Welcome To The New TheSixthAxis

Welcome to the new look TheSixthAxis homepage, just in time for Eurogamer Expo. Never before have we so rigorously tested, changed and rebuilt a modification to the site, but finally, after about a month, we’re happy with it.

It’s a little different, but allow us to assure you that everything’s still there, it’s all just moved around a little to make reading the homepage, which was previously nothing more than a vertical list of posts, a bit more interesting.

It’s also much more tablet friendly – the visitor numbers of readers reaching the site on iPads and other tablets have shown that there’s a real requirement to change the way our stories are displayed, and although it now fits perfectly onto most tablets, it still fits within the standard 960px width so laptops and desktops should be absolutely fine.

Posts are arranged into sections, largely chronologically, with breaks every now and again where we highlight our featured articles, like reviews, previews, features and our community posts. When a post is something we really want you to read, it’ll be subtly labelled ‘hot’ and will feature red visuals. Otherwise, posts are blue.

You’ll be able to see what each post is about directly from the homepage – that means you can see if it’s a review, or news, or a feature, and you’ll also be able to see who’s written it, when, and which formats it’s for. So if it says [PS3], it’s about a game or service on the PS3. Multiple formats just say ‘multi’, though, for clarity.

You’ll also see an image for every post, something we’ve not done for a while, and hopefully that’ll make picking out the stories you want to read all the easier.

We truly hope you like what we’ve done, but if you don’t that’s fine and we’re not bigheaded enough to force it on you – the ‘blog’ style version will still be accessible at this alternative homepage – https://www.thesixthaxis.com/vertical – so feel free to jump between the two, at least at first, and pick your favourite.

We’ve also made a couple of smaller changes around the site – the homepage should now load much faster (the loading of images is delayed until the browser window reaches them, for example) – and there’s a few minor cosmetic changes to the story pages.

Naturally, with things like this, there’ll be elements we’ve missed and that’s where you (hopefully) come in. Let us know in the comments and we’ll pick up any issues over the next few days.

And remember that our super-light mobile site is still the same.

A gentle reminder that we’re (almost) all down at Eurogamer Expo this week and weekend, so whilst the numbers of posts might not be quite as high for a few days we’re available for chats and a beer or two if anyone fancies it. The easiest way is to ping us on Twitter at @thesixthaxis and we’ll respond if we can.

Finally, thanks once again to everyone that visits, posts and spreads the word, and to those that helped test the new homepage. We truly appreciate it, and more than you might think.

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98 Comments

  1. The random soild bars that go stright across the screen kind of break up the flow abit, other than that its pretty nice.

  2. thank f**k for the revert button…
    page layout’s gonna take some time to get used to..

  3. I always hate change, especially to layouts where more scrolling to see everything is required! But I’ll try it for a while, probably just takes a while to get used to, otherwise I’ll switch back to the vertical layout which was pretty damn near perfect anyway!

    • There’s not actually more scrolling. We now actually fit in more posts per screen than before. Try it for yourself.

      A little more moving your eyes to the right, sure. =)

  4. better than the last update

  5. To start with it was a bit of a shock to the system. You’ve had the list format for so long. I wasn’t sure about It to begin with but didn’t want to jump straight onto the revert to vertical bandwagon, having used it a lot today I’ve very quickly grown to really like it. It looks clean, crisp and sophisticated. I agree that it does feel a little all over the place at times for example with the discussed and forum bit seeming to pop up at random but its something I’ll get used to. Been operating purely from a tablet and its eliminated the occasional issue to missing the link I was aiming for so that’s good!
    Really well done to Alex and all involved, I look forward to seeing the future tweaks and how it evolves :-)

    • thanks, that’s the spirit!

      we can iron out any issues down the road. after EGX.

  6. Already found the revert to vertical option and will use it everytime. The new look is far too clutered. The old version you have the latest news stories from top to bottom of the page, so you dont miss anything. Its to easy to miss some articles in the new layout.

  7. I’m not overly keen, but then I don’t really like change, lol! Anyway, you guys have made it really easy to use the old format (which I wasn’t expecting!), so it’s all good!

  8. I’ve had a browse on both my ipad and my note, and I like it. Yes it will take some getting used to, but I like the speed and the layout looks nice and fresh.

  9. I like it. It looks great on my iPad :)

  10. I’m cofused help
    Seriously it looks colourful and cheery i’m just glad i can revert back to how it looked,a bit like the back button when playing Halo anniversary.8)

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