LookSmart has undergone a major redesign this month, dropping the last vestiges of its original Java-based browsing system. It now has a very clean, bright look. LookSmart moved away from the Java interface in order to speed up load times and improve stability for users.
"Our HTML version mimics the core functionality of the Java version, but is quicker to load, more stable, and easier to maintain," said Marketing Manager Elizabeth Connaghan.
Users can continue to browse or search the guide. Browsing, by default, taps into LookSmart reviews. Searching, by default, taps into the Alta Vista database of sites.
Despite the default search using Alta Vista, LookSmart remains committed to reviewing the web. It has added two new categories (People & Chat, Hobbies & Interest) and currently has 200,000 reviews, Connaghan said.
"We hold the view that our review style is the best written with the best focus of any directory and that consumers find them valuable," Connaghan said.
Sites can continue to submit themselves for review using the site submission form, found via the Feedback link on the home page. Sites already listed in Alta Vista will be available for those performing Alta Vista searches via LookSmart.
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