Sean Cody Just Redesigned Their Entire Site, And I Hate It

Posted October 13, 2015 by with 100 comments

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Whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Sean Cody just redesigned their entire website, and it’s not good. There are nearly 2,000 videos in the Sean Cody library, but if you look at the homepage (as capped above), only the most recent 454 videos will show up. Once you’re logged in as a member, all of the older videos (over 1,500 more) do appear.

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This sucks for non-members who want to see all of the content available to them if they join. Plus, given that the majority of Sean Cody’s best content is from over two years ago, you’d think they would want to leave previews of the older content up! Guess not.

The worst aspect of the redesign (which is no doubt another result of the MindGeek acquisition) is the model search function. Before, you’d use the handy drop down box where all the models’ names would be, and you’d simply click on the one you wanted. Now, it’s literally a four step process.

First, you have to click on a “models” link at the top of the page, which then takes you to a “most popular” page.

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Then, you have to select “a-z” from the drop down, and it takes you to another page, obviously starting with “a.”

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Then, if you want to look up, say, “Rylan,” you have to click the “r.”

AND THEN? Once you get to the “r” page, you still have to click through the numbered pages at the bottom to reach Rylan. Ugh.

ryla1You have to guesstimate where Rylan will show up based on the spelling of his name. At first I thought page 3, but of course, he was all the way on page 4.

Long story short, not being able to pull up a model’s profile via one click is a huge waste of time.

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Oh, and if you’re not logged in as a member, an older model like Rylan (and all of his scenes) won’t even show up. (And FYI: models like Ethan and Patrick and Jake and even Calvin(!) don’t show up either if you’re not logged in.)

The single “r” page ends with Ryder. Sorry, Rylan.

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For consumers looking for visually pleasing images on the front page, this might be fine. But for a blogger who’s constantly referring to classic or even slightly older Sean Cody scenes, filmographies, and model stats, this is a nightmare.

Poke around on the site and let me know what you think (there are new sharing options on the trailer pages and a new photo gallery interface; if you’re a member, there are new video players and download tools). For those of you with nearly 10 years of experience navigating around SeanCody.com, what do you think? Awful? Great? Maybe it’ll grow on you?

 

  • Unlimited Jason

    I’m with you! I hate it. What’s that old saying… “If it ain’t broke…”

  • Al

    Yes the new site sucks.

    • 1234

      Yes,it sucks donkey dick

  • sxg

    If you need more than 400 videos to determine whether or not you should subscribe to Sean Cody, you’re either straight or impotent. You’re more than likely upset about that part because it’s now harder for you to use the site when something interesting happens to their older models lol.

    But yes I hate website redesigns. Both your old blog and QMN have redesigned their sites, and replies have significantly dropped ever since the design change. So clearly the readers agree redesigning porn blogs are a complete waste of time, especially when they end up looking worse than before.

    • phny1959

      And why not make a point to potential subscribers that there any over 1500(!!) videos, not only 500. Dumb move by SC.

  • von schlomo

    I didn’t think it was possible to have a worse design than Corbin Fisher, but congrats Sean Cody, you win! I can only imagine that they aren’t finished and the rest of the missing videos and models will appear later.

    BTW, I wonder how they determine the popularity order of the models. Brandon, Stu then Jess make sense but then you have Abe, Tanner and David. While I constantly see people obsess over Abe and David, they wouldn’t be in my top 5 at SC. And Aiden, Randy and Sean in the Top 20…clearly underscores how 3/4’s of the models aren’t even there!

    • RaJ

      Sean Cody has started releasing best of compilations on dvd (Brandon and Stu have been released already with Tanner and Mountain Getaway coming soon) and I’m guessing that those are the models that will be featured initially.

