Fairfax’s long- awaited Western Australia site is here.
This, and the BrisbaneTimes are important as they show, or do not show, whether a major media company can enter a competitors market by launching an online site. Like say NZ Herald entering Wellington, or Fairfax NZ entering Auckland, or the WSJ entering the UK.
This will be monitored closely for sure.
So without further ado, here it is: WAToday.com.
Whoops – let’s try WAToday.com.au
First rule for a new site – secure the .com domain name! As well get the .net, and the key country domains such as .com.au and .co.nz.
Incidentally – the watoday.co.nz url does not resolve – so perhaps it is still available.
The site takes a very long time to load.
New servers not configured right? Traffic overload? Poor database design? Overly heavy pages? Server located in Uzbekistan?
I know it can’t be Slow Internet Connection – ADSL 2 is still swoopingly fast for me here in Perth.
I also didn’t appreciatethe pop-under. Of course that may have come from the .com, but the ads seems so local..
Sorry Woolworths – even less chance of me shopping at your stores now.
So that home page is a staggering 1.4mb worth of download, and it took Safari 3.5 seconds to load it. However I tested that speed after I’d already loaded it several times, so clearly a huge chunk was in the cache.
So I then tried an article – even that was huge:
and it took: to load. Far too slow. Oh – and that was the second time around for that article as well.
Content – well I’ve just started looking at it, and will add the site to my daily reads. I won’t promise anything yet, as I tend to give very delayed responses to my promised articles. (For those still reading – I do remember them, it is just slow… )
There are some entertaining snippets inside the CSS – after the break
The print style sheet was done a while back:
The core WAToday CSS was first worked on back in February. Took a while:
and as you’d expect, all FFD sites share a common core:
but what’s going on here?