PayPal offers details on streamlined website redesign

PayPal has begun teasing the redesign of its internal web pages. The move brings its internal look in line with its home page, which was redesigned last summer.

The new internal redesign offers a cleaner look. Information is organized into three columns, instead of the current two, which allows more information to be displayed in less space. That's important to users who operate their browsers in less than full-screen mode.

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PayPal's new design for the user account page

All money information about your account is located in a column on the left side of the account screen.

You can find the balance in your account, bank and credit card accounts associated with it, PayPal credit —including Bill Me Later information and quick access to info on any gift cards, coupons, and loyalty cards linked to your account.

In the current PayPal layout, money information is comingled with notifications and account activity information in a single column.

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PayPal balance information and other payment methods are grouped together in the new design.

With the new layout, notification and activity information is located in a column in the middle of the page.

Notifications—items like alerts that your Bill Me Later statement is ready or that a coupon you have is due to expire—and activity—payments and transfers made from your account—are more distinctly set apart from each other than they are in the current PayPal version.

Activity in the new layout is abbreviated, by default, so that more activities can be displayed in less space. Detail about an item can be shown by moving your cursor over an item and clicking on an option in a drop-down menu.

If you want to see the details of all your activities at once, you can just click on the "see-all-activity" link in the recent activity section.

Shortcuts for your account, which allow you to perform tasks such as sending, requesting, adding, and withdrawing money, have been moved from their position as tabs at the top of the account page in the current layout to a column on the right side of the page.

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In the new design, recent activity in your account is easy to see.

PayPal hasn't announced a timetable for the roll out of its new look, but for many users it can't be soon enough.

For users nostalgic for Web 1.0, the current layout may have some charm. Most others, though, will welcome the new layout with open arms.

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