The new MiddleEasy site is here, so what do you think?

The new MiddleEasy site is here, so what do you think?

Initially I planned this article to be a manifest of why we changed the site, until I realized that I needed to lock my car door since there are a lot of crazies out there in Hollywood for July 4th.

So it's simple, folks. In the past we talked about fighting, gaming, TV/Film, and science on MiddleEasy while still forcing it to revolve around this construct we call 'MMA.' Now we're opening MiddleEasy to all of those topics.

Don't worry, we're still going to talk about MMA, obviously. It would be silly to alienate the MiddleEasy fanbase like that. However, we are going to talk about gaming, scientific discoveries, and maybe even a little kickboxing and Breaking Bad thrown in for good measure.

Essentially, MiddleEasy is more of what you want. If you don't want to read our thoughts about the Xbox One, then stick to the Fighting tab on the top of the site. It's all there folks, for your pleasure of course.

We're going to re-open registrations tomorrow morning, so you will have to sign up again -- which is good because a lot of you lost your passwords anyway. We have so much planned for registered users, including -- yes -- a MiddleEasy Message Board with a point system.

Anyway, enough of me talking. What do you think of the new site?

Last modified onFriday, 05 July 2013 09:12
Zeus @MiddleEasy

Zeus is represented by Galactus in his avatar image because he has an immature obsession with Marvel when they went all sci-fi back in the mid 80s. I'm the creator of MiddleEasy and Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Just kidding about the Nickelodeon stuff, but that would be really cool.

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+74 # Krusty 2013-07-05 00:52
The new layout is very confusing.
Its cool but confusing
+86 # TickToothRuth 2013-07-05 07:36
It's not really cool, but it is certainly confusing as a result of poor UX design.

Zeus & co, you've no doubt anticipated that any change to the site will inevitably lead to a certain amount of dissent, but don't ignore what people are saying, the wisdom of the crowd is almost always right.

I understand the reasons from a business perspective, you feel the need to change things up, having I guess plateaued in monthly visits and ad revenue. However, this is not the way to do it.

The new UX is absolutely dreadful. It is really, really woeful on every level. From layout, to use of fonts, spacing. You really need to sit your design and development squad down and threaten them with having to lick out Mark Hunt's Staph infection if they don't rectify this.

Mashable is a great example of what you are trying to do, done right.

I understand you may have done some research and found that your typical user is interested in MMA, Gaming, 'Entertainment' whatever that absurdly broad brush stroke is supposed to mean, and science.

However, your research should also have uncovered that a lot of people really hate it when you talk about games when they are trying to read about MMA.

I visit the site multiple times per day on a number of devices and I only want to read about MMA from you. I don't mind you covering other stuff - I get you need to do that, but please, if I select MMA, don't clutter my feed with the other stuff I'm not interested in. It's really, really annoying and ruins the enjoyment of the site.

Sorry to be such a miserable bastard, web development is an iterative process after all, but I think you will lose a substantial portion of your core users if this isn't resolved really quickly.
-9 # heyjd 2013-07-05 13:47
wtf. i posted about how fucking annoying every single gaming post was on every single gaming thread and i got downvoted yet this guy explains it and you all jump on? i go to gaming sites for gaming and i go to mma sites for mma news. this site is now the ugliest fucking website i visit. it was fine now it just over the top bullshit logos in my face no borders looks like fucking MYSPACE on acid. it bothers me to even look at this fucking site now. i will stick to cage potato until you dick fucks can figure your shit out
-much love as always
+5 # brandaosmom 2013-07-05 14:10
To be fair, if you posted in every single gaming thread then the people reading your comments would probably be those who are interested in reading gaming articles.

I think a good compromise would be: don't click on gaming articles if you don't want to read about gaming on an MMA website, and middleeasy could be more selective about their gaming coverage and maybe not post multiple gaming articles in a row like they did a little while ago.
-5 # heyjd 2013-07-05 15:08
damnit your logic is correct. however i like middle easy but they are driving me away with stupid out dated posts about video games and shoe water repelent. that shoe video is like 4 months old how in the fuck is that news?..... middleeasy is becoming the microsoft of mma news site. it doesnt care what you want,.... jus what it wants
+16 # Dennis Nedry 2013-07-05 16:50
Well articulated TickToothRuth and yes, the UX is so mindless that I can't envision myself continuing to frequent the website as much.

The unique content of Middleeasy is it's driving force; the new layout obfuscates it.

I get that you want to follow the latest trends in terms of responsive design and fluid "Pinterest" style grid layouts (or perhaps you're emulating MMA Fighting) but what you've produced honestly sucks.

