See behind the curtain: Preview of new iwillteachyoutoberich design

Ramit Sethi · June 7th, 2007

Here’s a new iwillteachyoutoberich design I’m going to be deploying in a week or two. Key improvements: It should be easier to find popular/older posts, easier subscribing, easier sharing, and a lot of vanity effects like what books I’m reading and what things I’m bookmarking. Thanks to Wilson Miner and Josh Lehman for their help.

Coming soon to iwillteachyoutoberich

Play around with the sandbox here and let me know if there are any bugs / things I overlooked. (Some of the functionality, like email-to-a-friend, won’t work until it goes live.)

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  1. A Tentative Personal Finance Blog

    Looks much nicer… the new picture doesn’t make you look like scary stalker either.

  2. Ramit Sethi


  3. acidspit

    Maybe it just seems this way because it’s a smaller version, but could you make the content portion a bit wider? Scrolling seriously sucks.

  4. Maybe a smiling picture? I think serious-faced photos have the effect of looking forced. But I am just an amateur photographer so I guess it’s just easier for me that way.

    How about a permanent link to PBwiki on your home page? Or will your mini bio include a link where your job title is listed?

    Thanks for sharing the new look! Best of luck!

  5. Johan

    Nice, I really like it. Good job.

  6. Brandon

    I would integrate the bottom content on the right side, given how tall your site generally is. The layout seems to have been designed in a vacuum, without knowledge of your typical article’s length and as a result the bottom nav needs far too much scrolling to see.

    Also, fix the © at the bottom.

    Otherwise, it’s clean – I like it.

  7. Austin

    Clean and simplistic, perfect! But, why ruin it with the social news icons?

  8. I like it.
    I like that you kept the green (the existing site) and added the blue (the book and speaking gigs).
    The only suggestion that I would make is put the newsletter sign up above the categories.
    It ties in with the book, and speaking (another point of contact).

  9. Key improvements: You took off the picture of just the bespectacled eyes for a full head shot.

    I have to say, the last picture makes you look like an Indian version of Jared from the Subway commercials!

  10. WoW!!! This is awesome. This is good stuff, can’t wait Ramit!

  11. Sorry for multiple comments, but why do you do this approval process with comments, why not just have a captcha plug-in installed?

  12. Philip Plante

    DM: Maybe if you read the note you would realize that he says he gets plenty of spam. And the captchas out for wordpress suck and probably have all been broken since this blog platform is so large.

    Rammit I love the new design. Only complaint is that its not my site.

  13. Christina

    Goodness…I’m glad you are making this new design happen because your site REALLY needed it.

    Not only is too much scrolling bad in general, but if you put important content on the bottom of the page (you must scroll all the way down to see it), not a lot of people will see it.

  14. Jennifer Lynn

    Hi Ramit –

    The screen shot is itty bitty, but it looks promising. I’m excited to see how the new layout will actually look live.


  15. ginny

    me likes the new layout, way more user friendly.

  16. Elissa

    Coding wise, the new site gets an A+! Minus the © symbol that is.

    As for design, since you’ve done a great job integrating a more user friendly archive and search method, I think you could stand to lose the length of the page.
    In the sandbox you have about a month’s worth of entries. That’s A LOT! True, it is only 10 posts, but dude, your posts are loooooong. They’re good… superb even, but still long. You should probably limit the frontpage to having only the past week’s worth of entries. Cutting down on the scrolling is always courteous and it’ll make the footer content more accessible.

    And personally, I really like the look of the footer. It would be a shame to see it go and have the content incorporated into the sidebar.

  17. Enrique

    It looks good.
    I would a place a drow down bar to search for articles:investing,paying off debts,real-estate.

  18. Tammy

    I suggest an outter bg. It’s all white, white on white. Looks bad, change the outter bg to something else. Light grey like yuo have right now would work, itll put your site and content more in focus.

  19. Shak R

    Not to be the devil’s advocate or anything, but something about the date and comments link placement directly under the title seems to make it appear cluttered (am I the only one?).

    I’d love to draw up a little concept / sketch of what I’d do to it, if you’d like.

    Overall, the look is a welcome change, and gives the website a serious, profound look.

  20. Well done. Very clean, simple, and effective. I am definitely all about clean and usable design. The only suggestion I would have is concerning the content you are placing at the bottom of the screen. It is going to take a lot of scrolling to make it all the way down there. I understand it’s secondary content to what is above but it seems awkward and detached down there? Just a thought…Your design is setting the standard for other personal finance blogs. Why no blogroll if you don’t mind me asking? I would be curious what other blogs you read…