It has been a long time coming but we're proud to share with you the new What Hi-Fi? website. The site has been rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up, bringing a host of new features and functions as part of a site that works as well on desktop as it does on mobile.

This is the new look whathifi.com. A long time in the making, it's a complete overhaul on the inside and outside, with a new-look responsive design, a brand-new user reviews section, thousands more products, direct links to latest prices, a new and improved search, improved social sharing, more detailed tech specs and much more besides. You can log in using your existing whathifi.com username and password.

This is the Beta launch of the new site, so we're aware there are still bugs, and we will be making tweaks all the time, so we welcome your feedback (use the feedback tab on the right-hand side of any page to submit your gripes) on how we can make the new What Hi-Fi? even better. This is just the first phase of the site's redevelopment, there's plenty more in the pipeline. We're well aware that an increasing number of users frequently use the site on mobile devices, so it's been optimised for use on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop.

Allow us to explain some of the key changes in a little more detail. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to post them on our dedicated Forum thread about the new site.

 

 

New and improved product pages

The new What Hi-Fi? website has thousands more products. Product pages now deliver our expert reviews, your user reviews, a more thorough list of specs and the latest live prices from a range of retailers. The 'Jump To' panel will allow you to better navigate reviews, while social sharing buttons mean you can share breaking news and the latest reviews at the touch of a button.

The related news stories at the bottom of the page will soon be joined by a host of other related content to make our review pages even more useful, while you can also use the Tags at the bottom of each page to find more news, reviews, Best Buys and more.

One thing to note: if you do submit a user review, they all have to go through external moderation and there'll be a 24-48 hour delay between you posting the review and it appearing on the site. You'll receive an email to confirm that your review has been submitted for moderation.

And in due course we'll introduce special badges so you can become an Approved User Reviewer or Top Contributor if we think your reviews are up to scratch.

 

More after the break

Responsive design

This is the first version of whathifi.com that will look great on any screen size. Responsive web design means all the site's pages are designed to look good and be easy to navigate no matter whether you're on a computer, smartphone or tablet, and no matter the screen size. 

Text should be clearer and easier to read, while images and videos can be more easily embedded (bear with us on legacy content). It's the first time we've had a site that will look great on mobile, with easy access to the search bar and a new drop-down menu for navigating to product reviews, news, forums and more.

Improved search

Search on the old What Hi-Fi? site could be a frustrating affair, to put it mildly. We know how many of you use the search facility so we've worked hard to back search on the new site much, much better. If you're searching for a product, simply start typing and wait for the auto-suggestion to drop down. Click the product name to be taken straight to the product page.

You can also search by brands, product types, technical specs or anything else you fancy. With a whole new taxonomy and thousands of new products, we don't expect it to be perfect for every search - we are already experimenting with the search algorithims to find the very best results - and we welcome your feedback to help us make it even better.

Please keep in mind that this is the Beta version of the site and we will be constantly upgrading and improving it in the coming weeks.

Comments

cooljoff's picture

Blatant samsung support

I like the overall look of the new site but I can't get past the search bar at the top of the page with the helpful example of what to search for in it. It is bad enough you think we are all fools that don't know how to use a search bar but that it is so blatantly paid for by Samsung is annoying. I suppose Samsung will now enjoy a raft of 5 star endorsements. Please, though, at least don't let the Samsung marketers bully you into putting a bloody mobile phone as an example to search for! Im pretty sure the vast majority of your readers are still here to read about AV equipment. The fact its obviously a sponsored ad and the fact it is for a bloody mobile phone have really annoyed me. Tighten up!

Andy Clough's picture

Search bar

Actually cooljoff the Samsung S4 example in the search bar is not paid for by Samsung, it was put there just as an example by us. It can easily be changed, and certainly won't have any influence on our Samsung reviews.

Rockfan's picture

Hate it!

Too much white space (thought I'd zoomed to 150% by mistake), can't stand auto-play videos and still the links in the emails don't work for me.

chiefruninbull's picture

Not great on iPa

Adding comments on an iPad was a bit of a nightmare. After a few lines you can only do one letter at a time and the cursor doesn't like going back to insert. 

Other than that it's great!

Andy Clough's picture

iPad posting

Yes, there are some issues on the iPad we're aware of so please bear with us as we fix them.

manicm's picture

The new site is just so

The new site is just so sloooow. Using all these effects just for the heck of it? Get rid of the gimmicks, especially the way the News section loads. And like someone else said, too much wasted space.