New Stack Overflow Footer & About Pages Launch Today

If you go anywhere on stackoverflow.com today, you’ll notice a brand new footer, new About pages, and possibly a few other surprises we’re still testing out (not everyone will see these yet).

Back in February, we updated our top navigation, and today’s changes follow in the footsteps of this effort. We wanted to make it easier for developers to find what they need so they can learn, share, and build their careers. We also needed to make our company information more accessible to press, and to surface our product offerings for customers.

As an example of why we’re prioritizing these updates, check out our old footer. It was a bit of a labyrinth:

We hope the new one gives you a smarter guide:

We’re excited to continue our work improving your experience with Stack Overflow; stay tuned for more changes. Ideas on what could be better or see any bugs? Please let us know on Meta using the [bug], [feature-request], or [design] tags.

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  2. camden_kid says:

    I still don’t like the new top bar. The old darker, thinner one where the green of the point score icon stood out clearly and was pleasant too see, was much nicer.

    I’m glad the footer is still dark and it looks like a nice improvement.

  3. LorenzoAdinolfi says:

    great solution!
    I have a technical question, how do you install the same footer on every site? By manually install the code on each site?
    and how do you maintain in sync the footer on every site if you need to change something?
    thank you

    1. oldmate says:

      Header, navigation and footer would be a server side include (just google php, php includes) and the page that includes it would be a template.. The only thing that changes is the questions in the middle of the page, and the recent questions down the right sidebar etc. (which would be pulled out of a database)

      By including the footer, they only need to write the code once, and then its copied everywhere they choose to include it. So if they want to update/change something, because there is only one file, they only have to change it once.

      Some simple examples: https://www.w3schools.com/pHp/php_includes.asp

      1. LorenzoAdinolfi says:

        ok thankyou, I know about include function but my question was how to sync among the network sites (stackexchange, S.O. Blog, Server Fault, etc…) not across pages in the same site.

  4. sklivvz says:

    This has probably been beaten to death internally, but: what about the network sites?

    1. Joe Friend says:

      Network sites are great. We frequently test out changes on Stack Overflow and then take them live to all the network sites after we’ve worked out all the kinks.

    2. Oded says:

      On their way – need to finalize design on those (yay to all those themes!), make sure all the links make sense on them (don’t want to link “questions” just to Stack Overflow…) and then -> out they go.

      The plan was to first release on SO, tweak/fix as needed, then, when we are happy with that, check how it looks everywhere else and release everywhere.

      1. sklivvz says:

        <3 so you got the footer again after a few years. LOL.

  5. Alexandru Cancescu says:

    It’s just a footer…

  6. michaelprflores says:

    Been enjoying these new UI features. Great work!

  7. Kemcho says:

    I can now foresee a new design trend, accordions in footer.

  8. Lundin says:

    This is the biggest thing since the new top bar! SO is really the cutting edge of the latest bar technology! I would propose to pool resources on the question quality bar next.

    1. Toby says:

      Ha! Gotta love a pool bar 😉

  9. Máté Juhász says:

    Lot of useful updates indeed. I understand stackoverflow is probably the most important site of the network, however many users would appreciate some improvements on other sites and also in mobile view too.

  10. Joe Friend says:

    Hogan & Yahav, We are working on updating the footers across the full range of sites (Stack Exchange, SO Blog, etc). We have enough sites that it takes a little time to get to all of them.

    1. LorenzoAdinolfi says:

      I have a question about this here: http://disq.us/p/1k43ycy

  11. Thomas says:

    More line-height in the title please 😛

  12. Peter Taylor says:

    “Jobs” and “Developer Jobs Directory”: what’s the difference? I would guess that one’s the general jobs page and the other is for jobs at Stack Exchange, but just to confuse me that’s “Work Here”.

  13. Yahav Burstein says:

    I thought Stack Overflow is part of Stack Exchange, network of sites, which **should have the same design**. You work really hard to make Stack Overflow different, and appear to NOT be part of the network. Well done.

    1. Oded says:

      6-8 weeks and they will have it. Just need to work through the different site designs to make sure the footer works with each, then they will be assimilated!

      1. Yahav Burstein says:

        Thanks, but what about the top bar?

        1. Oded says:

          Also in the works. Again, lots of site designs to work through.

  14. Hogan Long says:

    But then the footer on this page is different — ahhh the irony.

    1. Robert Dundon says:

      Looks like this blog is using WordPress, and SO has its own bespoke stack

  15. Andrew Diamond says:

    Hey it’s not super massive anymore! What a thing!