A few pointers:

1) Your permalink structure is messed up.


index.php shouldn't be there and may suggest a mod rewrite issue on your server resulting from the transferring of new theme from your test server to your live server.

2) The format of the is actually a lot closer to how your home page. Don't take this as encouragement. The point I'm making is that is that the home page needs to reflects the latest (not weekly) fighting (not gaming, entertainment or science) news.

3) Though this is nothing new, the restriction on member registrations is the most asinine restriction I've come across on the websites I visit on a daily basis. It's so incredibly dumb that when the "registration days" are held, I refuse to register on principle. How simple is it to moderate your comments streams in conjunction with the installation of anti-spam plugins?

4) Page sections are not distinct enough. e.g. The featured, latest and popular feeds of the home page are not adequately divided. It's hard for the eye to follow. The featured and popular feeds need to have far less of presence on the home page. Folks come here for the LATEST MMA news. The featured and popular feeds need to be relegated to the sidebar or footer widgets.

5) The font size of the top fixed navigation menu is overkill and should certainly not be larger than the logo. Icons wouldn't hurt either.

6) The social media feeds adjacent to the logo should not be plain text. Use icons. How hard is it to embed your Facebook page and Twitter feed into the sidebar/footer? (rhetorical of course).

7) The search box is aesthetically poor (ugly) and the icon looks as if it's an interactive button (position icon to left of text field to break this expectation).

8) The integration of banner adverts beneath the logo is poorly realised in terms of the idle horizontal negative space. Personally, I'd position the social media links to the right of the banner this leaving a void between the left-aligned logo and right-aligned search box.

9) The home page slider is too big, too clunky and simply not intuitive. The circular navigation links are not obvious. Add left and right arrow icons that most sliders rely on for toggling content. Note: As a user, I ALWAYS ignore your slider content and instead skip straight to the newest article. Again, I don't come here for an archiving of your featured articles, I come here for the latest news with MIddleEasy's unique approach towards journalism.

10) The home page headings (white text, red background) are tasteless and almost as painful as the amateurish design elements on the official UFC website.

11) The footer content is lacking symmetry. Reiterating the logo might help.

12) Regarding conspiracy theory, it should be added as a category to the top fixed menu (certainly more-so than science), Also, on the topic of conspiracy theory, have you noticed that your logo looks exactly likes Baphometh's head? i.e. Luciferian goat symbol.

I like MiddleEasy but I'm out if you can't correct yourselves on this. The design is just too poorly realized.
+4 # Dennis Nedry 2013-07-05 16:52
Damn it, "8" followed by a closing brackets automatically converts to a smiley, how about richer text options like bullets and numbering?
0 # Joesumo26 2013-07-09 21:02
I dont believe your being miserable but just plain honest. I agree totally. I love Middeeasy and I dont mind the video game references b/c i like games but this layout is not good.
+14 # ABigSnitch 2013-07-05 14:57
-New site loads much more quickly, and is less glitchy

-Everything else
+79 # dothechickendance 2013-07-05 00:54
Didn't you learn from the last change?

ME was perfect the way it was
+24 # tydonk 2013-07-05 11:31
i look forward to ME being the way it was when I wake up tomorrow
+9 # agent orange 2013-07-05 00:57
way to rip off the pride colors...but i like the layout..miss the cartoon sidebars tho
+39 # channelorange 2013-07-05 01:05
for real. cartoon sidebars forever. :-x
-33 # Master Bader 2013-07-05 03:39
Good thing they kept the thumbs up/down.

Thumbs up if you agree.

(waiting for the thumbs down)
+9 # Master Bader 2013-07-05 14:48
-5 # Anonymous 2013-07-05 01:09
Looks really nice, but will take some time to get used to. We can't see older posts anymore?
+65 # mecca 2013-07-05 01:12
at first glance it looks fucking awful. Might be the end of Middleeasy for me..
+2 # Anthonythegreat 2013-07-05 01:12
a little too much but i like the fact that you're talking about other things too, and that theres an option to change what type of information you want to view (fighting, gaming, entertainment, science.) people are going to hate because its different than what they're used to. I can admit its a little jumbled and confusing and I hope the site doesn't become a clusterfuck but as of right now I don't mind the change. I will miss the cartoons but they couldn't stick with that forever right? this will be better overall for ME. hopefully because its one of the only sites I use for useful and quite useless information.
+56 # RondasManAss 2013-07-05 01:14
Honestly, I don't like it AT's way too confusing. The last version was PERFECT. Please don't keep it this way...
+3 # Sean Carter 2013-07-05 01:20
It reminds me when I was training in Thailand and laid down (in the biblical sense) with a ladyboy. At first I was a little fearful and negative, but afterwards the new experience ended up be pleasant and life changing.
+1 # NoHomo 2013-07-05 08:11
I never got why you would want your boys to look like girls.

