A Quick Guide to the New Reddit Redesign

MakeUseOf | 5/17/2018 | Dan Price
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As regular Reddit users will know by now, there’s a new Reddit design rolling out. And to be honest, this revamp is well overdue. Reddit’s old layout looks more like a website from the late 2000s.

Along with the visual overhaul, Reddit has introduced a range of new features. And new features means learning where everything is and what it does. So, if you’re feeling a bit lost in the new Reddit, don’t worry, as we’re here to help you find your way around the new-look Reddit.

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Why Did Reddit Redesign the Site?

For a site that consistently ranks in the web’s Top 10 most-popular domains on Alexa.com and which boasts more than 540 million monthly visitors, Reddit was curiously underdeveloped.

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Profile pages were almost non-existent, offensive subreddits were allowed to run amok, and company-level oversight of the message boards was kept to a minimum.

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Reddit is embarking on a new mission to rid itself of the nastiest communities, users, and even memes. So expect fireworks for the next few weeks.

In many ways, the old site had been left behind. Indeed, before this April 2018’s redesign, not much has changed over the past decade. The site was no longer fit for purpose, neither for users (as a social medium) nor the company (as a data-collecting money maker).

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The situation was so bad that Reddit’s CEO, Steve Huffman, called the site a “dystopian Craigslist.” Something clearly had to change.

What’s New in the Reddit Redesign?

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Before we delve into the changes which affect you personally, let’s quickly summarize what’s changed from a design standpoint.

Underpinning the entire redesign is ease-of-use. For new users, Reddit’s previous interface was a confusing minefield. The complexity prompted us to write an article recommending the best Reddit apps and sites for newbies. The new version of Reddit is...
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