The Lakers Nation 2.0 Beta

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Hey Lakers fans, as you can clearly see, we’ve begun the beta stage of our new site design.

In the coming months before the NBA season, we’ll be working on getting the new site in form for another long journey. We highly suggest that members send us feedback and tip us off on any possible bugs they may encounter.

We’ve organized the site based on the lastest news, popular news, and the hottest categories — all in an effort to help give you guys a better experience while visiting.

Again, we’re still in the beta stages. Please give us your feedback.

thelakersnation@gmail.com

Kam Pashai is a co-founder and creative director for LakerNation.com.
  • Michael_23

    Awesome clean design! Wow. Is this still even wordpress? As a web designer myself, this is good stuff. Will take some getting used to for other members, but overall I like it! Good job TLN staff!

  • CELTICS BLOW

    Very nice look……..a more “professional” website representing the World Champs, I like the content placement of the articles as well, looks like you guys put in a lot of thought and time, thank you!

  • Adolfo

    As a software developer, fantastic design, very clean very well designed congratulations, this is by far the best lakers page on the net, always have good info.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Yeah it’s a very nice look.. but it doesn’t look like a blog anymore :(

  • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

    Neat!….it doesn’t look like a personal blog anymore.

  • http://iklklkl aaron24

    Beautiful

  • 242LakerFan

    Overall, I like it. Very professional looking site. Well laid out.
    I’d like to have a “Log In” button at the top of the page, though, rather than having to scroll all the way down to the bottom.

  • purple and gold for life

    This site looks amazing. I have been a member since it’s original name and it is great how long this site has come. It looks great and very professional.

  • http://modenadude.com modenadude

    I don’t know what these other people are talking about, I really hate the site design. So convoluted and confusing. The header is extremely ugly. The only people I can agree with on this page is Whatsa and KikoDad, it doesn’t look ANYTHING like a blog anymore. http://www.thelakersnation.com shouldn’t forward to “/blog/” because it sure as hell isn’t one. http://www.thelakersnation.com should forward to this new page, and the blog page should be the same as it was before. This is disgusting. I know I’m the minority, but it’s horrible. I may have to find another Laker blog… ugh.

    • lakeerfan4life

      you are 100% correct. it is too hard to find out whats going on in this sitre regarding any news.

      • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

        Not necessarily. We have the recent news section, which is exactly what the blog was before.

        • lakeerfan4life

          oh sorry about the criticism then and thanks for clarification.

  • Chris from the OC

    long strides from getgarnett.com!!! did you guys get a bonus from the championship?!? i love the new site. good job TLN! you know what would be awesome…if you guys added a section with team/individual stats or something. make this site a one stop shop!!! just a suggestion.

  • Eric Cartman

    SWEET.

  • Isaiah

    love the new design, clean, looks like a team’s official website, could even be mistaken for Lakers.com haha

  • Kid Kaos 310

    Good Sh1t, this looks extremely more organized and professional

  • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

    It looks good from a design standpoint.
    From a news standpoint it’s a bit more intricate then blog 1.0.

    Ehh, if you guys decide to make the news a bit more condensed so it’s not everywhere that would be nice, but I do like the change.

  • http://utcpla24.mylakersnation.com Margo

    great job guys! The site has a very easy to locate, and professional look about it. I’m no longer searching through archives feverishly. great job.

  • 3ternal

    I DONT LIKE IT, IT LOOKS CLASSY BUT, I DONT LIKE IT SUCKS I MISS THE OLD LAKER NATION YOU KNOW THE BLOG!! NOW IT JUST LOOKS LIKE ALL THE OTHER WEBSITES, IF ITS GONNA BE LIKE THIS I RATHER GO TO LAKERS.COM INSTEAD. PLEASE CHANGE IT BACK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • yash

    I just came

  • Michael_23

    Now we just have to work on some of the comments people post on this site. If this site is gonna be more professional, let’s remove any unnecessary clutter. It’s what radio talk shows do before they accept a caller into the program. Yes, we can still voice our opinion but let’s be mature about it guys.