I assume its like when a "hot chick" goes lesbo with a butch short haired eminem blonde that sports oversized blue jeans and a polo shirt with both a gut and saggy taped down boobs. And asks to be rammed with a strap on. Pretty much going lesbo with an ugly dude with a vagina.
+45 # MATTIAS NILSSON 2013-07-05 01:45
Like every morning i got my breakfast ready and surf:ed in on middleeasy to read some mma-related news.

And now I find this shit?

- You cant tell items apart because they all look the same?

- How the F do I scroll to previous newsitems?

- The same font on every picture and headline, but just different stroke/filling. Come on?

- "Science" ? Science of being a total ass and ruining a perfectly good mma-site?

I have condensed my disappointment to this from step brothers.

Seriously: Are you fucking high? This new look is NOT OK. I feel like shit when ive been here for 5 min now.

From SWEDEN, with love Mattias

PS - "Turn up the good, turn down the suck!”
"Turn down the suck knob.
+37 # Nick 2013-07-05 02:15
Now it looks just like every other mma website. :-x

The simplicity of the old website was unique and perfect. By scrolling down to new articles, it was easy to determine which articles were the newest.
+9 # jt33 2013-07-05 02:16
i was hoping the new surprise wouldnt be a site redesign...ill never understand why a site builds a certain image and then up and changes one day for the sake of changing..

with that said..its not horrible but i liked the other version better. this just seems to be missing something...the other version was just more middleeasyish.

i dont mind the gaming being added but, and maybe its just in cynic in me, but it just seems like a way to get more traffic...hopef ully the core middleeasyers dont get lost in this.

ive thought adding forums would be a good idea for a while now so i look forward to that..but i have a feeling with the new layout regular comments will lose some of the fun so i might no post as much there..i guess ill just have to see how it goes.

all in all i think i would give it about a 7/10 not because this isnt good (shit at least you got it to work this time) but just because i liked the older version better...ill def keep lurking here just because i like the writers but only time will tell if i keep posting..
+2 # jt33 2013-07-05 02:20
that sounded way more negative then i intended..i just think the jury's still out and it will take time to get used to..i just noticed the banners move when move the mouse over them..nothing big but nice touch.
-1 # SnakeJake 2013-07-05 02:19
Great. Now I can't log in again.

I like the new look, although it's busier than a one-armed-pimp in a bitch-slapping contest.
+1 # cuntonarope 2013-07-05 02:28
It is a bit hectic to look at. I suppose i will get used to it. :eek: :-x :oops: :oops: :-* :eek: bONER.
+51 # Machido 2013-07-05 02:30
Bring back the old design please!
+12 # Cormac 2013-07-05 02:43
It's hard to focus on any one story on the homepage.

The comic font is very distracting and over-used as there are too many occurrences of it above the fold.

The old site implemented that style better because you would only see maybe 2 occurrences of the comic font at a time as you scrolled down the page.

I think a few small changes and the site will be much better than the previous one.
+11 # DrainBamaged 2013-07-05 02:45
Yeah sorry guys this is no good.

I know you like video games, but I don't even want to see that you've written a story about Final Fantasy or whatever. coming up in sidebars,

There's so much damn white used it's off putting to the eye.

Is it some sort of inferiority complex that keeps making you think you need to overhaul the site? You really don't have to. I think almost all of us loved ME's individual style and layout. It was intuitive and easy to navigate. I'd instantly know where the cut off was between old stories and fresh when I'd skim through and I loved those cartoons and their mayhem framing my screen.

I know you want to be but ME is never going to be one of the big boy "grown up" mma sites. And frankly that's the not the reason I come here.

