About 2 weeks ago I made a post about the redesign of Wizard Magazine’s web presence. WizardWorld.com seems to show slightly out of date content, but all links connect to the WizardUniverse.com domain. Many other sites and forums echoed my opinions. It looked like the world wide web universe generally agreed.
I guess Wizard agreed as well, since the only place to see that redesign is at an IP address – http://188.8.131.52/. It’s pretty bad when to launch an poorly designed and built website, but I’d have to say, it’s even worse to admit you did and revert back to your old design less than 2 weeks later.
Wizard magazine has had an odd web presence since it first appeared on the WWW years ago. I seem to remember the first incarnation of the site had a cool feature where you could input all your comics or toys (the items they featured in their price guide) and save it as a collection on the website. This feature disappeared in a redesign that was part of a magazine restructure and I never really frequented the site since. I’ll occasionally visit if I see a link to the site that interests me.
With their latest attempt at a redesign, I don’t see my usage changing much. While they still have columns by writers I like (Geoff Johns, JG Jones, Brian Bendis), the layout may even be worse now. I spotted a few errors on the home page (incorrect links, non-function news boxes) on my visit and I’m guessing this layout will go the way of the others in about six months time, gradually being updated less and less.
There were rumors floating around about Wizard not paying it’s web designer / content manager, which could have been part of the problem. For now, and the foreseeable future, I’ll continue getting by news from Newsarama.