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Starting today, we're rolling out an opt-in beta version of the site that will feature a new header, footer and updated game tiles. The new layout features a minimal design that includes all the key features from the current version. If you are interested in taking it for a test drive, click the "Take a look" option in the banner at the top of the website (or click here).

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Once you've given yourself some time to adjust to the new design, we'd love to hear your thoughts. You can leave feedback by clicking the link to the Google survey just below the new navigation.


Site Design Survey Results and Focus Groups

It's been a few months since we asked for your thoughts in our Site Design Survey and you've provided a load of excellent feedback for us to really sink our teeth into. Thank you!

Overall the comments were positive. You told us some of the reasons you love Nexus Mods and gave constructive criticism on the things we could do better. Here are just a few statements pulled from the results:

  • Only 43% of users said they visit Nexus Mods from a mobile device, with an average review of 6 out of 10. We'll be looking into the improvements and feature suggestions you sent in while working on our new designs for mobile.
  • When searching the site, around a third of you say that you sometimes resort to using an external search engine rather than the one built into the website. We also noted some really good feedback as to where our current search can be improved.
  • A lot of you really miss Mod of the Month being prominently shown on game homepages. We'll be looking into bringing it back into the spotlight in future revisions.
  • Many users have requested the ability to add more games to their favourites tab.
  • Users have also requested a better way of keeping track of their favourite content.
Were aware that there are other issues with the consistency of the site, and we will be working through these in the background. We have invested a lot of time talking to the users who were selected to join our initial focus groups about various ideas our design team had for changes to the site. We will be sending out invites to a few more of you over the coming days, so if you said you were interested in shaping the future of Nexus Mods, keep an eye on your PMs.


Introducing our new front end developer

For a long time, we've been unable to give the front end of the website the time and resources it deserves. This year we have made it a priority to improve this with the aim of delivering a much better experience across the entire site. This is no mean feat for a design project the size and importance of Nexus Mods and we wanted to hire someone to work very closely with our designer to implement new designs and functionality to bring the website to life.I am privileged to introduce the newest addition to the Nexus Mods team, themagickoala.

Hi, I'm Rory, aka themagickoala. I started at Nexus Mods in June as the new front end developer. Since then I've been hard at work on the redesign, starting with this new beta release. Some fun facts about me:

  • I used to work in cybersecurity, but switched to web dev because I liked looking at the pretty pictures I made;
  • I've also worked in predictive analysis and in the automotive tech industry;
  • I eat JavaScript for breakfast as part of a healthy balanced diet;
  • I am literally a koala.

What's next?

This is just the beginning of a much larger project. Our beta section will be running alongside the current Nexus Mods site. This will give us the opportunity to share new features and designs with you. When we are happy that we have developed the core features of the site, we will review all of your feedback and look at releasing beta. This will be announced well before the full release to ensure we have covered users feedback.

The next release will feature a new login and registration system. Once this goes live, users will be required to update their passwords. More news will be announced when were closer to releasing the feature.

What do you think of the new look? Let us know in the comments below.

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Am I blind, or does the UPDATES tab completely missing in the new design?

Other than that it seems nice, though without the updates tab I will not be using it as that is where I go 90% of the times I visit the site

Edited by Gummiel, 29 August 2019 - 12:13 PM.


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In response to post #72968773.


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It's moved to the Bell notification icon in the top right.

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In response to post #72968773. #72968813 is also a reply to the same post.


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It's the bell icon in the top right corner.

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In response to post #72968773. #72968813, #72968883 are all replies on the same post.


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The updates can be found when you click the little bell icon. As far as I can tell it doesn't directly show your notifications from the previous layout.

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Please do not cut off titles of hot mods after the first two, or at least make them show up on mouse hover.
https://imgur.com/a/80s84TJ

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In response to post #72968773. #72968813, #72968883, #72968898 are all replies on the same post.


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The new notifications menu currently only shows unread notifications, you can see all of them by clicking "see all".

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In response to post #72968773. #72968813, #72968883, #72968898, #72969003 are all replies on the same post.


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So guess I was blind then hehe, thanks everyone :), that does seem neat, guess it only shows unread(of which I have 0 currently, which I would actually prefer compared to the current old layout. will have to see what it actually looks like once I get some unread notifications :D

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Slick new icons near notification entries look cool but if you have several mods the mod preview images allow to better navigate the notifications from different mods. And I don't see the differences between the read and unread notifications on this new panel.

Edit: for some reason the DP report notification was not marked read when I clicked it. And Is it possible to show the read notifications there as it was in the old design?

Edited by Zur13, 29 August 2019 - 12:29 PM.


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In response to post #72969038.


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Please add that to your feedback in our survey.

Only unread notifications show by default. You can click "see all" to view the ones you've read :)




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