So I do apologise and hope having the new site thrashed by everyone doesn't melt your head for a second time but try and take it on board.
+14 # Cock... 2013-07-05 02:55
Boooooooooooooo oo
0 # Dave 2013-07-05 02:59
After setting gkMenuWrapper, gkTopMenu, gkSidebar, gkInset, gkMainbodyTop and gkBottom3 to be hidden, the site looks pretty good!
+16 # MEOW2 2013-07-05 03:03
It absolutley sucks
+14 # AFrontKicktotheFace- 2013-07-05 03:09
Fuck man...i cant log in again and its not recognizing me email address. This is fucking annoying. Home page is way too distracting. But most of all, I cant fucking LOG in.
+13 # sharky 2013-07-05 03:20
There is way too much text everywhere. If you are going for a photo layout, don't block the images with text. Smaller captions would work better and just rely on good pictures. If putting text directly on the image, maybe a small caption at the bottom. Just constructive criticism.
-9 # Shitbags 2013-07-05 03:26
I think it's great, pisses all over that wretched shit hole Cage Potato, and it's about 46 times funnier than Cracked.
+21 # se3207 2013-07-05 03:29
my favourite site just got destoyed
+7 # Master Bader 2013-07-05 03:37
Another website I frequent ( also changed their site not too long ago. Why does this look awfully similar, Zeus? Or should I say, DOB?
+8 # Magic Wand 2013-07-05 03:40
I felt like the last version of the site was great, but for some reason, took way longer to load than it should have for what it was. This Windows 8 front-loaded look is a bit too cluttered for my liking.

Also, I understand you're probably looking to get more hits for the page, money for advertising, and so on (I'm guessing you got a fair increase in traffic when you ran your E3 articles), but the "Gaming," "Entertainment, " and "Science" additions are not what I come here for, and are of no interest to me, personally.

If you're going to have these types of articles on ME now, the fixed header bar for said sub-sections should be smaller, with possibly a log-in feature for registered users at top?

***Maybe all of us who signed up for accounts would be able to login to our accounts and "hide" news from all categories that aren't "Fighting"?***
+6 # Magic Wand 2013-07-05 03:41
If anyone at ME wants to email me at my personal email account that I signed up with, I can provide a list of things that I would change. Not to sound smug, but I've designed websites before, both coded and template, and also have been a successful freelance graphic designer for 7 years.
+22 # ning 2013-07-05 03:47
pretty bad to be honest. I'm a digital designer so i have to design sites that focus on readablity alot.

You have far too much stuff competing for attention, the eye doesn't know where to look. You get cognitive overload as your eye tries to settle on something then gets distracted by something else shouting at you.

The typeface is ok for maybe 2-3 article HEADLINES max, stuff you want to hero. not everything, it's for things you want to appear bombastic. to give impact, you can't have everything giving impact you have to have a topology of information that flows.

The contrast of everything is also all over the place, confuses they eye means i have to concentrate really hard on an image to work out what the image is.

The animation rollover effect is adding to the visual madness aswell. i'd get rid of that.

simplify, simplify, simplify. don't overburden the user visually, pick a few things to make hero articles that pop out and let the user discover the other.
+24 # Fort 2013-07-05 03:55
This new site might as well be called Planned Parenthood, because it's an abortion.

I've noticed the wittiness and the appeal to the hardcore fans with nowhere to go from the earlier days have long gone. The writing has gotten repetitive and the knowledge of MMA has gone downhill (You'd swear some of the historical pieces were written by the same TUF noobs from Cage Potato, et al).

