I like the look and feel of the new site; however I must say that I also think the old site is a bit easier to navigate.
When the current WC was launched the biggest complaint was the navigation. I do find it surprising that some don't like the new system. How would you improve it?
Well, there are some areas where skins are mentioned instead of displayed, as depicted below.
Personally, the fact that WC always seemed to display some sort of preview or thumbnail of a skin rather than simply list the name of the skin was the biggest draw that got me hooked. I personally can't stand how many other skinning sites tend to list the skins. I want to see them. And to me, adding a click in-between just makes it more difficult.
Also, I like having the personal navigation bar that contains usability options for me personally. On the old WC, I feel like when I come to the site, that it's mine. On the new WC, I feel like somewhat of a visitor; and I think that the lack of any type of navigation bar is partly the reason.
I know that the "My Skins" section will be put in later, but the screenshot below might partially explain why I feel like the current site is mine:
In my living room, I have my sofa; my place on my sofa; my tv; pictures of my family, etc. In my living room, I feel comfortable. I'll relax, grab a Coke, kick back, relax and stay a while. When in someone else's living room, I am not as comfortable--I won't be as ready to "take my shoes off," so to speak.
I'm not trying to complain; I sincerely hope that the new site will be "a little more about me." Cuz if it is, then I'll frequent it as much or more than I do the current site. I love WC--it's my online home, and I'm comfortable here.
I know that sometimes we have to break out of our comfort zone; but I still want the new WC to feel like home.