Web Design Critique: News.com.au

Web Design Critique: News.com.au

For those that want their news delivered as straightforwardly as possible, with absolutely no added fluff, News.com.au’s site is a gift.

The Aussie news site’s about as “back to basics” as possible. When someone looks up king kong agency reviews or the like on the site, then they’ll get that, with nothing else. The site sports a plain white background paired with black text, with some red for highlights. There aren’t any ads, side images, or pop ups for any page, at least not any that’s not actually part of the news or article that the page is dedicated to.

The site feels a bit bare at times, but it does judiciously use images, videos, and links in its articles, with corresponding captions, which add some much needed flavour to the pages, while also providing a visual aid for those reading up on the site, which is really helpful, as the site doesn’t shy away from long articles. It’s not a major issue, as, again, the visual media breaks up the walls of text.

Navigation’s pretty convenient, thanks to the header bar that sticks to the top of the browser, no matter how far one scrolls down the page. It has the site’s logo, which doubles as a link to the home page, as well as links to different news categories, with pop-down menus for specific subsections, for easy sifting. There’s also a search bar, which is quite useful if one needs articles on king kong agency reviews or the like.

At the bottom of the every page are links for advertisers, people looking for more information on the site, and others. Here, there are also external links to News.com.au’s social media pages; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On the home page, this is preceded by a listing of the most popular news stories, letting people who scroll down find the most talked about topics.

Overall, the News.com.au site is about as straightforward as a site can get. It has an elegance in its simplicity, though it might find a bit of identity and uniqueness useful.

 

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