The Washington Post has redesigned its home page, with new rollover navigation along the top of the page, a very prominent search box (powered by Yahoo!), cleaner code promising faster loading and a “cleaner design” at the bottom of the home page, according to executive editor Jim Brady.
I do think this is a massive improvement on what went before, but I’m still rather overwhelmed by the sheer volume of links to individual articles. Personally I would have liked to have seen a more explicit “site DNA” on the home page encouraging me to browse. I also think the ad positions are a little messy (they look like an internal compromise to me). I’m not yet convinced about rollover menus as primary navigation, and these particular rollovers have a nasty habit of firing up when I try to put my cursor into the search box. And the search itself still doesn’t give me a sense of the structure of the site, as it’s only crawling articles.
But enough gripes. They’ve done a good job in moving it on, so applause to them.