You nailed most of the thinking behind the things you commented on liking. A relief! I’ll respond briefly to a couple of your suggestions…
The text and images should be centered, but the images are a big bigger which is why the left edge doesn’t line up. We wanted to display images as large as we reasonably could, but as someone else here mentioned, pushing the body copy width much further starts to hurt readability.
Agreed and this is on our list to fix. Hopefully in the next week.
This is a good idea, and I’ve noted it down. We might not get to it in the next week while we continue to tidy, fix and tweak, though we are going to revisit comments to move the comment posting box back beneath the list of those previously posted.
Yeahhhh. We’d lose revenue, so can’t do this. We did tweak the spacing in the new header to cut down on some of the padding, along with changing the article spotlight, so there’s more content visible on the homepage without scrolling. There’s no getting away from homepage ads though.
(Unless you become a supporter )
Agreed. This redesign brought with it some backend modernisations, but by-and-large it was a frontend focused upgrade. We’ll hopefully be changing the backend sometime next year away from Wordpress, and that should bring a bunch of improvements to performance (and to workflow and things for staff.)
This is on our list to fix this week, and might already be fixed now. If anyone is still encountering the problem, let me know!