A new look means more views

May 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm (news&media)

I like the new layout of The Guardian’s site. It’s clean and neat; easy to use. Why can’t news24.com and iol.co.za not learn from them? I mean, sure, they can’t compete with the print newspapers but online is a wholly different ballgame.
Don’t even get me started on iafrica.com. Even the excellent content on the Mail & Guardian site doesn’t always get through because the layout isn’t that great.
Surely our people can step up and make it a bit more like The Guardian’s site? We need to move out of the stodgy old mid-90s style and get a fresh new look for our sites. We deserve more than this.



  1. matthew buckland said,

    hi. yep we know the current m&g online layout is outdated. Or a just a dog.

    We’re currently redesigning it in wide format with extra features. It’s taking some time though because it’s a big site and a redesign is connected to the site backend and CMS.

    you’re right: we do deserve more than the current offering.

    matthew buckland

  2. tbhanks said,

    Yay! I can’t wait to see it. Especially as I like the content but find it difficult to navigate. I think it will make the m&g site even more popular with discerning readers and I look forward to clapping eyes on it. It’s a winner. I don’t suppose it will be soon though?

  3. madamm said,

    Hello Toby.
    Matthew Buckland (as in THE quoted guy in my blog thesis) replied to your observation. Double Yay!

  4. tbhanks said,

    Matthew Buckland is indeed cool. I also tapped his brain and interviewed him for an assignment when I was still at varsity.
    I read his stuff in The Media but not so much since Kevin Bloom left. That mag is a bit stale, is badly edited (as in OMG is a 5-year-old running this show?) but that’s not his fault.

  5. kash99 said,

    The M& G is boring to read…on its website and on recycled paper…Dont get me wrong, their stories really do reflect what the hell is going on in this couintry of hours..but ai toggie..

  6. tbhanks said,

    Hmm, I hear you, but I guess if you want quality you have to sift through. I do miss Robert Kirby and the Oom though.

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