It looks like YouTube has started rolling out another major site redesign tonight. The latest site revamp has a much Google Plus-ier look and feel, but what really stands out is the fact that the site is now much more new channel recommendations-centric. YouTuber John Pham, aka phampants, shared some screenshots with us.
The last design featured a small “Suggested channels” section on the homepage sidebar, beneath a users Subscriptions and Trending videos. In addition to a smaller logo, the new homepage features a full row of Recommended Channels in a column on the right side, complete with very clear ‘Subscribe’ buttons. The same bar appears on users’ Subscriptions page.
On the video page front, there are two notable changes. For one, the navigation bar from the homepage now remains on the video pages as well. The second notable change is that the Subscribe button has moved below the video.
In my opinion, this makes a lot of sense. It is right there next to the like and dislike buttons, and the comment section, where most of the viewers put their attention. That being said, this is gonna be annoying for all those YouTubers that have made it a habbit of asking viewers to “click the button above to Subscribe!” Additionally, John Pham pointed out that he thinks the new subscribe button could be a lot more prominent. Do you think it gets lost in its new location?
We’ve reached out to YouTube for comment and will keep you posted on what we hear. In the meantime, has your account switched over to the new design yet? What do you think of it? Check out the screenshots of the old design below for comparison.
Update: A spokesperson for YouTube responded via email saying, “This looks like an experiment we’re running – one of many we constantly run to help users find and follow the videos that matter most to them.” We will see in the coming days if it is rolled out to more people and whether or not YouTube makes an announcement themselves. Let us know if you are updated to the new design!
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.