New Aljazeera English Website Goes Live, What Do you Think?

30 Aug, 2010

Aljazeera English is the first english news network to be headquartered in the Arab world (Doha, Qatar) the 24-hour  News TV network which is a division from the famous Aljazeera Arabic news channel has been doing some interesting stuff online in the last year or so.

Just about few hours ago the English.Aljazeera.net has been relaunched with a much better design, navigation layout and more integration with Aljazeera English videos.

The home page of Aljazeera displays the featured news ( Now it is Obama Marking Katrina Anniversary), breaking news on a ticker, below it other featured news, then videos, in-depth, blogs and programmes.

The main toolbar makes it easier than in the pervious one  to navigate through the site and is divided into  news which cover all continents, in-depth, features a number of analysis point of views about hot issues, programmes which are Ajazeera (AJ) English video programmes such as Empire, Riz Khan and Inside Story. The Video section offers clips from Aljazeera English and can be filtered into a specific continent or programmes. Business section is more of a general business news than the other parts of the site but it also include business blogs and a special AJ English TV show.

As for Aljazeera Blogs was launched in October 2009 offers different  point of views and analysis from Aljazeera’s correspondents around the world.

The single story page view for the site has a left bar which includes boxes of things such as “what is hot” and “featured.” this help users find more stuff from Aljazeera English meaning more page-views for the site.

Aljazeera English also offers its users the option to subscribe to its programmes via Podcast, watch live via mobile apps including iPhone, Windows Mobile and Symbian.

PS: we asked Mohamed Nanabhay from Aljazeera English few questions about the new design and will update you once we get his reply.

We liked the new design, how about you?


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  2. will bodine, jellico TN  |  August 30th, 2010 at 8:15 AM #

    terrible. too much scrolling… it now looks like an american tabloid site.

    i sense that you’re selling out for advertisers in hope of increasing site clicks. you won’t be getting them from me anymore. i’ve had al jazeera as my news homepage for over a year now, but i’ll be making the change back to bbc unless i see quick changes.

  3. Treanjé  |  August 30th, 2010 at 10:39 AM #

    I don’t like it. Everything seems out of place. I Preferred the compact design of the old layout to the new one.

  4. Amrit Jadrana  |  August 30th, 2010 at 8:04 PM #

    There is a mass of vacant, wasted space at the top of the screen. Ideally, this should be eliminated altogether. If I deem one of your stories to be newsworthy enough to demand a site visit from me then I will go there. I do not need a giant ad-like banner at the top of the screen inviting me to click what you perceive to be your op/ed piece. It gives the obvious appearance that you are trying too hard to steer visitors to the link at the top. This design of site is poorly executed. Amrit Jadrana

  5. Forrest S  |  August 31st, 2010 at 3:53 AM #

    The new design is really ugly compared to the old one, but aesthetics in this case aren’t solely superficial… It’s a news agency, which means that it needs to market its image the right way in order for people to trust the news and facts which they are supposed to provide. I always used the old Al Jazeera. Everyday. But now… I feel like I’m reading some sensationalist, gaudy web-tabloid. I hate that.. Why Al Jazeera? You were the island I always sail towards for my information..

  6. Benjamin F.  |  August 31st, 2010 at 7:12 AM #

    I agree. Because of that giant void/link that fills the top third of my viewer, I have to scroll down before I can even read an article. This change makes for a miserable experience when on the new aljazeera site. Horrid.

  7. D Denton  |  August 31st, 2010 at 5:14 PM #

    Why did they do this? Aljazeera looks cheap and clunky, like a midweek NY Post.

  8. Malik Salim Shaddiqui  |  August 31st, 2010 at 6:45 PM #

    Content in middle of page not pleasurable to read and I too do not like to have maneuver around so much before reading real news. Al Jazeera has been standard in my eyes of professional stripped down reporting. Now it looks like you are like typical American fluff internets.

  9. Sleven W.  |  August 31st, 2010 at 9:22 PM #

    for a very long time now aljazeera was not only my homepage but my news coverage, but thanks to all this new ads that has been added, i am forced to switch to news.google ty for ruining a great thing, i appreciate very much!.
    for the record , not that it matters, i used aljazeera to hear the things that are censored by my government to keep me from knowing the truth, once again THANK YOU VERY MUCH……NOT

  10. Headknocks  |  August 31st, 2010 at 11:19 PM #

    What is up with the stories at the bottom of the page. The headlines and captions are set too low for all five so that I have to scroll down. Same thing with the box on the right that says “Featured”. That’s nice but I hate that I have to move vertically down to read what the story is about.

    When you click on a link, too – say “Africa” – that big gap people are talking about remains at the top of the page. That means every page within Al Jazeera has that big thing that looks like an ad on EVERY page! If I want to read about Africa, get the giant link to a U.S.A. political article off of the top half (almost) of the page.

  11. Milo  |  August 31st, 2010 at 11:23 PM #

    For those of you complaining about ads, why don’t you just use an ad blocker on your browser? I just see empty white columns on the left and right so ads aren’t reaching me that’s for sure.

  12. Treanjé  |  November 19th, 2010 at 4:26 AM #

    That is of good idea, Milo. I have done, and always have done that for years now.

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