It’s been long overdue, but it’s coming soon. Reddit has announced a brand new redesign, that brings a fresh new feeling and several new options to the “front page of the internet.”
For most, Reddit’s look and feel seems to be more reminiscent of a throwback to the Internet back in the 90’s – or the early 00’s, to say the least. Even the company’s CEO, Steve Huffman – aka u/spez has berated its design as a “dystopian craigslist.” But Reddit is trying to change its image and is now bringing on a redesign that could re-define its purpose.
Reddit announced the redesign and the new options that are coming to the platform with it, although only a small percentage of users have access to an early version so far. Overall, the redesign – the first major change in the platform’s code in 12 years – creates a “base code” for further features that are already in the pipeline or that will result from user feedback. Among others, it introduces multiple view options, infinite scrolling, and a posts editor that has been upgraded significantly.
It is thought that the changes will help the platform appeal more to new users. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.
Change My View
Users will be able to have Reddit set up according to their “personal viewing preferences:” In Card view (with auto-expanded gifs and images), in Classic view (with a similar feel as the iconic Reddit look: clean and concise), or Compact view (with posts condensed to make titles and headlines most prominent).
Infinite Scroll & Updated Comments Experience
Infinite scroll lets users scroll and scroll and let the content never end. There’s also a new “lightbox” that brings content and comments together, allowing users to “instantly join the conversation, then get right back to exploring more posts.”
Fancy Pants Editor
Users can still use markdown while posting, but it isn’t required anymore. They can simply use the new editor that even allows them to post images and text in the same post.
Reddit says that in the next few weeks, all moderators will be given access to the new features, as the redesign needs to be in “good shape” for when testing is extended to more redditors. After that, beta users will get access, and then based on feedback, the final rollout will take place to all. You can join as a beta tester, here.