      • 1234

        When they start coming out w/DVD compilations for the OLD models, then I’ll get it (not a fan of Brandon or Stu- though he’s handsome)

    • phny1959

      No, I think the CF redesign is worse, what happened to simple numbering of videos instead of giving scenes titles. Another case of change tht was not necessary. Both are worse than previous website designs. There may be technical reasons that required these changes, but otherwise not good.

      • von schlomo

        I agree that the design is worse at CF with all the pop-up windows, but at least CF’s non-member site accesses ALL of their scenes and ALL of their models.

        As a collector, the video numbering system was important to me in order to keep track of which videos I had and which videos I didn’t, but apparently most people couldn’t care less what number each scene is as most people don’t save every video published but instead only the ones they especially like.

  • Kevin

    I don’t get it either, why not put all the scenes on display? It’s like they are trying to undersell the site (if that makes sense). If you have become a fan of Brandon and you see only half his scenes on display you might not want to sign up. And who the hell does the measuring, Abe, Spencer and Brendan can’t be all 6 inches. Gabe/Jensen is listed as having a 6.5 inch dick and CF have him packing a 8.5 inch dick, pretty sure CF is closer to the mark.

    • von schlomo

      So, they’ve been compiling model stats all this time and just now decide to include them on the website? Bizarre. AFAIK, no stats have ever appeared on any version of the SC site. 6 inches seems about right for Brandon and Stu. While the number sounds unimpressive, there’s no sense in exaggerating just to make people feel better but there is sense to inflate numbers to sell subscriptions so I’m surprised they haven’t followed CF’s lead.

      Ever since several years back CF went into their model stats and added an inch to every guy’s cock size overnight I have been forever skeptical of their numbers.

      • Kevin

        They don’t have to exaggerate dick sizes, not surpised by Brendan or Spencers but Abe and Spencer did a scene together and they were clearly not the same size.

        • 1234

          They don’t know how to count or measure. It was better when they left all tht nonsense out (FYI I think Brandon & Spencer are smaller than 6- more like 5.5, not trying to be mean)

          • Kevin

            I agree with you on Brandon and Spencer, they were generous. I think Randy and Jack measured their dicks in the scene they did together, and Jack was also definitely bigger then 6.

          • 1234

            I know- I just about threw the computer against the wall when they claimed Jack was ONLY 6″ !!

          • Kevin

            I doubt they measured all of the models, seems to me they pulled these numbers out their ass.

          • 1234

            Watch them pull the same stunt on original Jake (from 2008). He & Ross measured their dicks on film, and if I remember correctly, they came out over 8.

          • Kevin

            This re-design and the stats is Mindgeek thing, i doubt the guys in SD had much say in this.

          • lemein

            Same with Peter and jess. IIRC when they measured they came up exactly the same, so how is Peter 9 and Jess 8.5? I think they’re both close to 9.
            And Sean, I don’t think he’s 9.5.

          • Kevin

            I don’t think Sean is bigger then Chandler from CF, who apparently is 9 inches.
            Like is said, Mindgeek pulled these numbers out of their asses.

          • 1234

            I just realized that Sean’s dick may APPEAR bigger because I’m almost certain he’s shorter than Chandler.

          • Kevin

            Apparently Chandler is 6ft and Sean is 5.11, so you are probably right.

          • 1234

            I suspect Sean isn’t really 5’11” (subtract an inch), just like Nathan isn’t really 6’2″ (maybe subtract 2″). People here don’t grow like they do in your country 🙂

          • Kevin

            Nathan does look tall but i doubt he is as tall as Abe and Jack. They also started again with the stories accompanying the scenes.

          • 1234

            I can’t decide if the stories are a good or bad thing

          • Kevin

            The trouble i could have with them is that they are all just made up.

      • Marvin Melhorn

        von schlomo wrote: “AFAIK, no stats have ever apeared on any version of the SC site.”

        Actually, when SC first started in 2001 (and for the first two or three years) they did include such stats as height, weight, and age, along with the models’ writeup.

    • Badger

      What good are stats if they can’t fuck?

