Tuesday, September 05, 2006

New Herald website up and running

Take a moment to look at the Grand Forks Herald's new website.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the new site. It is almost a carbon copy of the Fargo Forum's website, but I've always liked the Forum's website quite a bit so I'm satisfied that the same template was basically recycled for the Herald. I haven't registered yet.

The only thing that I can immediately say I don't like about the website is the huge ad banner on the top. This is similar to the ad banner found over at the Forum's site. I don't have a problem with a moderate amount of advertising on a website, but why is this ad banner so much bigger than the Herald's logo?

Also, I think the Herald's blogs deserve a more prominent spot. Maybe Tu-Uyen can talk to somebody about that...

Update - 9/7/2006 - 11:25 AM
Could this page with links to about a million news stories be any longer or harder to navigate? I hope the Herald's website guy figures out how to organize the stories a bit better and maybe only show stories from the current day on this page.

6 comments:

Coffee Guy said...

Sorry, I have to disagree. The home page looks like website schizophrenia.

JGS said...

I swear I just looked at the Herald wesite and it was the old one. Now, I look here and it's transfered over to the new template.

In my opinion, it looks better.

Peder Rice said...

Far too much going on. A proud member of the Bad Design club.

Hooray Simplicity.

GrandForksGuy said...

I wouldn't necessarily call it a "pretty" website, but it has a much higher level of functionality and more content than the previous Herald website. I think it is a major improvement over the old Knight Ridder site.

Anonymous said...

I sense that this sight has 2 functions, in addition to disseminating news...
Provide a beefier revenue stream for advertising revenue and, "outing" anonymous posters.

Is that true? When the registration function is implemented to access the Herald, it will also provide the paper with the identity of posters.

Zaya said...

I have to say this is just poor design, when the advertisements on a page overlap the content and you can't see the article itself.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=9174