SMH website redesign – pleeeeease don’t do it
Sunday October 30th 2005, 9:09 pm

image: Fairfax PublicationsFairfax is upselling the release of a redesigned layout for the online version of the Sydney Morning Herald:

Click onto the hot news website where the focus is on fun
By Daniel Dasey
October 30, 2005
The Sun-Herald

Readers of The Sun-Herald will have access to detailed information on Sydney’s best films, bars and restaurants and enjoy enhanced news coverage under a full redesign of the paper’s website.

For a decade the joint Sun-Herald and Sydney Morning Herald website,, has provided readers with quality news coverage sourced from the print edition of the papers and elsewhere.

Its new look is being unveiled on Thursday.

If the online SMH winds up looking like the new layout for The Age, I really wish they wouldn’t.



UPDATE: They did it- and it looks just like The Age. Navigational nightmare. Double yaaarrrrrgh.

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The new Age site is atrocious, isn’t it? A navigation and design nightmare. I can’t believe they are going to do the same thing to the SMH.

This is the guy responsible for both online sites. I’ve written to him twice but they are determined to stick with it.

Mike Van Niekerk

MVanNiekerk at

Comment by Ron 11.01.05 @ 5:57 pm

I’ve also sent a note to the website feedback address. No reply.

I don’t know with surety that the SMH site will look like The Age- I can only hope not.

While having links in narrow columns on both sides of the main content window might not be the fresh & flash new style that someone thinks is attractive, it’s very functional and usable.

Only the ABC website is easier to navigate than the soon to be old SMH layout, but it borders upon too plain.

Comment by weezil 11.01.05 @ 6:04 pm

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