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New look CT online

By Kerces 19 November 2005 18

It may well be there were no papers this morning because the Canberra Times wants everyone to go look at their brand spanking new site design.

Sometime between 4pm and 8pm yesterday the new site went up and it certainly looks more user friendly. They’ve transferred over all the old stories as far as I can tell although the Your Say section is still gone (though given the slowness of the new site maybe it’s not surprising they decided to ditch that part). They’ve also kept the local news up the top of the front page, although it still is being updated with the same regularity (11am Saturday morning and today’s stories STILL aren’t up). And their search works! A simple search for “twins” in the full text of stories during the past year brought me 44 results where when I’ve tried it before I got zilch.

Still not many pictures, which is disappointing given the Bay Post has been able to use the new format to bring more colour to their site.

Interesting to note that Rural Press seems to be using the old Fairfax website model, now that Fairfax has moved on from it (see here for example).

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Absent Diane 11:20 am 21 Nov 05

the words can’t polish a turd comes to mind

Thumper 11:17 am 21 Nov 05

Well, it looks better than the previous site which was a dogs breakfast.

Maybe the content will be updated a little more often and there will be more of that content.

Maelinar 11:02 am 21 Nov 05

It was tongue in cheek, *g*

Besides, Crickey has us as the ‘local independent media of Canberra’, so in a way it would be linking to a rival’s site.

Kerces 10:56 am 21 Nov 05

Mael, only the government “got up” in the links section.

Besides, as if we’d get linked to. We’re only a blog…

(And the third best thing was in last year’s competition. JB got the shits with the way the voting worked and refused to enter again)

Maelinar 10:23 am 21 Nov 05

I noted that the RiotACT didn’t get up in the links section, I suppose that’s something to do with only being the third best blog in the ACT…

Kerces 9:19 am 21 Nov 05

Chris I did indeed find my twins and they were still online AND a hell of a lot easier to find this time.

Chris S 8:22 am 21 Nov 05

And “Your say” is back – see They just haven’t put the link in yet.

And Kerces, did you find your twins? Any left over?

Jey 7:31 pm 20 Nov 05

Sorry, It’s a bit sterile.

Jey 7:30 pm 20 Nov 05

It’s a sterile. Still better than the old one though.

jr 1:21 pm 20 Nov 05


Agreed looks neat, tidy and professional.

Though dont expect any more content… they want people to buy the dead tree version.

I’d be happy to pay up to 50% of the value of the dead tree version to be able to read everything online. (Like what is available from the Australian) Unfortunately I fear that Rural Press arent that progressive.

random 11:01 am 20 Nov 05

jr, it looks like it’s a custom system for the Press sites.

It’s better than the old site anyway, and has some vaguely interesting stuff like “POTENTIAL SPECIAL FEATURES SECTION” commented out. I hope this means they’re getting more serious about their web presence.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 11:19 pm 19 Nov 05

Yes, it does look like a CMS, but Mambo/Joomla is written in PHP, whereas the CT website is ASP.

b2 11:18 pm 19 Nov 05

obviously they haven’t workied out how to put their logo into the header yet, looks very amateurish

jr 8:24 pm 19 Nov 05

I mean Joomla

jr 8:23 pm 19 Nov 05

Definately a CMS system.
I’d put money on something like Mambo or Joomba

yakz 4:31 pm 19 Nov 05

it does looks like they brought the old Fairfax site

johnboy 12:11 pm 19 Nov 05

Thats a trap for new players.

the CT NEVER updates on a saturday morning

paperboy 11:06 am 19 Nov 05

Ah yes, but did you see they’re still featuring yesterday’s front page, and yesterdays stories, even though it’s today’s date at the top of the web page. Something has gone SPLAT….

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