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Wednesday, January 4, 2006
The Daily Herald's Web Site: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back


Generally speaking, for the past few years the Provo Daily Herald's Web site has been excrucriatingly slow and difficult to use. Now there's a new look and better performance.


Generally speaking, for the past few years the Provo Daily Herald's Web site has been excrucriatingly slow. Among all the Web sites I frequent, its performance has been the worst -- so bad that I don't generally link to it, except when I mention specific articles. But since the Herald acquired the American Fork Citizen, it has been the best place to go online for news about American Fork. So I've gone there often anyway -- not exactly kicking and screaming, but at least muttering under my breath.

I hadn't visited in a couple of weeks, actually, so maybe this isn't breaking news. But today I see that there is good news and bad news at the site.

The good news, so far, is that the site has a new design and far better (still not stellar) performance, and actually includes photos now. Here's a sample, Tuesday's article about Monday's swearing-in of American Fork leaders. You might notice that the Web version actually includes more photos (four) than the printed version did (one). The design overall looks unfinished, largely because the fonts in the sidebar are ugly, but overall the site looks better and is more readable. I'm assuming it's a work in progress.

The bad news is that the link in the header to the American Fork Citizen is not a link at all. Only two of ten such links for localities actually work. I assume they'll fix that very soon. Been there, done that -- more than once.

Alert reader Kevin Dent comments (1/7/06):

Well it's taken another step forward, So we should be ahead now. The American Fork and all the other cities links are now working, as of Saturday evening with the local paper news articles.

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