Google Webmaster Tools Gets a Fresh Look

Google Webmaster Tools announced an update to their interface today! The new dashboard is pretty cool giving you a quick overview of the site pulse with what looks like pretty new graphs too!

There were not a lot of changes except for HTML Suggestions became HTML Improvements, however the functionality remains the same and the dashboard is a nice enhancement. Personally I don’t remember seeing Health as an option, seem to remember

Diagnostics used to hold those same items as Health. Anyone who manages a large number of sites can view site-list in a compact layout, without preview thumbnails which I guess is kinda’ cool as well.  Below is how the Googly described the changes in the left Margin:

new dashboard in wmt

Google’s Team regrouped the left margin along Configuration, Health, Traffic and Optimization. Each group represents a related set of functionality:

  • Configuration: Things you configure and generally don’t change very often.
  • Health: Where you look to make sure things are OK.
  • Traffic: Where you go to understand how your site is doing in Google search, who’s linking to you; where you can explore the data about your site.
  • Optimization: Where you can find ideas to enhance your site, which enables us to better understand and represent your site in Search and other services.

compact site-list

All in all for the first time in a long time this is an improvement to the interface and usability. Lets just say I generally am not a fan of these changes to these services. Enjoy the new GWT!

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