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:
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.
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!