Top 10 Biggest Website Redesigns of All Time

Top 10 Website Redesigns In honor of the new FreelanceFolder redesign, we decided to create a list of the top 10 most beautiful, most dramatic, and some cases just biggest website redesigns we could find. Some of these designs showcase monumental leaps in design, whereas others portray a more subdued and calculated approach to redesigning a major website.

Let’s take a look at the list:

#10. Yahoo

After going through a number of big redesigns over the years, Yahoo has found itself in one of the most difficult positions it has ever faced. This new redesign represents a serious effort to help stem the long, slow slide into obscurity.

Old Design:
Yahoo's Old Design

New Design:
Yahoo's New Design

 

#9. Amazon

Amazon is one of those companies that redesigns on a daily basis, so it’s sometimes difficult to even tell when they’ve made a big design change. That said, there was a really big step a few years ago when Amazon made the move from flat buttons to the new rounded interface we are used to today.

Old Design:
amazon-old

New Design:
amazon-new

 

#8. LinkedIn

Always a foundational website in the social media world, representing professionals and business, LinkedIn has never really found the same growth as the more personal and interactive websites. This redesign represents a few small steps in that direction — toward interactivity — along with a number of important usability enhancements.

Old Design:
linkedin-old

New Design:
linkedin-new

 

#7. Facebook

This redesign is here not because it is visually dramatic, but because Facebook is the second highest trafficked website in the world, and even layout changes like this are enormous when you consider how many users they effect. Not to mention, it seems every time Facebook redesigns something there is an enormous outcry from users, both positive and negative.

Old Design:
facebook-old

New Design:
facebook-new

 

#6. Ebay

Even though they are well past their gloried-times, Ebay is still a major player on the internet. Over the past several years they have been tweaking and adjusting their homepage for maximum impact and usability. I think it is actually getting better.

Old Design: ebay-old

New Design: ebay-new

 

#5. Whitepages.com

Much less popular than many of the pages in this list, Whitepages.com is still fairly large compared to most sites. Combine that with a substantial (and expensive) redesign, and they come in at number five.

Old Design: whitepages-old

New Design: whitepages-new

 

#4. MySpace

Despite losing to Facebook in the website battle of the century, MySpace has shown that they are still capable of growth and improvement. This redesign is an example of them flexing some design muscle.

Old Design: myspace-old

New Design: myspace-new

 

#3. WordPress.org

In a list about redesigns it would be practically criminal to leave out the web platform that designers love most. The homepage of WordPress.org hasn’t changed much over the years, but their last redesign seriously improved the looks of the site and helped bring them inline with modern styles.

Old Design:
wordpress-old

New Design:
wordpress-new

 

#2. Twitter.com

From a company that seems only capable of angering its users with change, this was actually one major redesign that everyone seemed to love. Not only is this a visually impressive change, it also represents a fundamental shift in focus of the company towards search.

Old Design:
twitter-old

New Design:
twitter-new

 

#1. Whitehouse.gov

Nevermind the cultural and other changes that are associated with this site, from a purely visual standpoint this is a striking redesign of one of the world’s most heavily trafficked websites.

Old Design:
whitehouse-old

New Design:
whitehouse-new

 

More Web Design Resources from FreelanceFolder

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What do you think?

Did we miss any major redesigns? Do you disagree with any of the choices showcased here?

Let us know in the comments!