-3 # name 2013-07-05 04:04
i like this original not the last one orthis
+3 # Random Commentor 2013-07-05 04:26
My problem with site changes in general is that they lose all familiarity. Why do sites always go for a total re-vamp - it's annoying. Other than that, i like the rotation on headlines when the cursor rolls over.
+16 # Rehiza 2013-07-05 04:43
Seriously who ever is designed your web site needs to be fired. This is the 2nd failed attempt. Fonts are all over the fucking place, the log in doesn't work. I know in theory it sounded great for the site to automatically transfer you into iphone format but guess what!? I and many others like browsing your site in safari full site format. Scrolling is very confusing and buggy. Thanks for force feeding us the video game reviews but I already have a much better website for that.You minus will start reviewing the best free porn tube sites if guys are gonna act like desperate street whores for web traffic. ( btw this site redisgn basically makes you look a $5 hooker keep in mind that dollar is at a all time low. ) The over use of The comic font is embarrassing and uncomfortable. The choice to remove the cartoon was just a poor poor fucking choice. Stop trying be L33t web designers!! And give us what we come here for to read a funny alternative to main stream MMA news, not to fucking be blown away by your game reviews and website layout. ( Which sucks hot sweaty homeless New York City streetbum balls! )
+4 # Rehiza 2013-07-05 04:46
Sorry for the typo's but your new comment section is very buggy to scroll back on on my iphone. Fuck you once again ME & Zeus.
+6 # Milk bone 2013-07-05 04:50
Create a separate site for gaming. Could not give a shit about gaming. Being an mma site is what got your fan base as big a it is today.
The internets are huge, make another site for vagina-gamers
+16 # Dduh 2013-07-05 04:51
I spend about 5 minutes on the Internet a day. I check here for my mma news and check my email. That's it. I don't feel like navigating a busy site just to get an update. I'm sure you'll get more readers but you just lost one. Byeeee.
+17 # kia 2013-07-05 04:54
this is so bad man... enough to make me think twice before reading middle easy again :sad:
+18 # Greg 2013-07-05 04:56
If it ain't broke don't try fix, old site is way better, this is gonna cost you hits in the long run..
+8 # WhereIsMyCheese 2013-07-05 05:19
Im afraid of change... I dont like changes :/
+16 # steveo 2013-07-05 05:26
remember when you changed the layout before, and you ended up changing it back? that again.
-1 # AFrontKicktotheFace- 2013-07-05 06:19
:D :lol: :-) ;-) 8) :-| :-* :oops: :sad: :cry: :o :-x :eek: :zzz :P :sigh: What is the meaning of this? Registration better stay open for a while. I havent slept yet.
+17 # Fitch the blanket 2013-07-05 06:48
Why is the toolbar following me as I scroll. No leave me alone ahhhhhh :eek:
+11 # GeorgeXVX 2013-07-05 07:46
New site is absolutely horrible. Will check back in a month to see if you realized your mistakes. If not that will be my last time visiting your site. Sucks because i always enjoyed it a lot and like the idea of different content. This layout is truly unforgivable.
+9 # Hana-bi 2013-07-05 08:09
Im sorry to say this but I think this a bad idea. I love Middleeasy and would browse it everyday, but if it remains like this I wont be using the site any more.
You guys need to seriously consider the direction you are taking this once great place in!!!
+10 # jaja 2013-07-05 08:17
My phone hates this new layout.... :(
+13 # subhuman 2013-07-05 08:17
My first thought is that this was a sick april fool's joke...then I looked at the calendar. If this sticks, it's the end of middleeasy for me.

+2 # Strategic Erection 2013-07-05 08:30
I like the comic vibe but it needs to be simplified a bit.
+8 # Sacramento Top Team 2013-07-05 08:45
I know ADD is a national epidemic, but you didn't have to make ME a temple for its victims.

Christ, I'm getting vertigo just trying to navigate this place.
+11 # AuntieRazor 2013-07-05 08:47
It's a CLUSTER FUCK...and I'm unable to sign into my profile now.
EPIC FAIL on all levels. Stay off the METH next time you attempt a redesign.
+5 # LanaNotRhonda 2013-07-05 08:58
Where the fuck is Gayzie? This was his idea wasnt it.
+6 # Zeez 2013-07-05 09:00
I liked the blog format so I didn't have to click on everything to be able to read all the news. Plus it made it easy to see which stories I had missed earlier. Oh well. Screw convenience, right?
+5 # Zeez 2013-07-05 09:02
Well I guess it's kinda still there. Damn this thing is confusing and the bar at the top shakes like a mother when I try to scroll down.
+11 # NoHomo 2013-07-05 09:04
WOW this new site layout sucks big giant nutsacks. Thanks guys I love it keep up the good work
+4 # karatekyle 2013-07-05 09:04
i cant seem to login anymore with my username and password
im not sure if i want to be here if i cant do that
+1 # Billy Duke 2013-07-05 09:22,d.cGE&psig=AFQjCNEjES9lPVKWGCoDxQ_q3tb7OK4Mkg&ust=1373127665116141
+13 # GHB 2013-07-05 09:24
Not impressed with your performance
+5 # The Dude Abides 1 2013-07-05 10:03
ehhhhhh I think ehhhhhh the people will be shock
+9 # possum 2013-07-05 09:37
The site design has potential but at the moment is just a complete mess. A hot mess.
+8 # NOT EVEN GOING TO LO 2013-07-05 09:56
+8 # asdf 2013-07-05 10:06
what the fuck is this shit?
+2 # blahblahblah 2013-07-05 10:13
i don't like change. at least it loads faster on my shitty internet
+1 # Ian 2013-07-05 10:18
Finally Friendly URLs! You should take out the index.php with a quick bit of tweaking in Joomla though
+9 # GAY4GSP 2013-07-05 10:35
Looking at it on the iPhone makes me want to get kicked in the nuts with no cup on by pat berry wearing a steel toed boot. Seriously change it back before you loose all of your users
+11 # Shaawwwn 2013-07-05 10:52
See any comment above...
+8 # sharkbunnie 2013-07-05 10:53
I think the overwhelming majority (myself among them)thinks the change sucks. If you won't go back to the old look please don't settle on this.
+3 # Paul Giamatti 2013-07-05 11:10
Fuck you. :-x :-x :-x :cry: :cry: :zzz :-|
+11 # Captain Honeybadger 2013-07-05 11:11
Definitely not a fan. It's too confusing and cluttered. I really liked the old chronological layout 1000x better. If the layout stays like this, I doubt I'll even use this site anymore.
+7 # KAMILION 2013-07-05 11:11
I've been going on this site everyday.Man, I'm so bummed out. The old site was perfect. This - very confusing..Sorr y but please keep working. This can't be the final version!

