Microsoft is refreshing the Bing Webmaster Tools portal, making its design cleaner and more responsive.
The company says it has updated the backend datastore to improve the data extraction and has redesigned the user experience to make it more user friendly. The portal has responsive design which provides the flexibility to the user to access it across devices.
In the first iteration, the new portal will have 3 key features,
- Backlinks - The Inbound Links report in the current portal is integrated with the Disavow links tool to become the new Backlinks report in the refreshed portal.
- Search Performance - Page Traffic and Search Keywords reports are also integrated as one and are a part of the new Search Performance report.
- Sitemaps - The Sitemaps page is the refreshed Sitemaps page of the current portal
Microsoft is releasing the new portal to a select set of users this week and will be rolling out to all users by 1st week of March. To have early access to the new portal go to aka.ms/newbwt, then sign-in to Bing Webmaster Tools and navigate to Sitemaps, Inbound Links, Page Traffic or Search Keywords reports and click on the links to open the new portal.
Over the next few months, Microsoft will focus on moving all the functionalities to the new portal.
The Bing Webmaster APIs will continue as-is, so users using webmaster APIs to get their data programmatically do not have to make any changes.