(Closed) Think I'm done on WB..

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 31
Member
963 posts
Busy bee

Honestly, when I first joined the old wedding bee I hated the layout. I thought it was difficult to maneuver, I never knew where I was posting, I thought it was horrible. 

But I got use to it, and pretty fast. Now, I’m feeling a bit of the same way. Like I’m not a fan of the new layout, it’s hard to figure things out… but I know I’ll get use to it if I give it time. 

Plus, it looks like they’re working out the kinks but also taking suggestions which is nice. 

Post # 32
Member
1914 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I completely understand your sentiments. I won’t be marathoning on here the way I used to, but I’m going to try to stick it out a little longer to see how the changes go. Plus I am still in the middle of planning my wedding and I do like having the support.

 

Post # 33
Member
925 posts
Busy bee

jenilynevette:  Obviously they are making money. The point is, we do not have to pay for it. Wouldn’t you expect to earn money if you created a really popular website with so many members? 

Post # 34
Member
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yeah I hate it too. It’s hard to navigate and running crazy slow. But like most things around here I doubt things will become more user friendly and if we don’t like it we will just have to leave. 

Post # 35
Hostess
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

 

countingstars:  Sure, making money is fine. But, they are making money because of it’s users. If users start leaving and they aren’t advertising to as many people, they will probably lose some of their advertising money. This is my point. They should make it so people WANT to stay.

I don’t think making a carbon copy of a certain other wedding website was the best way to go.

Now would be the perfect time for someone to step in a create another more user friendly website.

Post # 36
Member
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I thought it was just me. I loved this site but hate this new layout. Change is good but not thus one. It sucks! 

Post # 37
Member
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

abbie017:  so don’t open a post which has a title that clearly indicates what the content is going to be about.

Post # 38
Member
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

 

pinkshoes:  I agree with you on the phone/tablet point. MUCH easier to use.

But, as others have said, many of us have an emotional connection with the website (that sounds super corny but I couldn’t figure out any other way to put it), which has made this whole new look sort of difficult. I realize its just a website, but I have relied on it for years for countless pieces of advice. To me it was a network of interconnected women relying on eachother for imput, advice, and to celebrate achievements and big news, mourn losses, etc.

I was a lurker on the bee  year or so after I met my husband-to-be. Even though I am not an avid poster, and actually didnt even make a profile until AFTER I got married, I relied immensely on the advice of the amazing women on this board. When my husband and I were dating, I felt joy (and jealousy) when others were proposed to, stalked the waiting threads a bit, crept around the ring boards and admired other the other ladies jewelry. I found the exact engagement ring I wanted on this board and received it when my husband proposed.

In my “planning” stages, I used this website to figure out a creative way to ask my bridesmaids to be in my wedding, I used it for etiquette questions, I used it to figure out when to send out save the dates and invitations.

Finally, I designed my wedding around concepts I found among this group of posters. I found gorgeous centerpieces which I replicated, and found some great local deals here as well. I actually took pieces of other bees’ ceremonies since I couldnt find one I liked online. I got help with literally every aspect of my wedding, which is a profoundly important and emotional milestone in someone’s life.

While I am adapting to this new interface, I think what bothers me the most is that it is so foreign.

I guess what it boils down to is the fact that the new format feels largely commercial, impersonal, and cold, if that makes sense. 

Sorry for the essay, I was just trying to pinpoint why the change has been difficult for many members. I hope what I wrote makes sense.

Post # 39
Member
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Public Service Announcement: If the ads are making people miserable and you use Google Chrome, I highly recommend the AdBlock Plus extension.  Life changing, no more ads clogging this or any other site (including facebook!) up!

Post # 41
Member
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree. The white is blinding and very tough on the eyes. I don’t come on the site as much as I used to and this is the first time I’ve seen the new layout. It’ll take awhile to figure it out, which I don’t mind, but the brightness is dizzying. That would be my first suggestion to correct asap.

Post # 42
Member
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

abbie017: I wish I could be as perfect as you all the flipping time!

Post # 44
Member
9100 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would have never signed up if this was the layout when I first came around. I didn’t have any problems with the old layout, it was quick, I could find things easily, the search function is still a little winky wonky but that’s NBD. They had features that were useful. The only useful feature I’ve seen so far is the “Select all” button in the messages. They’ve taken away a lot of features that users liked and enjoyed and replaced it with sub-par ideas. The idea of updating a layout (or anything, really) is to make it more useful than the last version.<br /><br />When your idea has taken ten steps backwards, it should be apparent you’ve made a very poor choice.

Post # 45
Member
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The things that are annoying users are for the most part, not bugs. They are conscious decisons made to not include features that Bees asked for,sometimes for years, and were finally implemented on the old site.

Bugs, we can all understand.

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