    Yes we can talk about LO’s consistency sometimes and when Luke turns into Fluke, or when “the machine” is turned off, but TLN overall you guys are doing a superb job! Wish I have time to work with you guys, but my schedules bites.

    • Salty

      I know. If there ever is a standard for professional basketball talk, it’s everyone over at Forum Blue and Gold. I love TLN, but these are generally where a lot of the “fanboy” commenters hang out, you know, that kind that abuse the ESPN trade machine and generally act like Jazz fans when watching the game.

  • Michael_23

    Now I want a Gravatar!

    • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

      We’ve added that option below each post. Enjoy!

  • Salty

    Love the re-design. Nice work you guys!

  • x(ONe0oNE)x

    GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!

  • x(ONe0oNE)x

    THE BEST LAKER FAN SITE IN THE WORLD!

  • johnsurf08

    Looks Great!!! Congrats

  • dawg

    Woot Woot

  • Banzai

    Nice site..so does this mean there will be less troll postings now?

  • showtime2k9

    beautiful

  • http://myspace.com/hotsauce109 orangewire

    wow! looks great!
    the only negative thing i have.. is that its a little laggy imo. but i know its in beta.

    • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

      Yeah, we’re going to look into the lag. I notice it too.

  • http://www.otrbasketball.com/forums/ Nissan

    Great job.

  • nogreen

    This is an awesome clean design.

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/ topher96

    I think that you guys should put the recent articles on top son we dont have to scroll down!! But anyways it looks neat and clean!

  • CROD

    Its amazing but i still prefer the old one. Making a site look official or “professional” isnt too hard if you have the right people. But what i liked about the old site was that it was a blog and looked fan made. It made it feel like more of a Lakers fan community but now it just has the feel of the official site which is something i dont visit much. Still love this site more than any other but i do miss the old look.

  • Laker Lover 2

    Love it!!

  • LAKERMIKE247

    WHY CHANGE THE PERFECT SITE OF TLN TO THIS???

  • Muslim mamba

    It looks to much like lakers.com and I don’t go on lakers.com cuz it sucks don’t make this suck

  • KeyTurn

    I think it’s a clean design, but it’s not as unique as it was before. The old site was the perfect combo of blog, news, and art and the change now looks like it wants to be taken seriously as a news site and less like a fan site. It looks less “FUN” and more “grown-up”.

    Ultimately I visit for your content so “TheLakerNation” is the ultimate fan site that I will visit again and again. Keep up the good work.

  • LA-EMPIRE

    It’s been a long time since I’ve logged-in, but I am very happy about the NEW PROFESSIONAL LOOK!!!

    i get my LAKER fix from this site early in the morning, noon-day and late nite…because it is better than any other LAKER site I have came across in the past.

    i have never experience a LAKER game in person, but visiting this site is VERY CLOSE to being at a LAKER game, because of all the information you all (staff) display.

    so continue the mission of spreading the gospel of LAKERSNATION around the globe.

    AMEN

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks David Brickley

    Looks great!

  • Diggah_dalakerfan

    Agreed……..real great!

  • boston – where buy a championship happens

    I love it too! It’s like an upgrade, Trevor for Ron Ron :)

  • kobeism

    pros: looks awesome; very clean and simplistic

    cons: loses the blogger home feel, which everyone is used to since the og getgarnett site.

    possible solution? maybe have a link for ppl who want to use the old version of the site…kinda how yahoo does it when they change designs. But then again I dunno if you can do that with wordpress site…maybe a theme swapper plugin if it exists?

    • boston – where buy a championship happens

      This would definetely be awesome!

  • boston – where buy a championship happens

    This is what i miss the most:

    http://i30.tinypic.com/2pr8e51.jpg

    :(

    • 242LakerFan

      Yeah, come to think of it, the new header is a bit…dry.

  • Shane Bien

    Thanks for all the feedback!

    As an FYI:

    As we continue to grow, our old site design hindered us from expanding.

    We hope that our new layout will provide us more flexibility and scalability.

  • lilkobe24

    its nice but i like it before ;/

  • gus26

    the layout is awsom i like everything.. except the font.. can you make it just a little bit bigger.. i know the size it is right now makes everything fit, but its just a little too small..

