YouTube layout changes. Some people love them, whilst others find them a little bit irritating.
A thought struck me the other day whilst I was browsing through my Subscription Feed – this current YouTube layout is actually.. sort of.. almost.. as a whole.. rather good.
Of course, I remember ‘back in the day’ when YouTuber’s could properly customise their channel pages and add some colour and vibrancy to the wallpapers and channel banners. On a personal note, I used to love giving my gaming channel mini-makeovers depending on my mood or what I thought looked good at the time.
One of the many old YouTube layouts. Ew.
Fast forward to 2014 and we still have our channel banners, but with the arrival of Google Plus (which I’m not convinced by, partly because it’s shite) we’ve been left with a common design that carries across everybody’s user pages.
We’re able to change our banner images (provided they’re the right size) and the order in which our content is displayed, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to layout options. It sounds limited, but it’s actually a better system than what we had before.
Look at the layout now, though, and it’s tough to imagine things any other way. That’s great design.
If you look at ‘old’ YouTube layouts now, you’ll notice just how messy the website used to look. The modern upgrade is far cleaner and actually places a bigger emphasis on the content featured on channel pages. Thumbs up.
Remember the uproar when the comments section was altered to integrate Google Plus accounts? It was a necessary change, and has actually gone some way to reducing spam. Whilst the comments section is still flawed, it’s easily the best it’s ever been.
Above: The latest YouTube layout. Phwoar.
How about the moment when star ratings were replaced with ‘Like’ and ‘Dislike‘ thumbs? Carnage. Think about it now though, and it’s clear that this rating system is far better than it was before. The videos of ‘big YouTuber’s’ don’t get 5-star ratings day after day anymore, and you can actually see how popular these videos have become as they’ve spread.
My point here is this: Even though we may whine and moan about YouTube layout changes when the team over at Google announce them on the Creator’s blog, what we’re left with afterwards makes the website better than before.
What do you think of the current YouTube layout? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet us at @TubeChum.