Where is DSTRYSG??
-6 # The Axe Murderer 2013-07-05 11:33
Fuck Breaking BAD!!! Wire for life
+5 # Asshole 2013-07-05 11:56
" Anyway, enough of me talking. What do you think of the new site?"

Haha zeusey. You all are so desperate for page views you purposely sabotage your website to up your comments and page views. You win this round u asstard.
+11 # bu 2013-07-05 11:59
-8 # Ryu 2013-07-05 12:02
My two favorite hobbies are MMA and video games so I'm pretty OK with this.
+4 # radno100 2013-07-05 12:04
UX is poorly laid out. Information is competing with one another and makes it difficult to read. too busy.... I'm sure it took alot of work but it's much more difficult to browse.
+12 # buschbeater 2013-07-05 12:13
eye fuckery
+9 # AlmightyCrom 2013-07-05 12:27
the new site sucks major fucking balls. fallon fox's surgically removed balls.
and yeah...
Where the fuck is DSTRYSG??
+8 # holycheapshit 2013-07-05 12:43
all you needed was a new background or a new style.
not this overloaded blend of everything.

who really gives a f*ck about games, science and entertainment on a mma site? i have dozens of other sources for that.
+7 # ThatGuy 2013-07-05 12:59
I'm going to echo what errrybody else has already said, but this new design "works" in the same sense as Clay Guida's "new" game plan worked against Gray Maynard...
+10 # DewYouKnow8 2013-07-05 13:12
Half the reason why I like this site was because of the old interface...

The new site is messy and confusing. Please bring the old one back.

Also, I don't like video games.
+11 # kirku 2013-07-05 14:27
I hate it
-1 # purplechewbacca 2013-07-05 14:58
i miss the ME layout that i started reading about 4 years ago. i miss the yellow with the faces of fighters on random things. ill be honest and say that this new layout isnt all bad. we'll go thru a facebook-hate-l ike phase and eventually come around it. i hope for the best and that people can navigate thru it in an instant but for now we all wish this reverted back to the way it was. goodluck ME, ill forever be a reader/follower .
+2 # ExcuseTheGlove 2013-07-05 15:24
Way too much change. Too much Obama.
+8 # Kaiser 2013-07-05 16:57
again? and an even uglier design?

sorry Middleeasy, i went through the yellow cartoon times, but i won't be able to continue with this any longer.
+5 # ick 2013-07-05 17:32
From the looks of it, you have fixed the speed issue. But design wise, what the hell are you guys thinking? Fucking hideous and confusing.
+5 # asdf 2013-07-05 17:52
SUCKS!! dont fix what aint broke. batty boys.
+3 # Puck 2013-07-05 18:46
Too damn bright man, put old background or at least make background grey...

I have a 27" 2560x1440p computer monitor, a full white background with a fucking hangover is a death sentence.

Also no link to DSG
+6 # mma fan 2013-07-05 20:07
I consider myself a dedicated MMA fanatic and I only have a few sites I go to and this is one of them, but if something isn't done SOON it may not be any longer. I'm not saying that as a threat but more from disappointment. Reading the other comments, I feel as though I'm not the only one.

I thought it was really good and well organized. I enjoyed the articles and content; street mma, contests, DSTRYRsg, etc.

a few words to describe the new site though;
- chaotic, confusing, disorganized
0 # mma fan 2013-07-05 20:09
OH YEA!!!!! MAKE the site mobile compatible ASAP or update the Freakin APP!!! (Not with this current site though)
+4 # Mustache Hero 2013-07-05 22:30
Another revamp... because it worked so well last time, y'know?
+5 # A 2013-07-06 00:00
totally confusing, it was so good before. It is now so confusing , I might even stop coming here
+7 # Vader Atriedes 2013-07-06 01:04

