Standardizing Kinja for All of Our UsersS

Over the past six months, there have been two consistent user requests: the ability to add custom logos to their blogs and a way to keep their replies from overwhelming the posts on their blog. *

Well, we have some good news.

We've spent the last few months iterating on an updated design for Kinja blogs. We rolled the first version onto front.kinja.com in mid-July and an updated version onto Gawker Media sites in mid-August.

Today, we're pushing out the last round of tweaks onto the Gawker Media sites and all Kinja accounts will shift over to this new and improved design by October 17.

Here's what you can expect:

A Logo for Every Blog. All users will be able to add custom branding to their blog. Logos should be 600px wide, with a maximum height of 180px. We think that transparent PNGs look best, but JPGs will work as well.

For blogs that already have a logo in place, you'll need to swap in a larger logo.

A Better Replies-to-Posts ratio. We've heard you loud and clear: Seeing every reply in full on your blog can be overwhelming. With this update, we'll roll up all of the replies you've left on a post into a single line on your blog. If that's still too overwhelming, you can remove replies altogether.

A Place to Showcase All of Your Recommends. This update introduces a fixed sidebar for your blog that highlights posts and discussions that you've recommended from across Kinja. If that's not enough real estate for your Recommends, you can also add them to the main flow of your blog.

A New Share Tool. More often than not, when you share a post you want to feature something specific. Maybe you want to write an introduction, or highlight some of the better discussions. Beginning on Oct. 17, whenever you choose to share a post on Kinja, you'll be able to do just that. The share tool is currently available on Gawker Media sites, and will open up to all of Kinja on Oct. 17. Here is an example of a Valleywag post shared by Max Read of Gawker.

If you'd like to move over to the new design earlier than October 17, send us an email with your Kinja URL and we'll let you know when we're ready to begin early transitions.

Update: We will roll all blogs over to the new design at 6AM EDT on October 18.

Update 2: We ran into a hiccup pushing this out today, we'll share an updated release time as soon as we have it.