A New Year, A New Look
January 23, 2014 | David Roberts
Today we’re happy to announce a new, modern look for our Control Panel. The updated UI is a step along the path of building you the best CDN management tool ever.
Having a series of frequent, smaller updates doesn’t mean we’re just fixing one-off potholes or reacting to minor issues as they come up. There’s a long-term vision for our changes, and we’d like to explain why we’re starting with a UI update and not overhauling the entire product in one shot.
Let’s start with the previous version of the control panel. It worked great, and the majority of our customers loved its unique capabilities and ease of use. Not a bad report card, so why change it? Well, why change anything for that matter?
Kunitake Ando, former President and COO of Sony, once said “New is a way of life with us. If we don’t create new things all the time, we die in the marketplace.” The underlying goal isn’t to just change things around for their own sake: it’s to constantly explore new ideas and pick the winners that improve your product.
The updated UI was the first step in this process. We wanted content that was easy to read and navigate, without modifying the layout or tools. In the first pass, many content boxes and subheadings have been removed. Charts and graphs were updated to be visually ‘quiet’, minimizing distracting colors and seeing key info at a glance (no one needs a circus of loud colors distracting you at the top).
In a similar vein, certain icons, bars, and buttons become grayscale when they’re not the key item on the page. These small changes add up to a dramatically easier-to-use Control Panel, and without changing the underlying functionality. This first UI pass serves to clarify the existing content, helping important details pop, and making it clear what information can be edited or modified in future updates.
Like a science experiment, we’re able to roll out small changes to the layout, tools and navigation, and take in feedback. As we continue to clarify the product, we’ll be targeting the most-used and most-important features. It’s never an exact science, of course, but we’re shaping the product based on what works best for you.