      • 1234

        That question is best directed to Brandon- the top w/the not so big cock

  • hatefulmoz

    This is probably the worst redesign of the entire site but I’ve ever seen. I’m also perturbed by the fact that you can no longer choose your own screen name and password. Overall the trend seems to be that Sean Cody will move to just being something that you look up on pornhub and not sean cody proper.

  • Maximus

    First world problems?

    • von schlomo

      The production and consumption of porn is a first world thing. In starving Africa, they’d rather have a cheeseburger than the Bareback 2nd Coming of Christ, the Internet stopping, the drool inducing, 25 man, 15 part, TOTALLY RAW orgy series from Sean Cody starring Brandon, Stu, 10 more of the top idiots people clamor on about plus 13 more from the top 25 Sean Cody models of all time Best of the Reunion lollapallooza. Well, maybe two cheeseburgers.

    • Hudsonman

      Indeed! Let’s break it down:
      1. Hate is a strong word. Dislike, maybe but HATE?
      2. Considering SC has the top spot banner on this site … should they have asked?
      3. Affiliates have voting power?
      4. OY!

  • ltlantnee

    So lets say I’m surfing tube sites and find that I’m MADLY in love with a Sean Cody model. We’ll name him Brooks. I go to Sean Cody and search Brooks, credit card in hand, ready to pay, but Brooks only has 2 videos (not worth my time or money).

    I have 4 Brooks scenes in on my hard drive. That’s 50% more than what is available on the non-member content site. I’m certain that someone else has a better example of missing videos than mine, but I’d be MORE likely to subscribe if I knew there were more sceces by performers I actually like.

    Every time I’ve paid for a subscription is because I’ve stumbled across a model – some of whom have old content unavailable elsewhere – and am willing to pay for that content.

    • HereToRant

      That’s the exact way I was looking at it too.
      Another example would be Danny, who was one of the most visually pleasing men to ever grace Sean Cody’s studio. He won’t be searchable at all on SC’s website.
      Really dumb.

  • CK

    Decided to search for my fave, Peter. And only 4. fucking. scenes. came up. Unacceptable. Not even advertising Peter & Curtis, Peter & Troy, & Peter, Calvin, and Joshua. And you know what the thing about worst this is, Calvin and Ethan do not even show the up. I’m sorry, but someone needs to be fired for this shit. How are you not going to advertise Calvin of all people?

    • lemein

      I thought I was the only one who favored Peter.the most underrated model EVER!

      • Ben

        I wish he would come back and do more scenes. He’s in my top 3 sc best performers

        • 1234

          Sadly, we all know Peter won’t return ever. I’m assuming you know that he deeply regrets his SC past

          • lemein

            I know that him being in the military is kinda,sorta in the way of him returning but how do you know “he deeply regrets his SC past”?

          • 1234

            Didn’t a bunch of people on WB make that claim several updates ago?

          • lemein

            I don’t remember reading anything about it.then again I don’t always go through all the comments.
            Iong stroy short unless it came from Peter’s personal SM like in Stu’s case,I wouldn’t put too much stock in what was/is said over there.

          • 1234

            OK 🙂 point taken

          • Ben

            What???? He said there? Where?

    • TalkDirtyToMe

      Were you logged in? When I searched for Peter I got 8 scenes. Which quite frankly isn’t enough either! I also learned he was 6’2″ with a 9″ cock and I got to vote him as a favorite!

      • von schlomo

        Uh, how do you log in without paying?

    • phny1959

      You have to log on first. I initially though the same as you. But it is terrible marketing to potential subscribers. Wonder what they were thinking.

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  • FooFight

    Seems like for the past year or so, Sean Cody has made a concerted effort to LOSE subscribers instead of doing everything they can to get people to join.