3/4 yrs ago, every fucking morning. first thing I'd check your site. you were like the daily show for MMA. Better interviews, fast, witty commentary, evocative. You supported the artists in martial arts, and the counter culture, and at first it wasn't a shtickt. it was beautiful. you had the basic ass blog, shit read like a news paper, I enjoyed scrolling down so i could read or scan articles at the pace i wanted, sometimes articles i ignored the first scroll down, something would catch my eye, i read alot about parts of the sport i didn't pay attention to as much. it broaden and deepened my love for the sport. over time though, the content slagged as success came, then the site changed the first time. it was awkward. clunky. and i think it discouraged me from interacting too much cause if a article didnt look interesting, i didn't click it. After the negative reaction we all had, nothing changed except a rapid decline in content. you guys only seem to report on games, and street mma, and other whack shit that isn;t mma, and every article, EVERY article seems so forced, all the once unique voice, has been so thoroughly corrupted, copied poorly by new inferior talent. bunch of biters now biting a golden era of the site that they work for, but it's dead now. people talk about it at my muay thai gym. it;s sad to us. we all loved ME once. But you cats are selling out like Obama style. Sad. And I ain't said shit about this new site, which i can only say is more of the same in the sense of failing your true fans. But it's a clusterfuck. are you staffed by a bunch of yes men? how can anyone think it looks better? who are you making the site for? what's it about? what science now too? what the fuck are you Joe rogan's podcast? Look, whatever advertising course you are getting this from... remember people love MMA, you used to. We want something more then the same dumb shit on every site. stop trying to be funny and nail every pop culture reference like you are some kid from a sit com, just go back to being real. If you wamna become a video game site do that, but who cares? and what happened to the liverkick/Destr oyer SG link?
+9 # frankensteve 2013-07-06 06:53
I'd rather see the Middleeasy April fools day page every day than the current one.
+7 # Froggy 2013-07-06 07:22
My eyes! They burn!In all seriousness though,this new site design is terrible.I like the writers on this site,but not enough to put up with this.I used to check this site 3-4 times a day.If this site design stays,i wont be checking this site out at all.
+7 # Joe O. 2013-07-06 08:30
New content (comics, games, science etc): Okay

New Layout / Site design: Not okay. It almost drove me away and I've been frequenting this site for 4 or 5 years.
+3 # MuthaFedor 2013-07-06 08:38
Holy schlit if your going to change things around and add stuff at least put up girls with big tits that never gets old!
+4 # psxdogg 2013-07-06 09:02
LOL I design webs and its ok but needs major fixes. Somebody who knows SOMETHING about User Interface design needs to step in.

Some Major problems though

1) News Slider, when right-clicking on a slide, I can't open in a new tab. All I get is the properties of the image. You need to fix that.

People right click on links and open them up in new tabs all the time. I open up about 10 tabs and then start reading them all one by one.

2) Content Slider buttons are WAY too small. You need to make them bigger and use something else than those circular buttons.

3) Simply add borders around each article or divide the whole sections with borders.

Instead of borders, you can give each section a different background page. So they are distinctive.

4) Keep that comic-like Font only for Posts, Use a different font for the Main Navigation and regular pages

5) Make the main Navigation smaller

6) Use the search form that's on the bottom of the page and replace it with the ugly red one on top. The red might match the logo but just bc it matches doens't mean it looks good. Instead of a border, maybe a red drop-shadow?

7) Mobile View is broke. Resolution of a regular smart-phone is 480- 800. So you really shold'nt max out your width past 320px or so.

The width of MIddle Easy website on a regular 4-5in smartphone is WAY too wide.

8) Fix your permalinks. index.php/fighitng/item/

What is the /item/ doing in there? Awful.

9)Load ALL your javascript on the bottom of the page, right before the tag ends. Put'em all in a js and load them.

Footer looks Excellent.

By the way, responsiveness breaks down in Tablet view.
+7 # josephrose 2013-07-06 09:06
The design is poor.

The comic book font was a cute touch before, but now its EVERYWHERE and its HUGE.

The site is now unpleasant and difficult to look at, everywhere.

