Some Things are Changing at Gizmo's Freeware

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Later this year we will be launching a new look for the Gizmo's Freeware website based on a responsive theme. i.e. one that adapts the presentation according to the size of the screen on the device being used to access the site.

This is in recognition that over 20% of our users now view the site on mobile devices, a figure predicted to increase to over 50% within 3 years.

Don't worry, we are not changing the mission of the site or its content, just the way it looks.  Gizmo's Freeware will continue on just the way it has for the last eight years.

In preparation for this new look we are making some small changes to the navigation of the current site prior to the cutover. So for example, the top menu that appears on all pages is now organised by platform rather than function. We will also make a few other minor changes in the coming weeks while we try out different options and refine what works best. So be prepared that things may not look the way they normally do and also for the possibility of changes coming and going on a day-to-day basis

When we are a little further progressed I'll call for volunteers from our regular readers to act as beta testers for the new look site so we can iron out any bugs prior to cutover. I'll make an announcement about this at a future date.

Thanks in advance for your patience.


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Looks like a good time for a couple of suggestions.

Allow login to persist across sessions--if not by default, then by opt-in.

Have "Bookmark this" and "Printer-friendly version" links in an easier-to-find spot such as at top of page. As with "Login" you could still keep these links also between the article and the comments.

I hope you don't do it. I have seen several websites across the world with the exact reason you mentioned that "over 20% of our users now view the site on mobile devices, a figure predicted to increase to over 50% within 3 years" and made the website responsive. I should also noted that they are very pro websites with huge budget but the results are awful. enormous number of comments showed how bad the new website is. those websites faced sudden decrease in visitors.

I really hope you put a second thought on your decision. I really enjoy techsupportalert :)

Hopefully the new look has a flat minimalistic theme

A request for your 'new look' site, please make sure its visually accessible to readers / viewers with visual impairments who use large text. My netbook, with it's 1024x576 screen, cannot fit some programs because my screen size is too small. An example is the Disk Defragmentation from Auslogics, which won't even install.

Great! Hope you keep the nice clean design. I like the existing colours too 8^)