  • Gazzaq

    Its not to bad but the pictures have been reduced to about 15 and the downloads are slightly complicated. The films number shave changed. Re the restrictions this is normal on other site and we have been slightly spoiled re access their whole webs it. Like Men.Com this will get worst as every time you go to do this, it directs you to the join page. One Positive is that it appears that I am able to stay logged in longer as previously I was logged off every 20 minutes.

  • Zane

    Hate it too. They have bigger problems. The older vids now look like they were filmed in the 70s – terrible conversion quality. Even the newer vids are beyond slow to load. If you want to fast forward – good luck. Somebody took a great site and threw it into the ground.

    • Badge

      To fix the older videos looking awful issue, click the three dots icons next to the heart and clock icon. From there, click settings and change it to the highest quality option. Took me forever to figure this out but older scenes look just the same now!

      • Zachary Sire

        No one should have to go through all that to watch the videos! (And never mind the fact that there are no instructions telling people how to watch/download.) A mess!

        • phny1959

          Maybe an explanation on the landing page of the website of how to best navigate it would help. Of course that would mean Sc cared about its subscribers, so probably not happening.

  • Godabed

    i don’t think it’s possible for me to care any less about sean cody or their site.

  • Stephen

    I think it looks better.

  • John Iii

    we’ve known for a little while now SC is just done

  • Philly T

    Very much like the frustrating unsearchable Men.com site. Same owner company, so same flawed design.

    • Badge

      You can search, even easier than the old site! Simply click the magnify glass at the top of the page when logged in! It not only shows you models when start typing in a few letters, but you can now search for tags as every video has been tagged with what it contains (cum eating, facials, etc)

  • Badger

    I also discovered this just now and it SUCKS! I opened the site, expecting the usual and found WTF!!!

  • Anthony

    If you click the little magnifying glass in the top right, you can search “Rylan” directly and all his videos will come up.

    • Zachary Sire

      Not if you’re a non-member.

  • WhimsyCotton

    Hopefully, they’ll have second thoughts about not allowing non-members to view all the previews. They have to realize it’s bad for business to not include some of your best models or in Calvin’s case THE best model.

    • Rick Tan

      I am so glad we’re all in agreement that Calvin is their best model. Not the hottest, obviously, but he’s the total package. Great body, great enthusiasm, and does everything.

      Curtis is talented, but he’s such a turn off looks wise I can’t believe he’s considered hot.

      • Mihcael Davies

        Calvin is hot to me though, his body wasn’t ripped but it is svelte and fit and his ass is amazing. Curtis isn’t very physically attractive though I’ll agree, his abilities save him

  • Badge

    So, a few pros and cons:

    Pros:
    -You can now add a video to your favorite list to find it quicker
    -You can build up a “watch later” list for those times when you to create a playlist and just go to town 😉
    -You can see how long you have left on your membership
    -Tags have been added to ALL videos so you can get an idea of what is in that video (facial, etc). You can also use this feature to search for specific types of scenes you like. For example, do an advanced search for “Hairy” tag and you get 401 scenes. Search for “Flip Flops” and you see a shocking low number of only 80 scenes.
    -Total views have been added to ALL videos (starting at zero for every video)
    -You can now “thumb up” your favorite models. Most likely this effects the “Most Popular Models” page.
    -Write ups are back for new videos! Currently the latest three scenes have write ups. Hopefully it’s something they continue to do.
    -You can change your password without having to go through customer support!

    Cons:
    -For older videos it seems like it is defaulting to the lowest setting (180p!). A work around is to click the three dots icons next to the heart and clock icon. From there, click “settings” and you can change the quality!
    -Scene write ups for older videos are now a sentence or two. No longer do we get long write ups in the older videos
    -When watching a scene with two (or more), they no longer show ALL the videos each model has been in. You just get a list of 9 related scenes

    Overall, I like the new site. Change is hard for a LOT of people. For paying customers, the better search tools, favorites, a account info are a welcome change. Also, its super easy to search for models still if your a member! Simply click that magnify glass icon and type in a few letters of a model and it will show you under the “models” section the closet matches. For example, type in “bra” and you can click on “Bradley”, “Brad”, “Brady”, and “Brandon”. You don’t have to go through the whole Models section like you outlines above.

