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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Google Webmaster Tools Redesigned

Google gave their Webmaster Tools site an overhaul. The left hand navigation now has an expand and collapse menu. On their motivation behind the changes, Google explains, “Over the years we’ve constantly been adding and updating new features. The result was a set of tools we’re pretty proud of – but also a site that had become pretty unwieldy and often difficult to navigate ... Features are now grouped together in three categories: Site configuration (where you provide Google with information about your site), Your site on the web (where you can view Google data about your site), and Diagnostics (where you can get reports on any problems we encountered crawling your site). Our goal was to make stats and data more discoverable, while removing redundant pages and features (such as Index stats) that cluttered the interface and reproduced information available elsewhere.”

For instance, here’s the old settings page:

And the same in the new app:

[Thanks Hebbet!]


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