Linkedin reveals redesign of its desktop website

Networking and business platform Linkedin is rolling out a new desktop website design, with “cleaner” and “simpler” features.

Astanbul, Turkey - October 30, 2011: Apple iPad displaying Linkedin logo. LinkedIn is a business-related social networking site The iPad, the digital tablet with multi touch screen produced by Apple Computer, Inc.

This piece was originally published in September 2016 and has been edited to reflect the roll out of the new design.

Social media platform Linkedin is rolling out a redesign of its desktop version in a bid to make the site more “intuitive”.

The redesign – which was first revealed in September last year – aims to bring the desktop website closer to the style of the mobile app, says Linkedin, which was redesigned in December 2015.

Linkedin’s new website was unveiled at an event in San Francisco. The new design hopes to be “cleaner, simpler and more intuitive”, the company says, and has many features similar to less business-orientated social media platforms such as Facebook.

Linkedin new homepage
Linkedin new homepage

The updated homepage sees more emphasis on the news feed. It takes up a central column, and encourages users to post more, with a more prominent box at the top of the page where users can write a status or post an article.

A side box in the top left is now devoted to the user’s profile, and the right hand side of the page suggests company and user profiles to follow, as well as trending news and blogs.

The main navigation at the top of the page has also been cleaned up and clarified, including new symbols and explanatory text underneath them such as “Notifications”, with a small, red icon to indicate updates, similar to Facebook. It also enables users to search for jobs more easily, placing this on the main navigation bar too.

Linkedin new profile page
Linkedin new profile page

Profile pages have been neatened up, bunching up all basic profile information at the top of the page, followed by space devoted to the users’ posts, then their previous work experience.

Linkedin new chat feature
Linkedin new chat feature

There is also a new messaging feature. In a similar style to Facebook Messenger, message windows now pop up at the bottom of the screen, providing a quicker way for people to communicate.

Linkedin new chat feature
Linkedin new chat feature

The new messaging platform has a smart chat bot integrated into it, which will be able to compare users’ calendars and help them schedule meetings by suggesting times and places.

Users now also have the capability to find out more about who is viewing their profile, reading and sharing their posts and liking their updates. Job titles, locations and company names now appear for people who engage with others’ profiles.

Linkedin has also launched its own learning platform, Linkedin Learning, which lets users search for and access relevant training courses.

The company says “this is the largest redesign since Linkedin’s inception”. It has started rolling out for members this month, and users’ profiles will continue to update and change as the year goes on.

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  • Dennis Cagan December 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I have been active on LinkedIn since July 2003. I find the trend to mobile-like UI very disturbing. The new web UI does not seem to give me easy access to all the things I had grown to find convenient. Also, I cannot find any navigation to the original ‘classic’ version. What are these people thinking? I use the site as an important business tool, not a fast-food entertainment impulse feed. Please get back to basics. BTW, is there a way back to the ‘classic’ UI?

    • Dev January 12, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Can’t make everyone happy! I find it much easier to use.

  • Mark January 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I still don’t have this UI, do i need to change it?

  • marissa February 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    My page is not showing the new layout is there a way to change it? I would love the new layout!

  • Dick Kuiper February 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The well-documented Microsoft greed machine strikes again. By dumbing down LinkedIn to be a Facebook wannabe, they have destroyed a very valuable business tool. The technie nerds should stick to their video games and leave business to the adults who understand business. Will someone please step up with a replacement!

  • Ross Hall March 5, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    It’s still pretty buggy with elements moving around in unexpected ways, the newsfeed heavily sanitised and a few bits and bobs missing. It’s also pretty rubbish on the iPad (the page is set too wide). Most of these problems have been reported since September, so I’m guessing there have been big infrastructure changes that have distracted from getting the UX right.

    If it were a brand new, never been tried before product we might be tolerant. Some of us, though, have a lot invested in it. Perhaps a case study for how NOT to do a major update.

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