NZ Herald website

I have seen scathing criticism of the redesigned NZ Herald website, and I think it is a backward step myself, I thought their old website was quite usable and ok.

If I look at the home page I don’t know where to look. That fails layout 101.

Apart from the clutter I think that in particular the dark foreboding side bar is in the wrong place and distracting.

Does anyone like it?

15 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  June 17, 2017

    What’s the NZ Herald??? Is it like the DomPost

    • PDB

       /  June 17, 2017

      It used to be a news organisation……………

    • Gezza

       /  June 17, 2017

      It’s similar but it tends to have better quality rubbish than the Dompost & the trivia is slightly less vacuous. Must check out the new layout.

      • Gezza

         /  June 17, 2017

        Aimed at the smartphoner readers. I’ll get used to it.

        The prominence of lifestyle trivia articles on today’s front page is annoying.

        I liked being able see more major world & nz news items on the front page of the old site.

        The top left drop down ‘sections’ menu works ok, sensitive to accidental selecting when touch-scrolling though, I found. I’d like to see the World heading link directly above or below New Zealand.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 17, 2017

          If it’s aimed at smartphone users it’s a big fail because it hangs my phone browser so is unusable on it.

          • Gezza

             /  June 17, 2017

            Sir Alan
            Back amongst the dead?
            Recommend immediate scathingly rude email to the proprietors.
            Venemously yours, as always
            Sir Gerald

  2. David

     /  June 17, 2017

    Funny you say that Pete I have just come from there and its bloody awful, I have no idea why its awful but it is. I didnt click on a single story which never happened with the old site.

  3. I don’t mind it. It’d seem one can scroll for miles as every story is on the main page!!!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 17, 2017

      That’s why it hangs my phone.

      • Gezza

         /  June 17, 2017

        The old one used to hang both my iPad Chrome & Safari Browsers. Had to close all other tabs & wait for the whole front page, plus ads, to load. But I liked being able to scroll & scan that old layout for items of interest – once it taken the 30+ seconds to load – more betterer.

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  June 17, 2017

    I’m not a big fan at present but it may grow on me, is it targeting a younger audience?

    They seem to be having issues with the cartoons, if you try to bring up past cartoons ou end up with a baa ing sheep. Not sure what that means.

  5. alloytoo

     /  June 18, 2017

    it’s bloody awful, I’m conciously going to stuff in order to avoid it.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 18, 2017

      As am I. Can’t even access it from my phone, it runs out of memory.

      • Gezza

         /  June 18, 2017

        Just a thought – do they have an app, or are you viewing thru a browser?
        I have a facebook app on my iPad, though I prefer to visit facebook with Chrome. The app view is different from the browser view – I can see less, but there are probably finger-tap menus I can’t remember if it’s faster.

  6. Gary

     /  July 5, 2017

    To hard to read now,always go to stuff site now.