As for the change in content focus, also a bad idea, but that's more subjective. The design is not subjective. It sucks. There's no way around it.
+5 # moonmonster 2013-07-06 09:22
I know change takes some time to adjust to...but that said, I'm not a fan of the new layout. Articles seem to be all over the place, it's not readily apparent how to read just the MMA articles in order, and it seems to take longer to load (at least for me...and I'm on FO internet so it's not like I'm restricted in bandwidth). I don't have as much of a problem with the non-MMA related stuff, but it shouldn't bleed through into the main reason why I come here (MMA stuff). Like a lot of other people said, I get my gaming news from other sites. I come here for MMA. I dunno, I can't say that I won't keep coming here...but if the layout and non-MMA stuff stays in the forefront then it'll definitely be a whole lot less.
+6 # pterodactylb 2013-07-06 09:59
change it back?
+1 # 2013-07-06 10:00
+3 # 2013-07-06 10:00
mic check
+5 # DonMatus 2013-07-06 12:29
As a designer I think it's way too text heavy and missing any grounding features. Seriously hire a good designer stop trying to do it yourselves. fucking hilarious.
+5 # DonMatus 2013-07-06 12:35
This is also fucking hilarious how there's almost no good comments here. Take a hint. Hire a designer fools!
+5 # BustedCranium 2013-07-07 07:41
Seriously, what the fuck do you knuckleheads know about gaming, entertainment or science (really? science)? This is an MMA website. If people want to read gossip they go to US Weekly. If they want gaming news they go to IGN. If they want science (really? science?) they go to Popular Mechanics. Stick to what you know dickheads.
+2 # D Frost 2013-07-07 11:33
So yeah, this new layout is really difficult to navigate. I'm all for change, but something a little more linear would be nice...
+2 # Edward 2013-07-07 11:53
I've been coming to this site for years and i've noticed a steady decline in the frequency of my visits. There are so many other websites that do Gaming, Entertainment, and Science far better than MiddleEasy can or ever will. This isn't meant to be a negative comment but I always felt like those articles showed up when there just wasn't anything entertaining going on in the world of fighting so I skipped over them.

As more and more of those articles began to show up I came to the website less and less because digging through the clutter was too much of a chore. The MiddleEasy articles about fighting have been some of the best that i've ever read and I cherished the unique perspective but this is. . .

Well it's like when TechTV became G4 and everyone stopped watching it. Sorry Zeus but I guess i'm just not in your target demographic anymore. See you in a few weeks or a month or whenever I remember that MiddleEasy had great articles in the past.
0 # Chiggs 2013-07-07 15:40 everyone else has said...not the worst, but def. not the best change-over either :/ Also having to re-register blows too
+1 # Chiggs 2013-07-07 15:41
Also meant to say your Google+ link doesn't work 404 baby!!
+4 # longballs 2013-07-07 17:43
It's bad. Real bad. Change it back again please.
+3 # asdfjkl 2013-07-07 21:13
It's like trying to read a book written in a foreign language, back to front. Pls bring back the old format
+5 # longballs 2013-07-07 23:18
-1 # kidgracias 2013-07-08 09:44
i love the new format, don't change a thing! :D
+1 # RondasManAss 2013-07-08 12:35
Listen to the people MiddleEasy, we wouldn't bitch for no reason. Like many others, this was THE ONLY MMA news site that I visited, shit this was one of the few web sites I visited PERIOD. This new layout sucks so bad it's FORCING me to find another...and that's hard because this is no other that can compare to the MiddleEasy site design prior to this one. There is NOTHING easy to navigate or visually appealing about this new site. CHANGE IT BACK, maybe update the cartoon background once every few months and call it a day...
+1 # sharkbunnie 2013-07-08 14:11
gave the new site a few days... still hate it...
+2 # HannibalKing3 2013-07-08 14:58
This site sucks on the mobile. and is confusing as hell on the laptop. How do I go to the next page. Go back to the old design
+2 # Wanker 2013-07-08 15:46
It's hard to masturbate to.
0 # Jyag 2013-07-08 16:35
I am not a designer or anything close to it, but i know what i like and it is not this lay out.

I used to come here several times a day to check out what was going on the MMA world through the eyes of the great writers of this site, now it just feels like a pain in the ass to find or read anything. I don't even mind the video game articles and weird science stuff, in fact i dig it, but now its just fucking hard to read and navigate. It's so bad i find my self leaving the site frustrated, or even not getting to the site because it now seems to take a while to load.

I dig what Zeus and the crew do here a ton, hoping for a change to something a little smoother.... oh, and more Cat Von C please. never can have enough of her.

Cheers guys and thanks for all the years of great coverage and hilarity you guys bring to the MMA world.

0 # Bill Wetzel 2013-07-08 19:06
Very confusing. It looks good, you need to find some ways to make it more user friendly.
+1 # Puck 2013-07-09 11:02
To say it again, I don't have too many complaints about the new site but the background is WAY too bright.

Those of us with big/high res monitors are not going to like staring at a glaring white background for too long. Making it grey or something will be a huge step in the right direction...or just put the old background back up!
+3 # DonMatus 2013-07-09 11:12
Is this enough comments for you guys? I hope things have cleared up for you some. Now hopefully onto a functional and pleasing layout. ;)

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