If you have visited YouTube today, or have been part of the beta test of the new site layout, then you have probably noticed that quite a few things have changed on the popular video hosting platform.
The two major changes of the new layout are that the sidebar menu is not displayed permanently on the left anymore, and that the layout is now centered and not aligned to the left site anymore.
If you are signed in when you visit YouTube, you are taken to the What to Watch page right away that offers a mix of popular videos in the country you are living in, and below that the latest subscription updates.
The sidebar menu is still there, but Google has moved it behind the menu button next to the YouTube logo at the top left corner of the screen.
When you click on it, the full sidebar menu is displayed to you along with all the links that used to be displayed permanently on the left on YouTube.
This includes Playlists and Subscriptions, as well as links to watch later, your history or your channel.
Here is a list of direct links that you can use to open these pages directly on YouTube without having to go through the menu to do so.
- Your Subscriptions: http://www.youtube.com/feed/subscriptions
- Manage Subscriptions: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_manager
- Your social feed: https://www.youtube.com/feed/social
- Your viewing history: https://www.youtube.com/feed/history
- Watch Later listing: https://www.youtube.com/feed/watch_later
- Browse channels: https://www.youtube.com/channels
- The YouTube dashboard: https://www.youtube.com/dashboard
- YouTube account settings: https://www.youtube.com/account
The channel page two has been updated. The main channel page still displays the channel owner's recent activity, upload, related colleagues and channels, and other information, but also links to the new playlists and video pages.
What appears to be rather strange is that the "all videos" listing only lists most recent videos by default, and that you need to click on the "all videos link" after scrolling horizontally for some time to get to a page where you can view all uploaded videos.
The new YouTube layout puts the focus on videos by removing the sidebar menu from view for all users. Users who have used the menu regularly to browse specific contents on YouTube will have to click more to do the same.
What's your take on the re-design of the YouTube website? Is there anything that you like in particular or dislike?