Newest Review: ... to this idea somehow... The website is well laid out with the top stories taking up most of the page space with clear priority over the re... more
Ads first, news second. But hey, it's free!
Member Name: Seven17
Advantages: Easy to read and navigate
Disadvantages: Not updated that frequently, BBC news is still best for the breaking news stories.
The metro newspaper is much like the website and vice versa, advertisements cover the front page, not news stories. Companies can actually buy the entire front page to themselves if they so choose and, if you go to the metro website right now, the entire background of the page is covered in an advertisement. However, this is a free paper that circulates almost 2 million everyday and gets so many website hits it tops google instant and page searches. The price you pay for the paper (nothing) means you need ads, so i'm not complaining, i think its a fantastic idea in fact! Although i can't see the Telegraph catching on to this idea somehow...
The website is well laid out with the top stories taking up most of the page space with clear priority over the rest of the stories. There are no stupid banners or large text stories, they are all of a similar size and are listed with short captions giving a little bit of info of what they're about. Because the metro newspaper and website publish the same content, you'll find an exact copy of what you read in print, on the website. That's quite handy if you ask me.
The Metro website is well designed, its modern, it has a good bandwidth so it never crashes despite popularity and the images are all of good quality, some even in high definition, or at least what appears to be "above average" definition, while some are not so good. The text is easy to read, it's the right size at 12 point, and in many cases bigger than that, particularly for the headlines.
The website is updated throughout the day but bear in mind this isn't a breaking news service. I still stick with BBC news for the breaking stories, it's updated every minute, the Metro of course, less so. But it's a free, summary sort of paper, it's not heavy going, its not in depth but the website gives you a good brief on bigger stories. Major stories are covered on the same day, not so major stories are just put at the bottom of the page the next day.
The website is easy to navigate with tabs for the main categories on the site such as TV, News, Sport, ShowBiz and much like the paper, has user pages where people can comment, send in tweets and texts, and that's the sort of intractability that i commend from this paper. There is a good deed section where if some stranger has helped you out, say by buying you a drink, helping you somehow or another good deed, you can send them a friendly thank you mention in the paper.
Overall a very good website, they have a good layout and design, its organised, yes its full of propaganda ads but its a free paper so what are you complaining about? Great service and i hope it continues to be as good as it is now. No doubt a few "updates" will take place at some point...
Summary: Excellent website, just like the paper