  • Patrick Chewing

    it looks really well put together! props to the guys that put it together, but it kinda feels like tooo much is going on…

    KISS method is always best!

    Keep
    It
    Simple
    Stupid

    =)

  • Lakers_The_Truth

    Good job, the layout is great.

  • zen and tonic

    Ever forward. Ever further. Well done.

    Looks clean (which may have been mentioned)!

  • titejt

    Very sleek, very nice. You guys did a great job!

  • raisingthebanner

    i know that wordpress has an iphone version option…could you guys put this in? i always log on multiple times a day on my iphone but with all this going on now on the new site i would like it optimized…..just a personal wish i guess unless others agree???

    • Sako

      Ya i agree, half the time when i’m on the internet, i’m using my iPod touch.

  • laker101

    looks like crap lt looks like a copy of am570 mixed with lakers.com horrible. am sure a lot of people will stop coming.

  • lakerman1

    Fonts to small

  • http://BarcaLakerfan4life BarcaLakerfan4life

    loving it

  • BarcaLakerfan4life

    kool

  • http://Byneazy17 LAL4Life

    great job guys

  • http://bagdadtug@hotmail.com BarcaLakerfan4life

    i luv it

  • double

    Looks nice, but I miss having the actual blogs in a typical blog format.

  • The Dynasty

    Great work copying the design of [no spamming allowed on TLN]

    Weak.

  • http://www.inverter-china.com/blog lovekb

    I think this style looks good and new.

  • ko8e_f@n

    don’t really like it, but people will get used to it i guess.

  • LAKERED

    anybody know when laker single game tickets go on sale.

  • David

    Guy’s I really loved the layout of the old site the articles just stood out more this just seems like a layout similar to the official site.. to much clutter on the home page make the articles the main attention grabber as before..

  • David from redlands

    Guy’s I really loved the layout of the old site the articles just stood out more this just seems like a layout similar to the official site.. to much clutter on the home page make the articles the main attention grabber as before. looks great but I feel that the team or player news is what is more important.

  • udechukwu

    new layout looks great!!

  • LAL FAN

    I’ve already started coming to this site less and less. I can’t stand the messy new design. There’s links and pictures EVERYWHERE. I liked the simple, clean, one update at a time blog look. It was much easier to read before. I LOVE this site. I used to check it daily, even in the summer. I’ve been checking it since it was Get Garnett, but now I might as well read ESPN with the HUGE picture on the top of the page an links everywhere.

    Please listen to your loyal fans, change the site. Maybe exactly like it was before, but certainly not this horrid collage of mismatched parts.

  • LAL FAN

    P.S.

    Why don’t we make this a poll?

  • Einto

    THE SITE IT TOO COMPLICATED NOW. IT HAS THE SAME STORIES IN 3 DIFFERENT SPOTS. I SAY GET RID OF THE POPULAR POSTS. I LIKED IT BEFORE WHERE YOU COULD JUST READ THE STORY RIGHT NO THE MAIN PAGE; BEFORE YOU DIDNT HAVE TO SEARCH AROUND FOR THE STORIES, NOW YOU DO. MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE SIMPLER…

  • http://Jetliner JetLiner

    It may be a cleaner design but its confusing as hell. IF you are gonna make it look like a news site look at other sports sites like the evil 4 letter ESPN and even LATIMES.com. This one is soo confusing.

  • BEC

    The design is nice I guess when you compare it to the old site, but it looks like you just bit off ESPN and added your own stuff.

    Why is there a recent news and recent articles section/column? That makes no sense to have it twice. Not evening counting the gigantic slide show of articles on the top. All that does is add unnessecary clutter that makes things look worse.

    I love the popular post section. Good seeing whats being commented on the most recently. Also the similar Kobe watch and off season section is a nice touch too. Its better to see that its more organized.

    What separates this site from others before was that it seemed like it was “Powered by fans”. Thats what made this site great because it felt fan driven. Now, its lost all that feel. It feels like who ever is running this site now arent even Lakers fans.

