It’s not that good. But, it’s not that bad. Spend a couple days in a row stopping in and you get the hang and rhythm of it. With websites today, they’re either really good or really blah. I can get what I need there. It’s ok.
Terrible. And their iPhone app is worse. It still listed sport stories about the Bears were going to interview Todd Bowles days after they hired John Fox. Wold you want to keep reading an old newspaper? Silly.
- Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 27, 15 @ 1:17 pm:
What Norseman said.
- William j Kelly - Tuesday, Jan 27, 15 @ 1:18 pm:
Hate it. More and more sites are configured for mobile users. They are OK, I guess, IF one is accessing from a smart phone exclusively, (most of us aren’t) AND, if one trusts the site to choose as headline grabbers what is most important and newsworthy to readers (they’ve already proved they usually don’t warrant that trust).
I was tempted to go with “hate” but that category is limited to the Tottenham Hotspurs and a very short list of others.
However, for a media site, it is absolutely terrible. The organization is bad. You can’t quickly find stories of interest. There is way too much emphasis on national stuff that I would never go the ST for.
Right now, it is nearly irrelevant. They have a few NFL writers, but I don’t go directly to the ST to read them. Instead, I use links from Twitter.
I don’t know why the ST exists anymore. They no longer do anything well.
Regularly crashes my Firefox browser, doesn’t render properly on Safari and Firefox, difficult if not impossible to find older stories, ssslllloooowwww loading, too many graphics, not enough content, and for a while it was weirdly sending me to a site with all its media properties and didn’t have a link to editorials on the “opinion” tag that doesn’t show up on my Firefox browser, but does show up on Safari, but Safari until recently wouldn’t display the stories properly, forcing me to paste the link into my Firefox browser.
Bad layout and color scheme. And the weird clickbait type stuff at the bottom is bad. I find it very weird that that section on the Sun-Times site has links to multiple Tribune stories. What’s up with that?
- Robert the Bruce - Tuesday, Jan 27, 15 @ 2:06 pm:
Seeing anything but the top story is difficult, search bar is odd, and what’s with the big section devoted to health&wellness - sponsored content?
On my desktop, I really like the top navigation - makes it easy to find things. That’s its saving grace. But there’s a popup that covers the navigation graphic on my droid phone!
It’s just awful. As Rich alluded to, with Firefox at least, the buttons for different sections under headings like Opinion are hidden behind an ugly black banner. The old site looked dated, but the new one looks like they downloaded some $9.99 “Build your own website in less than an hour!” software and told an intern to come up with something. Ugh.
The most depressing part of this is the parent company fancies itself as an innovative multi-media firm.
Hey, my own site redesign was horrible. But I did it myself, and at least I admitted my mistake within hours and killed it off. And my current site isn’t the most beautiful thing in the world, but it’s functional, loads pretty fast and is chock full of info - none of which can be said about the Sun-Times’ site.
they used to have a tab for columnists–about the only thing the paper is good at–and they disappeared. I hate it. I really don’t bother with it any more. They have made it a pain in my rear to get around.
The two stories I clicked on from the “Milwaukee” page (coming from the Suntimes.com home page) each contained multiple punctuation or grammatical errors. I guess that’s what you get when you use interns and no editors. :-( Not to mention the design makes my head spin.
I don’t like the new format at all. And on a side note I don’t like the way they still break the News out into Chicago News - Nation/World News - and do not have a heading of Illinois News. It makes it appear as if the only news happening in Illinois is Chicago News.
Chicago News - Nation/World News, which one does one click on to get Illinois news?
The story selection is embarrassing - their attempts at being nationally relevant via stories about Chris Brown’s bday party shooting is laughable. The STNG yellow and black (get it, STING … a bee? or something) whatever … It’s just that much harder to find the local stories, of which it seems there are a whopping four or five a day and more like three a day on the weekends - the site is stagnant Friday through Monday a.m. More happens on a high school newspaper websites on a weekend. So stupid. It’s just awful.
Even if one wanted to read a story, it takes 4 to 6 clicks to actually get there. If the owners paid for this, they deserve to go under. Maybe a new, better product will rise from its ashes. The great Chicago Daily News was absorbed by this paper. Sidney J. Harris must be rolling over in his grave.