Leader Newspapers have joined ABC Local Radio in redesigning their web site into a hideous, difficult to navigate mess.
For instance, the Caulfield Leader, at www.caulfieldgleneiraleader.com.au, with a page showing the same news stories as the printed version of the paper, plus a few other links, apparently wasn’t good enough.
So now it’s the rather less memorable caulfield-glen-eira-leader.whereilive.com.au, with just a few news stories highlighted on the front page, and all the others hidden away behind a “News” (not to be confused with “Your News”) link — that’s if you can find it amongst the adverts, real estate tools, event calendars, “Local links” (more adverts), photo galleries and blogs.
And it’s got silly things, like a caption for an online poll being positioned so it looks like a photo caption. And lots of wasted whitespace in the middle, while other parts of the page are cramped.
The ABC Local Radio web site is a mess after its revamp a few months ago. Unlike on the old site, almost anything to do with the programmes; eg the stuff you usually want to find; is hidden away.
They must know this, as an advert I heard on 774 the other day for one of Red Symons’ videos told you to go to the site, then click Radio Guide (which is not very prominent), then click Breakfast, then… click on… ummm… I can’t remember now.
The old ABC and Leader web sites were so much easier to navigate, with easy-to-find links along the side of the page. And in the ABC’s case, the old one was definitely easier on the eyes.
What about just putting on a web site the things people actually want to look at? Make them easy to find, don’t put irrelevant stuff all over the place, and use colours that are easy on the eyes. Was that too simple?