Enough time has passed since the launch of the new and supposedly improved Google Webmaster tools have gone live to take a look at what is and is not working with them. If you check recent SEO news updates, the jury is split on how much better the update is. While some are fiercely devoted to the new layout and scheme, others are less convinced of it being all that it is cracked up to be. Here is some of the good and bad.
The new dashboard has gone to a widget style which is customizable. That is something that has proved very popular and useful so far and would have been worthy of an update on it’s own. The navigation outside of the widgets is a little sketchy. For most users it seems to be a matter of either getting it or not getting it. In time, complaints over this should lessen greatly. The compact view has also been popular amongst webmasters dealing with several sites at once.
On the downside, subscriber stats and site performance tools are gone which is idiotic really all things considered. There was no inclusion of anything to explain penalty reports or those for service issues. The biggest problem has been how often it crashes if you track several websites. That is a ridiculous problem to have be so prevalent, All told, things changed but not really for the better or worse. It seems a lot was change for the sake of change.