April Showers Bring May Flowers Which Bring … a New Plugged In!


Look at what just sprouted in our Internet garden! As of today, for most of you at least, Plugged In‘s review site has grown a new look: lots of pretty pictures and, in a Plugged In first, lots of purple. Seems fitting for that springtime thing, right? Love it or, um, just like it, know that our reviews are still the same in-depth takes on popular entertainment that you’ve come to expect from us. Still, we hope you enjoy and find useful the accompanying bells and whistles that have undergone a bit of transformation.

Also know that we’re making tweaks as we go, so your feedback here in this blog forum will be pored over and much appreciated!


Who wrote this?

Steven Isaac served as editor for Plugged In’s NRB- and EPA-award-winning website for more than a decade, orchestrating, managing, scheduling, shaping and tweaking at least 750 reviews and articles annually. He’s a husband and a father of a teenager.

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Kal El More than 1 year ago
The "Upcoming Reviews" tab appears to be missing, which I don't care for because I liked being aware of what I was going to be reading about in advance.

I also don't like that (at least on the mobile site, not sure about the desktop version as I apparently can't view it via phone anymore) the Cast & Crew details in the movie reviews are now at the way bottom of the page. I'd actually prefer them up top with the PluggedIn rating, MPAA rating, etc., rather than having to skim to the bottom of the page for that info, then shoot to the top to read the actual review.

Overall though I think it's a decent design, though I admit I am still missing elements of the old.
NathanSexten More than 1 year ago
1. I think the RSS feed is broken...
2. I also miss the appropriateness scale.
3. Can't find the movie nights page.

The aesthetics are fantastic though. Good job!
Dan Haynes More than 1 year ago
Where is the A-Z listing in each category?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss the child through adult appropriateness scale that was at the top of the old reviews.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
It was indeed more specific per age group, which (outside the written review itself) was handy for reviews whose appropriateness didn't necessarily scale with age (e.g., something other than "red for children, yellow for teens, green for adults").  Granted, I'm not really one for review scores to start with, so a possible alternative would be for each paragraph to have a summation sentence in bold, such as "Sexual Content: While not blatantly explicit, XYZ Film glosses over the long-term consequences of its characters' impulsive actions."  It could perhaps provide a nice bridge between the "general" nature of an appropriateness score and the full detail of the review itself.
Carlton DeLéon More than 1 year ago
Too much purple.  Otherwise pretty modern and awesome look.