    • CA

      Agree with all of your points–overall I think this is a great redesign.

      The only thing I wish was added that wasn’t part of the old design as well, is the ability to search for model solos by date. As many solos as SC publishes, it would be great to be able to filer to just see the hundreds of solos and sort them based on the most recent. Seems like an easy drop down to add to the new models section maybe.

    • codyconsumer

      Thank you, Badge, for your reasoned response and helpful hints, especially about default settings on older pics. You get the Sherlock Prize of the year! I have been a continuous member for six years — which I didn’t even know until the re-design — and the revamp, overall, is pretty magnificent, one of the two or three best I’ve ever seen. It’s not ideal for non-paying viewers, but why should the site go out of its way to entertain people who won’t put their money where their dicks are? There’s plenty of teaser content for those who are genuinely interested in joining. My only complaint about seancody IS the content: It used to be much more about gay-for-pay than about gay or bi men enjoying themselves — the days of “Dylan Gets Fucked,” one of the 10 hottest videos I’ve seen in the last 10 years, are a distant memory. But with so many thieves and cheapskates as viewers, it’s amazing any porn company is still producing content.

      • von schlomo

        Yeah! Fuck all those non-paying, non-members who aren’t currently subscribed! Who needs them? Sean Cody has enough money and members as it is.

        What do all these thieves and cheapskates expect? FREE access to all the site’s content’s previews? They should really charge like a dollar, dude, to even ping the domain!!!

      • Mihcael Davies

        Did you just complain the site isn’t gay for pay enough?!?!? O_o

        • musicaltheatergeek79

          Mikcael Davies that’s my major complaint, too, and why I ended my subscription. That was the whole point of the site. The new owners also must have an uncut dick fetish, because it’s more displayed than ever. Practically, every other video. It’s like they go out of their way to find uncicircumcised men and then exalt their uncut status. I don’t care for uncut, so it’s not appetizing to me. In short, the new SC is more focused on gays/bis and uncut. No thanks!

  • 1234

    I HATE THE NEW FUCKING LAYOUT for Sean Cody’s website! I can’t look up any of the old models such as Immanuel, Jake, Ethan, etc. w/out loggng in & going through all the shit. WHY change it? Some of us subscribers would MUUUCH rather look at old updates, pics in an EASIER way! How dare you! PS most of the measurements are pure lies- Abe is more than 6″ hung, Brandon is less than 6″ hung, Duke isn’t just 5’6″ tall, etc. People, see for yourselves! Taking meaurements while high/drunk don’t count

    • Badge

      Log in and click the magnify glass. No need to even touch the models tab. It just as simple as it was. Type in a few letters of the models name and a list appears matching them.

      • 1234

        Thanks. I just don’t like having to log in all the time just to do that (on shared computer). BTW, for non subscribers, wouldn’t it make more sense to keep the old profiles partially open like they in in the past (page number function)? I would think their old scenes are a much better sell, no??

        • Badge

          I agree with you on this point. Saying the site only has 250 models and 454 scenes makes it seem like your not getting nearly as much content as you really do! You would think they would be proud of the fact that the site features almost 2000 scenes (currently) and nearly 1000 models. I always hate websites that hide stuff. Give me the whole website to explore before I decide to sign up. When I sign up, it better be the same format. Bel Ami Online was the worst for the longest time having a great looking “free” version and a very outdated members section. Corbin Fisher does it the best. You can do EVERYTHING but view videos on the free site.

          From a member standpoint of SC, this website is a great improvement. People just don’t like change. Give it some time. They didn’t remove anything from the members section while still adding a bunch of new members only features.

