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Redesigning websites is always a challenge. On the one hand you want to improve things and innovate. But on the other it’s a case of ‘why reinvent the wheel?’.
Why indeed? But even wheels should have their own identity. In some cases the idea of doing what works best isn’t executed with distinction.
Mirroring usability and functionality is one thing, but copying the look and feel from another website is not particularly big or clever. Especially when that website is one of the world’s larger media sites.
You be the judge...
What the future of news online looks like has a lot to do with payment models. As publishers push ahead with their plans to go from 'free' to 'paid', how consumers are asked to pay for news content will play a significant role in determining which publishers succeed and which fail.
Despite lots of talk about micropayments, a newly-released paidContent:UK/Harris Interactive poll found that over half (53%) of British consumers would prefer to purchase a subscription to their favorite news site.
Many of the big newspapers have launched sites specifically for mobile users, Graham Charlton has recently reviewed several of them here. But are duplicate sites really the way to go? How do you work out what to include? Above all, what happens if after all your efforts a mobile user decides to access your standard site and gets a poor user experience there?
System Concepts has just tested the mobile and standard sites of three quality newspapers:The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian when accessed using a mobile phone. Our results clearly highlighted some of the issues brand owners face in deciding their mobile strategy.
I've reviewed the mobile sites of The Guardian and FT.com recently, and both are excellent examples of how newspapers can make their content accessible for mobile users, as well as creating more advertising opportunities.
With this in mind, I thought I'd see what all of the UK's national newspapers are doing with their mobile sites, how easy they are to find and access, and if they even have one...
The Guardian recently revamped and relaunched its mobile site, with the end result being a big improvement on the old version, making it now one of the better mobile news sites.
I've been asking The Guardian's mobile product manager Marcus Austin about the new mobile site, the thinking behind the design and features, and how it works across different mobile devices.
The Guardian recently relaunched its mobile site, bringing the look and feel of the site more in line with the newspaper's website, and moving away from the AvantGo platform.
Yesterday was, of course, April Fool's Day and the internet has created a rich environment for all sorts of April Fool's pranks.
After all, there are limitless ways you can trick, deceive and amuse online, making internet users a juicy target for April Fool's Day.
If 'platforms' were a piece of clothing, it'd be safe to say that everybody's wearing them.
News organizations are getting into the act too and The Guardian yesterday announced the launch of its Open Platform.