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Site Improvements at DepositAccounts.com


Site Improvements at DepositAccounts.com

You might have noticed some changes here at DepositAccounts.com. My technical partner has been busy in making these improvements. Our main goal is to make the site faster and easier to use. One way we did this was to fit more of the content on the screen so visitors won't need to scroll down right away when loading a page. Also, the graphic changes should result in faster load times. The old search box was hard to find in the middle of the sidebar so we moved the search box to the standard location in the upper right corner. The forum link was also hard to find. It's now moved over to the left of the top menu next to the blog link. We also made some changes to the top menu that should make selecting the rate tables a little bit easier.

Home Page Changes

The overall goal with these home page changes is to make it a bit easier for first time visitors to see what we have to offer. Long-time readers should also find these changes helpful, but if not, just bookmark the blog page which has essentially the same old format. If you want to keep up-to-date with a little more content, you may also want to bookmark the latest forum posts page.

Here are few of the changes of the new home page:

Popular Blog Posts automatically updates every day to show which recent stories on the site have been the most viewed in the past 7 days.

Hot Forum Threads works the same way as Popular Blog Posts but highlights forum threads instead.

Featured Reviews highlights reviews that I and readers have written about on some of the more popular banks.

Featured Poll is to highlight a single poll we want to get more results on. Currently they are only embedded in blog posts and often go unnoticed after a day or two. To see the results of the poll, just move your mouse over the graph.

Calculators and Tools highlights the two calculators we currently have. If you have suggestions for other calculators, please leave a comment.

Bank Reviews

We now have a page dedicated to bank reviews with a new menu item. The top item on this page is a button to make it easy for people to leave a review of their bank or credit union. The second top-most item on this page is a search box to find your bank or credit union. This will take you to our hub page for that bank or credit union. Each hub page has up to four tabs. These include links to my previous blog posts, rate tables, financial health info and readers' reviews. All banks have at least the health and readers' reviews tabs.

We will be adding a "Bank Health Reviews" sub item to this "Bank Reviews" menu to highlight the financial health statistics we have for each bank and credit union. To learn more about our health ratings, please refer to the post, Evaluate the Health of Your Bank.

Summary

As I mentioned, our main goal is to make the site faster and easier to use. Constructive feedback is appreciated. Feel free to leave a comment in this post, or in our site feedback forum. Also, as I mentioned, if you prefer the old blog site, just bookmark the blog page. From here I plan to continue my daily blog postings of the best bank deals just like I've been doing since 2005.


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Comments
12 comments.
Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Ken, your technical partner rocks!  This site is full of easy-to-find info, and it has always been easy to maneuver.  I trust any changes you guys make will only improve the site.  I believe showing just the title and first few lines of the blog is beneficial to compressing all titles into one page for easy viewing/selection.  I'm also a big fan of your bank "health" pages - a quick and easy way to check out the strength of a potential bank.  Keep up the good work!

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Kudos’s to both of you for improved web site. Some bloggers think five years to lock in rates is a long time. However, we have been with you for over five years and took advantages of Pentagons great rates then, all due mid 2011. So it’s back to the drawing board.  The thing we miss the most is your tip jar? How do we send you a couple of bucks?

Rate chasers

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Comment #4 by jshannon posted on
jshannon
The font is smaller and line spacing less, so harder to read.

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Is "improvements" a euphemism for "feature creep?"

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Comment #7 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Love this new site. Each time you revise it we get more useful information and all in one place. Love that you have also made the site faster, easier on the eyes and so much more convenient. Thanks for all the work you do for your readers. First read about your site in one of the money magazines and have read it nearly every day since.

I had in the past always used the papers and magazines in the library to chase rates and this is so much easier, and so much less time consuming. We have added substantially to our earnings and income because of you. Thank you

 

 

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Put back the "Thumbs Down" button for a comment.  Why have only a "Thumbs Up" when one can't express that the article was not helpful.  Only accepting positive feedback is like only allowing Democrats to vote in the elections.  Both parties should have an equal voice.

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Comment #10 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
@8

Funny how I was looking for "Thumbs Down" for another comment I read for this post.  That needs to be put back.

I have to say I love the smaller banner...first thing that stood out.  More vertical space for content...I like it.

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Comment #11 by richie not so rich (anonymous) posted on
richie not so rich
I'm afraid I find the color scheme, the red on blue, very distracting and hard to read.  I'd go back to blue and black or some other colors on a white background.  Thank you.

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Comment #12 by Sarah N (anonymous) posted on
Sarah N
I love the new location of the search box.

However, the new color scheme makes the site almost completely unusable.  Most of the links vanish into the background--I only found the comment link by clicking around where I thought it should be, and the black-on-blue text has poor contrast and is very hard to read.  Please go back to a basic color scheme like black text on a white or cream background!

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