          • 1234

            It will be up to members to tell potential new subscribers that SC has about 2300 scenes and over 1K models (& how scenes from 2004-12/13 were considerably better)

          • phny1959

            I don’t think the redesign was necessary. No value to me as a long time subscriber. They should work instead on improving the quality of the product we subscribe to see, the guys and videos.

  • Johnny

    Plus the models from the last couple of weeks are C-grade and covered in tattoos. Seems it’s truly the end for Sean Cody.

    • 1234

      I predict SC will become defunct & absorbed by JuicyBoys. All of their good old scenes will be on DVD only

  • Myko

    Slow news day ?

  • TalkDirtyToMe

    you are right Zack, the new look is far too cluttered. But you can still find your favorite model with a one click process. Just click on the looking glass icon. It will expand to give you a field to enter Abe’s name.

  • McM.

    LOL.
    They fucked up the ID/catalog system for videos.
    It goes from 2025 to 7711, then 7791 and 7801

  • phny1959

    Why would they change the website. The problem with SC isn’t the web site. It was fine and easy to navigate the way it was. They don’t seem to get the obvious, the problem with SC is the guys they are putting in front of the cameras! What happened to less updates, but better. We are getting less, and they are much worse.

  • Rafael Carlos

    the only thing i didn’t like so far is that they did not show the newest video on the main page

  • MW

    I hate Gus too, just sayin’

  • kevin

    The other thing they’ve done is added ‘biometrics’, a la Corbin Fisher (not a site you want to emulate!) One of the things I liked about Sean Cody was precisely that they didn’t play that game. You don’t need a tape-measure to know that Randy has a big shlong. And what’s worse, is that a lot of the data they’ve provided is wrong. Recall that Randy & Curtis measured in their recent scene together. Randy came out at 8″ and Curtis at 8.5″ Yet according to their profiles Randy is 8.5″ and Curtis a mere 7.5″. Whoever plugged these numbers in was obviously unaware of this.

    • kungalv

      I have a great idea. Why not put like a little bio for every model or short blog posts written by them – like what CollegeDudes did a couple years ago.

    • phny1959

      How about this. Skip all that crap and just hire better guys, and have great camerawork.

  • kungalv

    Hidden scenes? They probably want to combat piracy or something so that non-members have to sign up lol or they’re still working on it

  • sammy1023

    So is there an update tonight?

    • MJ Riley

      Didnt see an update.

  • 1234

    Mindgeek: I’m nitpicking, but Jack & Curtis’ scene should NOT have a flip flop tag. They didn’t flip fuck each other- Curtis was too busy being fucked into oblivion by Jack. Jack is an exclusive top.

  • Chpchipp

    Don’t like the redesign at all. Cluttered & confusing – hate the new owners – ruined SC

    • phny1959

      I don’t like it either, but compared to the other problems at SC now, this is a minor issue.

  • lordgabux

    Zack I think you’re doing a great job commenting on everything that happens in porn nowadays. And I think that every silly person that reads your post and makes silly comments like von schlomo needs a big doze of “keep your silly comments to yourself.” I think it’s truly sad that just because you have a tool and anonymity to express silly comments like that you feel like you ought to do it and then get upset when people call you on your silliness… #SillyJustSilly

  • Jonny Marzetti

    WHAT “download tools?” At the moment I see no option besides streaming. Or maybe they’re working on the site and the download option is gone temporarily?

  • Craig Brown

    The most heinous example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was the redesign of gay.com a few years ago.

  • disqus_mKgj1PpwoW

    Ok, did they seriously get rid of Jamie too? What are they thinking! I need to talk to the manager, please.

  • phny1959

    Total F up. I can’t even see if a new scene is posted without logging on. It’s downhill from there. Why did they make it so difficult to navigate? Will they provide info to you re the reasons for these drastic changes?
    It doesn’t make any sense to me as a subscriber of 9 years. It also will not help any potential news subscribers trying to check out the site.
    Simple question— why?
    Zac- have you tried to get info as to the reason for the changes?