Google Navigation Bar gets a makeover.......Again!

Google falls back its Navigation Bar to the good ol’ Black


Google homepage is now back with the old black navigation bar. Just a few months back Google had released a compact version of its navigation bar which used javascript to show a drop-down menu layout. Apparently the change upset a few of them.

As you can see in the pic below, the navigation bar is hidden behind the Google logo and expands when you hover over it. This bar was beginning to get uncomfortable for users, as we couldn’t directly click on the links. Also it was time consuming to hover over the logo and locate the links we wished to go to.

Google old rollover navigation bar

The use of javascript on pages also makes it rather slow while loading. Any Search Engine’s primemost characteristic should be, that it should load quickly, to make users search for things they want, right after they hit the Search button. Another drawback of the old navigation bar was, it took too much space on the homepage.

Here is the new navigation bar which was seen just a few weeks back. The navigation bar is black and is static. There are direct links placed on the bar to your favorite social features.

Google new black navigation bar

If you are still seeing the old hover navigation bar, try clearing cookies and emptying your cache from the browser and restart to see the new bar. Personally i think the black navigation bar is just fine, pure simple and attractive. That’s the way i like it. It seems Google is trying out new features to measure the user experience. Getting valuable feedback from people is a nice way to experiment something new.

The new black bar is compact in its design and sits right at the top of the webpage. Sometimes simple is better. We shouldn’t try to complicate things just so they can look nice.

What do you think of the new Google Navigation Bar? Please share your opinions by making a comment! Thank You.

  • rainingtearsofchocolate exists

    I was so upset with the dropdown menu. I couldn’t stand it; it took up so much room just to hide what we wanted. I wanted the black bar back. But this, I think, is even better than the original black bar. It’s like a combination of the two versions, and I think it’s the best one.

    • thanks for your feedback šŸ™‚ even i like the new black bar…the links turn to white when they are hovered upon..i guess it has more of a elegant new look now! šŸ˜€

  • Google looks so simple with the new navigation bar but more user friendly instead of old navigation bar which is the most important advantage of the new navigation bar in the comparison of its looks.