The New Tea Page
Hi Steepster Fans!
We’re really excited to unveil what we’ve been working on for a while, an all new tea page! It’s got a fresh coat of paint and a few fancy new features too. Just like the old tea page, you can add the new information using the “Edit tea info” link on the tea page.
We hope you like it and continue helping us create the best place for online. For more details about the update, check our latest blog post here: http://blog.steepster.com/post/75313585524/introducing-a-brand-new-tea-page
Here’s to the future!
Everything looks great! I can’t wait to explore the new features!
It looks awesome! Thanks for the great work.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but honestly, I kind of really hate the new tea page layout, very messy where the old layout was nice and clean, lots of clutter and duplicate or useless info, especially having just excerpts/snippets of the tasting notes visible is really annoying (though it turns out they’re just needless duplicates and the full notes we want to read are still there, just hidden way way way down at the bottom of the page). Also the description should be up near the top not hidden down below, if anything i’d switch it with that new details box that’s currently empty on everything, the tea’s description is far more useful and is the first thing many people want to read. Also I’d put the similar tea panes down at the very end of the page or in a sidebar like they were before, they interrupt the tea’s page and at first I didn’t even see the full tasting notes below them. And nix the snippets/pull quotes duplicated above please, those are really annoying having to either click through or scroll way down to read the rest of a note.
Also, the whole big buy now/notify when available button is just really really weird. Is steepster trying to become some kind of platform for selling teas instead of a neutral reviews/discussion forum? Plus It labeling most teas as not available is oddly deceptive, because most of them still are actually for sale at the various tea vendors that actually sell them.
Yes, as a vendor we are really upset about the “not available” thing. We’ve been contacted by someone upset that we had taken their favourite tea off the market!
Absolutely agree. Also tacking on that the font seems to have changed and I find it harder to read.
+1 to moving similar teas to the bottom of the page (I go to a tea page because I want to read the tasting notes. Having the tasting notes as the very LAST thing on the page seems counter-intuitive. I end up scrolling for a long time to get to the stuff I care about).
+1 to the “Notify When Available” button being weird (I just ignore it since I buy directly from tea vendors anyway. It does seem like a waste of space since EVERY tea says it’s not available).
+1 to new font being harder to read (although I think I can get used to this one).
I agree completely too, I’ve tried to ignore the “Notify When Available” box but it’s really starting to grate on me now. It is strangely deceptive, especially for new members as it looks like that tea is simply out of stock or old stock.
Also not a fan of the font but that is a minor issue for me.
I was hoping that with the update I would be able to easily find my own steeping notes from a previous time without having to trawl through them all.
I like a lot of the new changes, but I agree that the layout for the tea page is more cluttered than I would prefer. I’d remove the snippets as they’re distracting and don’t really offer anything. And yes, the vendor’s description of the tea should be much closer to the top – maybe right above the “From Our Community” section?
I do like that it shows who has the tea, and who wants it. That will make swapping much easier.
I also like the added fields for ingredients and flavours. I think that will be really useful for searching, and for better reviews.
I agree with Cavo completely. Plus the duplication of content looks bad with any search engine, especially when it’s on the same page. I love the look and feel of the excerpts, I just want them where they were, because I’d read them last, and usually after I reviewed a tea. I do however want to see the description and ingredients right away, above everything.
I completely understand the link to buy tea — you guys have to make money! — and I’m happy to support you. At the same time, I think the language needs changing so that it’s more clear – the tea IS available, just not via Steepster, yet. Teas that do go out of stock or are unavailable (like Verdant, or 52 Teas) would need this designation, for instance, and different from “buy me” links.
Also, the rounding up of numbers for the measurements has to change. 0.25 tsp is VERY different than 1 tsp, or as it’s being listed right now, 0 tsp.
Having said all that, I love the feel, I love the who owns the tea part, I love the additions to the tasting notes, and I love the image enhancement.
… would also LOVE small little checkboxes that show, just like the who wants and who has these teas, the following: who wants to SWAP this tea, who wants to SELL this tea.
Yes. That is what I was just about to say, MissB.
I could live with the new design, it’s more streamlined, but do agree with the other comments, MissB has said as well as Sansnipple and Cavocorax.
I think sansnipple, Dexter3657, Cavocorax, & MissB are correct that the tea page layout is too busy. Clear, simple & concise are always appreciated.
Overall, I think the new tea page is awesome :)
The “Similar Teas” section is a great idea!
The only thing I think is unnecessary is the review snippets, especially since the full reviews themselves are at the bottom. I also think the vendor tea description should be moved up, maybe instead of the snippets. It’s one of the first things I look at when browsing a new tea and it makes sense that it would be more centrally displayed.
Good work the page looks amazing!
Okay, I waited to comment on this until I’d played with things awhile, and it is official. I love the new tea page, but the tea description and company info need to be back at the top. It is starting to get annoying having to scroll around to find them.
My inbox keeps crashing. It won’t even load just closes my browser
Is the “Flavor” field not the same as the “Ingredients” field? (Taxonomy vs Folksonomy)
I tried to enter a flavor in a recent tea tasting note and it wouldn’t stay. Then I clicked on “Suggest Flavor” and it opened my e-mail inbox. After I sent the recommendation (Artificial), it brought me back to the tea page, where the Tasting Note had never been saved and I had to start over.
This just happened to me! It’s particularly frustrating because the “Flavor” field is the last thing at the bottom of the page, so I had already written out my note!
FYI: I discovered today that if you just click in the box, a dropdown menu appears with a ton of options.