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New Look Canberra Times (SMH template) site!

By martyo - 16 February 2012 29

“The Canberra Times is about to unveil an exciting new online experience with a new-look website at canberratimes.com.au

Exciting to whom I wonder?

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29 Responses to
New Look Canberra Times (SMH template) site!
Postalgeek 2:19 pm 16 Feb 12

If Rioters are anything to go by, I suspect an inundation of ads is the way of the future, judging by how many tightarses complain about ads but won’t support content by paying for subscriptions.

Myles Peterson 2:16 pm 16 Feb 12

no comment … for now

Deref 2:15 pm 16 Feb 12

markus_k said :

I’ve always hated the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Bah.

The SMH has the best-designed news site in the world.

Gungahlin Al 2:10 pm 16 Feb 12

Thumper said :

Wow. I guess the Canberra Times is now completely irrelevant.

Apart from @davpope’s great cartoons.
What a visual mess. Trying to squeeze an entire newspaper onto one web page?
So the page just goes on and on. It’s bigger than a broadsheet!

Thumper 1:51 pm 16 Feb 12

Wow. I guess the Canberra Times is now completely irrelevant.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:44 pm 16 Feb 12

Well at least I don’t have to make a custom style sheet for CT.

Zeital 1:36 pm 16 Feb 12

ad filled POS of a website. It hurts my eyes

EvanJames 1:17 pm 16 Feb 12

miz said :

Yuk, I hate it – I don’t think I will be looking at it anymore as it is not local. Also can’t find the letters to the editor, which was always the most interesting bit!

Hmmm. The SMH version of the Text site has it, right at the bottom, in “columns”. But all the CT has, so far, is the editorial under that heading.

Dare I suggest writing a letter to ask them?! (runs away quickly).

EvanJames 1:10 pm 16 Feb 12

There’s a secret little site appended to most Fairfax newspaper sites, where you just get the stories without the flashy blinky ads and rubbish. You just get the main url and stick /text/ after it. Seems to work for the CT:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/text/

it’s a mixture of CT stories and other Fairfax stuff, but I just did a side by side comparo with today’s SMH version, and it’s quite different. If you scroll down past the sport, there’s the opinion articles, too.

miz 12:27 pm 16 Feb 12

Yuk, I hate it – I don’t think I will be looking at it anymore as it is not local. Also can’t find the letters to the editor, which was always the most interesting bit!

borizuka 12:16 pm 16 Feb 12

Yep. Another cluttered news paper site, nothing new.
Rather than inventing, it remains the same as the others. More traffic for RiotACT? Save the date in Google Analytics!

Staying on topic, one of the more user friendly news sites I have seen recently seen is CNN http://edition.cnn.com/

Rawhide Kid Part3 12:03 pm 16 Feb 12

Crap.

dpm 12:00 pm 16 Feb 12

markus_k said :

I was wondering why the Canberra Times website appeared to have been hijacked by the Sydney Morning Herald. This is unfortunate, as I’ve always hated the Sydney Morning Herald website.
The page layout is now a cluttered mess (just like the SMH), and 90% of today’s content is just SMH articles re-badged under the Canberra Times moniker.

Same as The Age, Brisbane Times, WA today…..

They may as well just do an ‘ABC’ and have one website with the option to choose your local content.

markus_k 11:39 am 16 Feb 12

I was wondering why the Canberra Times website appeared to have been hijacked by the Sydney Morning Herald. This is unfortunate, as I’ve always hated the Sydney Morning Herald website.
The page layout is now a cluttered mess (just like the SMH), and 90% of today’s content is just SMH articles re-badged under the Canberra Times moniker.

I used to really like the CT website’s detailed coverage of the Raiders and Brumbies, but both sections now just link to the SMH’s standard Union and League pages, which are of course Sydney-centric.

Given the CT website is now not even the CT website, I can’t see any real reason to actually visit it anymore.

CrocodileGandhi 11:09 am 16 Feb 12

I don’t know whether I’m just unable to find it, but it appears as if there is no longer a section for local sport. Very disappointing if true.

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