  • boston – where buy a championship happens

    i agree with the last couple of posts actually. If there is any chance it would be great if you could choose beetwen the ‘old’ one and this…

  • Sheds

    The page looks nice. The 2009 offseason news boxes are way too compressed though. Put a bit more space between that box and the 3 headline boxes there and it should give a nicer overall look for that part.

  • Sheds

    Btw, those guys that complain about the page not looking like the old blog anymore and hoping to get alternative versions :

    Scroll to “recent articles” and you got about the same format that you are used to. It is the same thing as before! The only difference is the emphasized content in the upper part of the page.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

    Listening to your suggestions. We’ll see what we can do for the next beta.

  • squid

    Ive been coming to this site for the past 2 seasons and visited this site on a daily basis and honestly i don’t like this design. The old design was so much easier to navigate through and everything was much easier to read. I prefer the old design with a couple of tweaks, it just had a “made by the fans” feeling to it. It was truly an awesome site. Now it looks like a copy of espn/lakers.com which i rarely visit…almost never.

    Hope you guys listen to us fans and fix this site…too much clutter

    • squid

      one more thing

      i prefer the old background [the jersey] that is currently on the forums than this one

  • lainok

    I like it, but it’s going to take getting used to. luckily I visit this site 10 times a day, so I should pick up the navigation in no time. Just warn us better the next time you want to upgrade. and don’t do it right around the time that odom finally gets around to signing a contract. to distracting.

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    We’ve read all your emails, comments, support, and concerns and taken them all into consideration. We are preparing for the next beta.

  • 242LakerFan

    I hope you guys are still looking at these posts and maybe this has been mentioned already, but I come here on my iPod a lot and while I appreciate being able to use the Shoutbox now, it’s not very practical. You’ve alotted it a longer space, but the most recent posts are at the top and the message window is at the bottom, leading to constant scrolling up and down. I suggest moving the msg box to the top of the frame.
    Thank you.

  • AI

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The old site was way easier to use!

    • double

      Agreed… too much stuff going on even though it looks nice. All I really want to see are the blogs, which are now smaller and buried.

  • lakers4life24

    CHANGE IT COMPLETELY TO THE OLD TLN!! ITS TOO DISORGANIZED AND DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A FRIKIN BLOG!! THERES AN ARTICLE FROM JULY 7TH ON THE FRONT PAGE.. CMON..! THE SHOUTBOX IS TOO SMALL AND THE LOG IN BUTTON IS AT THE BOTTOM. THERE ARE MULTIPLE STORIES REPEATED ON THE FRONT PAGE…!!!
    PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ GOO BACK TO THE OLD..
    OR SOON EVERY1 WILL LEAVE..
    IM WARNING U GUYS..

  • LAKERMIKE247

    THIS SITE SUCKS NOW.I USE TO GET ON TLN LIKE TEN TIMES A DAY AND NOW ONLY LIKE ONCE.GO BACK TO THE CLASSIC TLN.BELIEVE ME IT WAS WAY BETTER

  • RoWyN

    My 2cents on New WebSite Design:

    - The Design looks good but I don’t know how long before I start looking for a new Laker Site that has the same home feel this website had before. LakerNation before was good because I can simply click on my LN Bookmark and find out if anything significant is happening. You can see immediately what’s new and what is and not important. Now I get discouraged with all the many things that are happening as I open the website. I actually get tired reading the headlin about Sasha getting injured since I really dont care about that. Anyway, I used to be a fan. Please try to clean it up.

  • LaLakers2408

    plz change it back 2 the orignal TLN…or at least give us the option of which one we wanna use

  • lakers4life.

    this format is very bad.
    go back to old.

  • poopsy

    No offense, but this new design will make me visit much much less :(

  • TLN 1.0 BETA

    TLN 1.0 BETA>>>>TLN 2.0 BETA

    • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

      We never had a beta version of TLN 1.0. But nice try!

  • TLN 1.0 BETA

    BRING ME BACK!!!!!!!

