YouTube has launched a major redesign of its pages,
promising a system that is simpler to use and to view.
Information about a video is now grouped together in one
place, aimed at reducing clutter on the page, and the actions bar has been
streamlined for sharing, flagging, and embedding controls. The right-hand side
of the page is devoted to the next video to watch, and YouTube says the next
suggested videos to watch are now more closely related to the clip being watched
in the first place.
The channel name and subscribe button are now both on top of
the video, allowing viewers to see more content uploaded by a particular person
before deciding whether to subscribe to their channels. A new playlist
interface puts the next video in the list consistently in the top right, with a
new next button in the player controls allowing the user to expand that list or
The five-star ratings system has been replaced with a
simpler “likes/dislikes” model and a new “Videos I Liked” list has been added. Comments
have a new highlights view which summarises the best discussions.
The search function has also been changed to allow users to
keep viewing one clip while searching for another. Instead of stopping the
playing clip and taking you to a search results page, the current clip keeps
playing on the left-hand side of the page while the search results come up on