phone. This is my main beef with the MLS change, especially in light of the fact that they already have a specific app to download for mobile viewing. Besides all of that, it looks smooth and seamless…

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  18. Looking great Ives. Congratulations on your success. Really appreciate the perspective you and your contributors bring to the table.

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