Should Weird Asia News Be Redesigned?
October 4, 2013 | by 孫子

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Hello there, fans of the weird.

I have been toying with the idea for a year or so, about redesigning WAN, partly to look more like a real news site and partly to clean up some old code that makes things break or run slower than normal.

I was actually looking at this theme as a starting point for a redesign -> http://firestarter.themeflames.com/

However, before we go down that route, I wanted to ask what you all thought.

Do you like the current design or think that we should have a new one?
If you think we should change, can you suggest any sites you really like to help inspire a redesign?

Please leave your comments below and thank you very much for being a reader of our humble Weird Asia News site. :)

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孫子
Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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8 Comments
  • As an avid reader of WAN, I am the type that like familiarity, but as a site owner and editor myself, I also like to keep up with the overall preferences of the readers. As much as it’s nice to stay the same and feel safe and comfortable, you often give up on the great possibilities that await. 
    IMHO, websites that can change without weeks upon weeks of work, should update about every 3 years. You’ll always get those who complain, but if they are loyal, they’ll live thru it and adapt. The end result could free up space, speed the site up and create more traffic.
    I will continue to read and sample content (always with due credit and link backs of course) as I happen to see the nitch and unique value of WAN.
    Keep up the great work!
    Scott McMan                                                                                                                                                   GhostTheory.com                                                                                                                                        MuldersWorld.com

  • I am a programmer and web designer with 30 years of experience behind the keyboard.  I have often said that there is a Peter Principle that applies to software and web sites, that they are continually “improved” until they become unusable (unusable because they’ve been improved to the point no one likes them anymore).  Look around you and see the truth of those words.  Remember the sites that you used to visit, but stopped because they changed.  Remember the software you used to love, but no longer use because the new version “just isn’t the same”.  Now, fix what you need to fix to make the site function smoothly and well, but leave the redesign for your competition.  Eventually they’ll redesign themselves out of business.

  • Patrick B Steg  
    I’ve often seen the other side of the coin, where a site never changes and grows stagnate. Do you use a smart phone or a  rotary dial? I understand your point, but you also talk like the site would change so dramatically, that it would be foreign. There is a delicate balance in change. That’s why it’s important to get input like this.
    Sure, you keep a few people happy by never changing, but what of all the people who don’t come here right now? Or those who have visited and don’t like the design? Is WAN drawing 500K pgvws a month or more? A million pgvws? 10 million? It’s all well and good to do something because you like it, but if you never quit your day job, it eventually becomes your night job and starts to loose the luster. Eventually you want to make money and not just peanuts. If you happen to be under 45, then risk tends to have more reward and you can always recover. If you are 50 or older, then it becomes more of scary proposition. If I would have taken more risks in my 30s, I think I’d probably be doing what I dream of now (becoming a philanthropist).

    I have no problem with a limited redesign, but sometimes you have to take those risks. You can always change back if numbers drop off. You can also make sure people know that you are beta testing and that the site can potentially revert back.
    A facelift every few years is a good thing IMO.

  • Enjoy the stories on your site…they are truly weird!  I’m a teacher and often use them in my advanced English conversation classes for adults, which I teach on the exotic island of Jeju off the southern Korea coast…itself the site of much Weird Asian News!  One suggestion, though, sometimes it is difficult to tell the original posting date of archived stories unless there is some trick to it I’ve not yet discovered.  So, would love to see the original publication date clearly indicated.  Otherwise, keep up the good job!

  • Andre Manuel da Silva

    I like very much the news in this site, but I wold prefer a new design for the site, with a more clean and simple look.
    Continuation of a good job :)

  • I only ever visit the weird-news front page.  It could look a little neater.  I’d like it if it displayed more than just the most recent headline.

  • Mirae of Jeju

  • Weird Asian News. 3 words.
    Is this website should look like more to a  Weird website, an Asian website or a News website.
    To my point of view Weird and Asian are the most important concepts. So a news website template could not be the best idea. Futhermore, I’m also a webdesigner, and I’m agree with http://www.livefyre.com/profile/22602297/

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