Nation Media Group recently revamped the website of their largest property, The Daily Nation. However, the redesign appears not to have been received well amongst many of their readers, with many saying they prefer the old website.
Many feel the layout of the site is a bit off. This is due to Nation opting for large fonts and image sizes, which means that users have to scroll down the website to see more than a few items at a time, and feel squeezed out.
The writer feels the design and layout are fine, but feels Nation should reduce the size of their fonts and images by at least a half. Half the current size of fonts, 12 pixel sized fonts would just be as fine, while 24 pixel size would also do well. The images should be equally reduced in size, and the other sections adjusted. This would result in the website returning to "normal" size and fitting on the screen. The writer feels that a news site should enable the user to have a glance at most of the content, without scrolling a lot and feeling "outsized".
The mobile site has now been fixed, and looks good.
Meanwhile, we are still looking for the the 2 other homepages that were mentioned during the sites launch.
What's your view on Nation's new site?
Dennis Mbuvi has been writing at CIO East Africa Magazine and CIO.co.ke since May 2010. His key focus is the use of technology to solve day to day business challenges and product reviews. Mbuvi has been invited to speak at various IT, Telecom and Media events in the region. He was also a keynote speaker at the inaugural Joomla day in Kenya talking on possibilities of the Joomla Content Management System. Mbuvi holds a B.Sc in Computer Science degree from Kenyatta University. He is on Twitter as @denniskioko