The Beirut Daily Star newspaper has one of the worst websites I’ve ever seen. It is slow, clunky, and hideously ugly. The navigation is awful and it crashes browsers on a regular basis. What’s worse, the IT people have installed some kind of ridiculous automated advertising code that scans articles for certain “keywords” and links them to commercial websites.
This software is hilariously hit-or-miss. I remember reading a story a few years ago which contained the phrase “piles of ammunition”. The word “piles” was hyperlinked to a website that sold hemorrhoid cream.
There are always rumors that the Daily Star is in the process of unveiling a new website, and yet this website never materializes. Until now… sort of.
Mustapha, the wonderful designer behind Beirut Spring is pushing the envelope by launching a re-design of the Daily Star’s website. You can see the mock site here, and check out the blog devoted to the project here.