Welcome to Kinja 1.2, the latest platform design from the guys that brought you all past iterations of Kinja! This post will show you how to get around a blog's home page in Kinja 1.2.

1. Hamburger Menu

This menu does much more than just sound delicious. Think of it as a hub for all of your personal belongings in Kinja. You can access your private view, compose a new post, update your account settings, access blogs you're an author on, and logout.

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Clicking the hamburger menu icon will reveal the menu in place of your sidebar (explained in point 6 below). Click the icon again, or click anywhere outside of the menu contents to reveal the sidebar again.

2. Notifications menu

This is where your notifications appear. Notifications are indicators that someone has interacted with your content. If you don't have any new notifications, this circle will be empty and grey. As your content is replied to and recommended, the empty grey circle will become red and full of numbers which correspond to how many new notifications you've received. Click the circle to show your most recent notifications. To see all of your notifications, click the see all link at the bottom of the notifications menu.

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Clicking the notifications menu icon will reveal the menu in place of your sidebar (explained in point 6 below). Click the icon again, or click anywhere outside of the menu contents to reveal the sidebar again.

3. Popular stories sidebar

A list of trending stories on the blog. Depending on which blog you visit, this will either display the most popular posts by traffic or posts recommended by the site's editorial staff.

4. Blog interaction menu and avatar

Clicking this drop down arrow reveals a menu with a handful of blog options. You can follow the blog to see all the blog's posts in your private view. You'll also see links to all the blog's sub-domains, and links to the Gawker Media sister sites, for ease of cross-site navigation.

The accompanying avatar acts as an anchor to the home page. Click the avatar at any time to return to the blog's home page.

5. Search bar

Click into the bar and search for your favorite topics. This search applies only to the blog you're currently searching from. You can search across all blogs from Kinja's front page.

6. Post byline

The byline shows you who authored the post. Click the author's name to view their profile. It also displays how many people are participating in the post's discussions. Click the number of other participants to be taken directly to the replies.

7. Recommendations

The number next to the star displays how many people have recommended the post. Clicking the star will add a your recommendation to the post.


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Hat tip to artiofab for the inspiration

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