You're Invited To Try The New Sidebar

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UPDATE: The opt-in period for the new sidebar has closed as of October 7th. Thank you to everyone who participated in this early opt-in period. The feedback we’ve received so far has been invaluable in helping us improve and optimize the sidebar. Please continue sharing your feedback! Moving forward, we’ll now be rolling out the new sidebar to a wider pool of deviants, so no more need to opt-in. Again, thanks so much to those who participated for helping us create a better DeviantArt experience!

You’re invited to try a brand new sidebar that gives you quick access to some of your favorite features and groups!

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The Goal of The New Sidebar

There are several ways to browse and consume content on DeviantArt, and with this update, our goal was to create a consistent experience across Browse (New and Popular), Search, Daily Deviations, Topics, Groups, and most importantly, deviants you watch. Bringing more attention to Groups was a big part of this update, and we have plenty more planned around improvements to Groups.

Here’s what we aim to accomplish with the new sidebar:

  • Create a unified and consistent experience across Watch, Browse, and Groups

  • Provide easy access to Popular, New, and Topics

  • A new way to browse and interact with posts

  • Boost visibility to Daily Deviations

  • Put your Groups front and center

  • Provide a way to find new communities relevant to your interests

Gradual Rollout, Testing, and Improvements

We are still shaping and configuring the sidebar before its release to everyone. In the coming weeks, it will steadily be rolled-out to deviants and, as that happens, we’ll be analyzing its performance and how it affects site engagement. Please take note that the Watch page has moved under the ellipsis icon in the upper right corner (where you’d access Groups, Prints, and Forum). During this roll out, we’ll be testing various components of the feature to make sure it’s as integrated as possible. This means that you may see parts of the feature change as we move forward, such as the default page when you visit home, the default tab you land on, or even aspects as small as the color of a button. As always, please share your feedback.

Choose a Browse Mode

Take a pick of what you’d like to view: Home, Deviants You Watch, Daily Deviations, Topics, Popular, and New. Home is your default view, which is a mixture of Recommended For You, Deviants You Watch, and strips of curated content.

Toggle Between Deviations or Posts

Each feed — with the exception of Daily Deviations and Topics — are split between two sections: deviations and posts. Deviations contain visual art and literature, while posts contain journals, status updates, and polls.

Putting Your Groups Front and Center

It’s now easier than ever to browse your favorite Groups, see the latest updates, and dive into discussions. As an admin of a Group, you can share journals directly to your Group from the feed. If there’s a Group that you come back to often, pin it to the top of the sidebar so that it’s even easier to access. To get to a Group’s profile, click the Group’s name at the top of its feed.

We still have several more updates planned for Groups, so stay tuned!

Find New Groups to Join

At the bottom of the sidebar, you can find personalized recommendations of Groups to join. For deviants who run their own Groups, this feature will give your Group more exposure to deviants who are likely to be interested.


  1. Gain access to the feature by favouriting this journal! Please note: Once you’ve received access, you will not be able to disable the feature.

  2. Once this journal is favourited, you will be automatically given access to the feature within 24-48 hours.

  3. After having a chance to try things out, share your feedback on the official feedback form and/or the project’s official Discord. (Please note that this Discord is specifically for feedback about this project — it is not a general DeviantArt Discord.)

Thank you, and we look forward to reading your feedback!

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PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Time To Switch It Back Into Old Top Ones!

PortalToAnywhere's avatar

Flooding the comments is not going to help lol.

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Please Save The Old Top Deviantart!

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

We Need The Old One! We Hate The Sidebar!

Nala10000's avatar

uh.. i dont like this sidebar at all really, will there ever be an option to switch back orr

McP13's avatar

You know Paris, France? In English, it's pronounced "Paris" but everyone else pronounces it without the "s" sound, like the French do. But with Venezia, everyone pronouces it the English way: "Venice". Like The Merchant of Venice or Death in Venice. WHY, THOUGH!? WHY ISN'T THE TITLE DEATH IN VENEZIA!? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? IT TAKES PLACE IN ITALY, SO USE THE ITALIAN WORD, DAMMIT! THAT SHIT PISSES ME OFF! BUNCH OF DUMBASSES!

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Stop Liking This New Sidebar. Now Dislike It!

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Can You Switch It Back into Old Top Deviantart?

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar
DocMikeB's avatar

I don't like it... please give to users the chance to disable this feature.

DinoGirlGamer71's avatar

I don't want this sidebar!

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PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Everyone Had To Swich It Back into Old Layout In Deviantart

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

New Sidebar Will Go Away In 2021!

This New Sidebar Sucks!

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Everyone Don't Like The New Sidebar!

It's Sucks!

PFLims207SevereVGCP's avatar

Everyone Hates New Sidebar!

FeatheredRainbovv's avatar

You do. Not everyone does.

Azure-Dragon-Seiryu's avatar

I don't like the new sidebar but there's nothing I can do about it

sfBluepan's avatar

How can I get back my old DA comment folders and favourited folders?

I lost many important deta... :cries:

Azure-Dragon-Seiryu's avatar

I'm afraid you can't really, it's all in scripts and it's in their computers back at DAHQ.

VyrusVoyd's avatar

So I was given the sidebar without having favourited this journal, now it suddenly dissapeared? Is there some odd bug going around?

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