I’ve been reading a few blogs this evening and noticed on Davy Sim’s...
“got a call to say that the new bbc.co.uk/northernireland homepage was live at last. This page has been in production for a very long time mostly in search of a look and feel and working with the audience to see what they want. Ease of navigation and uncluttered. Once that was decided we spent a great deal of time on the navigation, sub navigation and the functionality. The user shouldn’t have to understand how it works, just that it does. I’m looking forward to the feedback”
On opening the page the three main sections I noticed were News Headlines, Sports Headlines and the Weather. This seems to sum up the main interests Northern Irish people have. So far so good.The rest of the homepage linked well to wherever you wanted to go on the BBC website.
Now navigation. With only about 16 links on the page it’s a pleasure to visit. Sometimes web masters want everything under the sun on a page and because they overload the page it’s slow to load. I find if a page is slow to load I’ll take a mental note not to visit it but with the BBC Northern Ireland page I’ll visit it again and again.
Design. White page background = excellent. Dark grey print = good. Also it was good to see they didn’t copy a Facebook style or make it look like a blog.
What are your views on the BBC site?
I hope Mr TalkNi doesn’t mind, but what about this site. Is it easy to navigate? Design? Content?