  • dasnny

    change it back to normal TLN OR make it a choice on which one u want to use

  • 3ternal

    I already sent TLN an email to change it but they dont listen. We all know that the other Blog before this is better. It just drives confusion for most of us and I dont see any more news like before sorry TLN but it looks like this website is dying out

    • 242LakerFan

      You sent them an email but they didn’t listen? Pardon my ignorance, but who are you? Is your name at the bottom on Kam’s paycheck?
      “We all know…”? Really?
      If you read upthread, you’ll find quite a few people who didn’t seem to get that memo. Myself among them. I happen to like the new layout, though there are some changes that need to be made. Thus the use of the word “beta”. If you have a suggestion, by all means make it, but never presume to speak for all of us, or all of anybody. In a world of so many choices, you’re hard pressed to get more than two people to agree where to stop for lunch!

    • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

      I thought we made ourselves clear, we are working on the new beta, and it will be released before the season.

      • 242LakerFan

        SOME of us are listening, Jaime. Some of us respectfully made our suggestions and are waiting for the new beta.
        Others are issuing orders as if Obama just named them TLN Czar or something.

        • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

          Even though I wasn’t talking about you, thanks for understand. :)

          • 242LakerFan

            I know, dude, but that guy before me just ticked me off. How much news does he expect in the middle of the off-season with everybody signed (except Kobe’s extension, but nobody’s anxious about that). Keep up the good work, man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

    Damn. People really get pissed when a site changes. A few cats put some good time & work into makein a legit site at no cost to the people of interest and then they go at em’ in these message boards. Kinda laughable. Big ups on the site

  • Shane Bien

    Just to make it clear:

    We will be releasing beta versions of the new layout prior to the beginning of the season.

    The new layout will be finalized by then.

    We didn’t want to make any changes during the season because we didn’t want to create confusion when things were busy. Thus, we decided to release after our roster was completely set.

    As we continue to grow, our old site design hindered us from expanding.

    We hope that our new finalized layout will provide us more flexibility and scalability… that way we can provide more to all the members on the site.

    We are listening to all your suggestions, positive and negative.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • imfasterthanur

    I’m not very knowledgeable on the topic of web design, but I’ve seen certain websites offer an OPTION of viewing a simplified version of a layout (in this case, a blog layout as opposed to the current layout).

    Just to throw out a suggestion, Maybe having such an option would make both traditional-blog-design and Neo-TLN-design supporters happy? Just my 2-cents.

    If you don’t like it, just throw it right on back ;)

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    Kam, can you guys please have a poll about which site was better. I loved the old one and visited it like twenty times a day, but this one isnt a very nice. If you guys care about us fans then do us a favor and let US decide. Thanks for your time

  • http://thelakersnation.com lalakerz2010000

    yea man i liked the old site better it waz eiasier to read this one has too much shit on it hope they change it back

  • http://lakers.com lalakerz2010000

    has to much ***** on it hope they change it back too the the original

  • Luke4Lvp

    yea i hate this site too. i never come on here anymore. it feels like lakers.com, not thelakersnation. it has the same articles posted on 3 different section on the main page! ugghhhh. hate it! i thought this site was supposed to be a blog.

    fyi: one other reason i hate it is cause i look to get updates on my phone, and now it takes longer to load on my iphone because of all the crap on the site.

  • http://LAkerboy LAker boy

    kim please man. PLEASE listen to us man. we appreciate all this stuff that you gies have done honestly its cool and all… for a website like espn or nba.com, but this is THELAKERSNATION man. i honestly was one of the first people to go on back in getgarnett days. to tell you the truth when ever i go on this site i type in getgarnett everytime cus im sooooo use to it, my friends give me shit about it all the time. anyways, i know how you gies want to expand and all but on all your videos,interviews, articles since day 1 you said this site is for the fans so if this site is truly fir the fans show us that you mean it and let us decide through a poll. i know i sound like a looser for what im about to say but when i used this site i hooked sooooo much that when ever the page would load id scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and scroll up article by article and going from oldest to newest validating how much of a lakersnation junkie i a truly am. so please kim, pleeeaaasssseee change it to the way it was cus recently ive been going on hoopshype and realgm more than i go on this site lately and soon enough im not gonna even bother clicking the bookmark that says lakersnation with the infamous LN purple and gold icon.