The Ottawa Citizen needs a new website. The current one is way more frustrating than any website should be in 2012. It’s intermittently slow and unresponsive, and if you watch the status bar, you can see that it’s choking on layers of advertising. It’s waiting for things to be delivered from ad sites, and the actual content gets less priority than the advertising. On several occasions I’ve had to reboot my computer because something on the site eats up all my memory. And if that’s not enough, it’s got one of those incredibly annoying ads that pops up and covers the entire content you’ve so patiently waited for, and then it does some stupid animation to make it look like it’s smashing apart. It’s not even cool the first time.
The site also makes you jump through some poorly designed hoops in order to leave comments on their blogs, which is so frustrating I don’t even bother anymore.
I understand that newspapers need to make money somehow, and maybe they’re accepting all this advertising as an alternative to charging for content. But there has to be a better way than littering the site with obnoxious advertising. I can’t be the only person who’s being driven away from the Citizen’s website by it.