Have you seen the new-look party website?

The Lib Dems website has had a bit of a makeover to update it with he new “Demand Better” strapline. I was quite surprised by these clever cookies…

The for Caron bit changes to all sorts of things – for schools, for the world, than climate change, for Scotland, for Wales, from the economy.

A revamped policy section sets out what “better” actually looks like.

Go and have a look around and share with all your friends. And see if you can spot yourself in the video bit at the top.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Michael Cole 6th Sep '18 - 12:12pm

    I haven’t looked at all of it and will do so later, but what I have seen is a great improvement. It is vibrant and energising.

    No doubt there will be some who disagree with me !

  • George Potter 6th Sep '18 - 12:23pm

    This is all very well but there’s now no way of logging in to the website or accessing the members section.

  • Daniel Walker 6th Sep '18 - 12:56pm

    @George Potter There’s a link right at the bottom, in the black section, called “Secure Login“. Does that not work? (I can’t check as I don’t have my login details at work)

    (I agree it needs to be more obvious. Perhaps in the “More” drop-down?)

  • David Evans 6th Sep '18 - 1:07pm

    Sorry but the first impression is awful. A home page comprising a series of fast changing (almost migraine inducing) video clips complete with near sickness inducing wobbly camerawork, many with people speaking, but no sound (yes I have got sound switched on), and a a significant portion of which is covered by a stark “Sign Up for e-mails” box that you can’t close.

    A Join the Lib Dems page that once you are in offers no way out – A sign of the times?

    Exactly the same for the Donate page.

    And a More Tab which has as a subsidiary background the page you were on before – which provides a very odd and disconcerting effect when coming from the Home Page that has so many jumps and movement in it.

    Plus what George says.

    Who was involved in trialling this and what did they say?

  • David Evans 6th Sep '18 - 1:16pm

    and following Daniel’s point, a very unusual long home page which you have to scroll down 9 pages to find all the other stuff it doesn’t tell you is hidden there.

    Has no-one heard of the three clicks rule? It may not be perfect gospel fact, but it is something to aim for, and 9 scroll downs is just ridiculous.


  • Greg Foster 6th Sep '18 - 1:23pm

    George – there are three links in the footer nav, a link in the get_involved section and a link on the sidebar on 2 column pages. If you’re also cookie logged and a member in the join sections are replaced with links to it.

    You can also go to http://www.libdems.org.uk/members, http://www.libdems.org.uk/login or http://www.libdems.org.uk/secure_login

  • James Belchamber 6th Sep '18 - 1:39pm

    Looks great! Much better than the old site. Agree the member’s login needs to be more prominent though, possibly a first-class button on the menu.

  • David Becket 6th Sep '18 - 2:26pm

    Well done, a great improvement, now easy to access those areas where we are demanding better.
    I agree with the comment on the silent video obscured by the invitation to contact/donate, this does not work.
    Invitations should come after the user has seen the areas where we demand a Better Britain.
    A better link to the members area would help.

    Add to this an emergency motion or an amendment at conference to work on turning the Institute for Public Policy Research, into policy and a prominent non Lib Dem speaker on the Monday, and we might start to see some movement in the right direction.

  • David Becket 6th Sep '18 - 3:12pm

    @David Raw
    Which is why we MUST follow this up at conference with a backing the IPPR report, which will lead to policies tackling this gap. OK the Daily Mail and the super rich will not like it, but they never vote for us.

    We must not let this golden opportunity slip through our hands

  • Innocent Bystander 6th Sep '18 - 10:18pm

    The super rich won’t care because they won’t pay the tax. They are international. The tax will be paid by the slightly rich who are stuck here.

  • Mick Taylor 7th Sep '18 - 10:32am

    I found the new site annoying in the extreme and I imagine people looking at it will too. I was invited to preregister as a supporter, something I don’t need to do as I am a member of 50 + years standing. Can I get rid of the popup? No way, other than filling it in. Many members of the public, wanting to have a look at our stance will go away if they are forced to fill a form. On another page the same problem exists with a popup for Adlib.
    Come on comms. Stop this nonsense.

  • I fully agree with Mick Taylor. I did not look up the website but was sent an email as a member. I joined the Liberal Party in 1959 and have been a member ever since, staying as a member when the Party joined with the Social Democrats. I now find that I am being asked whether I want to support a Party which appears to be a new one. Seemingly in this new party anyone can join whenever they please and leave whenever they please. It seems that the members are to invent policies – perhaps approve policies made up by a small group somewhere might be a better way of describing it.
    I would say I was totally opposed, but it seems to have no purpose. Except perhaps to make sure that the real and serious issues facing the country are not dealt with.

  • Nonconformistradical 7th Sep '18 - 4:56pm

    I agree the video clips are a total pain in the head!!! Absolute turn-off!!

    David Evans is right about the page length. Perhaps since Vince is worshipping the Canadian Liberals the ‘designers’ of this site revamp should look at https://www.liberal.ca/#0 which is a good deal shorter.

    And I also think the ‘Preregister as a supporter’ feature is off-putting to existing members.

  • Simon Banks 20th Nov '18 - 2:48pm

    It’s fine if you want to impress a potential new member (unless the fast-changing display and bright lights are unhealthy for them), but as before, rubbish if you’re seeking specific information, especially in the Members section. Things are not where you might expect them. It is not intuitive. The search function is little use. More attention seems to have been devoted to making it look pretty than to making it informative, which is a pity as there is a lot of useful information in there somewhere.

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