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Five reasons why I hate the new HollywoodReporter.com

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 7th 2008 3:25PM
THRThe Hollywood Reporter has always ranked high on my list of entertainment sites, but that might change with the site's new makeover. Or rather, makeunder. It's awful! Let's break it down:

1. The Header. They've ditched the classic logo with "Hollywood" in script font for a blocky, robotic logo (see picture). Say what?! As my TV Squad buddy, Joel, says, "It's like changing the Ford or GE logo ... shouldn't be done." And as my other TV Squad buddy, Bob, says, it looks like the logo for "some generic Internet business newsletter." Agree on both counts.

2. The Colors. Bland, bland, bland. Are they harking back to that old saying, "What's black and white and red all over?" Those colors just don't do it for me. Yes, I realize the old design included those colors, but not in such a "plumbing and heating business" kind of way.

3. Navigation. Ok, so they've got nice big subheads for Home, Film, Technology, etc., but I hate the moving 1-2-3 videos at the top of every page. Yes, I know you can "pause" them, but I don't want to have to think that hard. I barely have a chance to read one video and it's on to the next one. Make it stop!

4. The RSS Feed. Don't make me search for it, people. Put it at the top where I can click on it easily, not at the bottom where I have to dig through an entire page. Do you not want me to subscribe to your feed? Howzabout making it just a little bit easier?

5. The Layout. There's too much information thrown at me all at once. I like clean lists of news items, not the mish-mash of sections for blogs, reviews, news, and of course, that irritating moving-pictures video box. And why are the production listings way down at the bottom, "below the fold," as the site says? It's not a newspaper. It's a web site. Put links for everything at the top.

Take a look and see what you think. Are you with me on this one?

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*chuckle* Okay, this is kinda ironic because I was just telling a friend that the new "re-launched" HR site is a big improvement over the old one. Of course, I may be the teensiest bit prejudiced because I'm assuming credit goes to the new editor, Elizabeth Guider (formerly of Variety). And Beth is an old classmate and summer tanning buddy, plus editor of our high school newspaper back in what my kids always referred to as "the Dark Ages" (actually, the mid-60s).

I think I'll drop her an e-mail.... ;)

May 08 2008 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My main issue with THR has and always will be the slow slow slow load-in of pages. On broadband! And yeah...they need to give more primacy to the RSS. Keep it simple.

May 08 2008 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not too bad of a redesign... I agree about the RSS feed, took me a while to find it. Do not like the new logo. Blech! Otherwise they offer the same (overpriced) information they always have.

For your consideration, of course.

May 08 2008 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry. What? You're blogging about a website, right? It's not a TV show?

I thought this was TV Squad, not Website Redesign Squad.

Must be a slow news day.

May 07 2008 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No one at TV Squad gets to bitch about any other site's logo.

May 07 2008 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Say what you will about the new logo -- I don't feel strongly either way -- you can't possibly say that the navigation has gotten worse. Even with its few flaws (which are probably being worked on anyway), the redesign is ABSOLUTELY for the best.

May 07 2008 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

It's funny you guys trashing another site after they redesign and when you guys did it you didn't even tell anyone.

May 07 2008 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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