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TransLink.ca gets a brand new homepage

TransLink's new website homepage

New and improved!

Check it out—we’ve updated the look of our homepage!

The new look is cleaner, more sophisticated and has some awesome new features—and the changes are all made based on your feedback, plus improvements our web team has been working on.

A quick overview of what’s new:

  • there’s a new homepage rotating information box! Now we can put up big promos to let you know what’s new on the site, and you can even click the box to get to the information you need.
  • the Trip Planner widget and associated transit maps information has been better organized on the left side of the screen. Plus its second tab is now a widget for Google Transit searches! (Transit maps, which used to be in the second tab, are now more visible below the Trip Planner widget.)
  • the Buzzer blog posts are now embedded right on the homepage—yay! Although there’s a bit of a snafu—the homepage is pulling the body text of the blog posts, and not the headlines. Apparently this will be fixed soon.
  • there’s a new info box on the front page with two sections: What’s New and News Releases. What’s New helps you know what’s been updated on the site (even if it’s just minor changes) and News Releases shows what has been sent to the media lately.
  • a new, robust footer! If you’re wondering where all the links at the top of the page have gone, they’ve all been moved into this bigger better footer navigation section.
  • and a new RSS page has been created showing all the TransLink RSS feeds available.

You can also have a look at this page for even more details about these changes. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments, as always :)

Note: A few people have mentioned that the new homepage looks messed up on their browsers. Our web team has suggested that you clear your browser’s cache and cookies, which seems to work for most people. But give it a try and then let me know if you still have problems.


15 Comments

  • By David, September 21, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Your new homepage is all messed up when viewed using Safari. Isn’t there even one Mac at TransLink?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, September 21, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I have a Mac and it looks completely fine in Safari. Want to send a screenshot of your error to thebuzzer@translink.ca?

  • By Sheba, September 21, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    I keep wondering why the information on the site is presented in a long format when screens are wide. I don’t have the largest screen/resolution there is, and yet there’s a wide margin on each side. It feels like wasted space.

  • By Tim, September 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Looks about the same to me. Not much change at all.

  • By Sam, September 22, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    I use an up to date version of Firefox and can’t view the tabs for the left hand widget.

    I can only see “next bus” and “trip planner” as tiny text, and have to use the Trip Planner tool link at the bottom of the screen.

    Otherwise, it’s much clearer.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, September 22, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Sam, David:
    OK, for everyone who’s seeing a messed-up version of the homepage, our web team has suggested that you clear your cache and then try it again. This seems to work for most people who have had problems with the page. Give it a try and then let me know if you still have problems. I’ll also put this in the main post.

  • By Reva, September 22, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Using Firefox 3.6.9, and it looks perfect to me. Much better, more intuitive to use and easier find what you need.

  • By Paul C, September 23, 2010 @ 3:45 am

    I’m on firefox 3.5.13 and it looks fine to me.

  • By Trevor Linden, September 23, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Your site looks great, you guys did a tremendous job!!! I am proud to say that I use your services and website.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, September 24, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Trevor Linden? Really? Thanks for the kind words regardless :)

  • By Reva, September 27, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    Hi Jhen, there seems to be some kind of major error on the Translink homepage today — are they working on it?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, September 27, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    Reva: Not that I know of! Should be business as usual. Send a screenshot of the error to thebuzzer@translink.ca and I’ll pass it to the web people! Or if you can describe it pretty easily, feel free to write it up here.

  • By Reva, September 27, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    Jhen: you have mail. :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, September 27, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Received! And I believe we fixed the problem. (For those playing along at home: clear your cache AND your cookies. This apparently can help fix timeout issues with the customer feedback form, too.)

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