Rating the Fox News 8 Website

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on June 24, 2013. Posted in Homepage

Fox 8 News Cleveland OH launched in 1949 as a channel and has remained on air since then, thought it has changed ownership over the years. Today, the station is both on air as well as online. It is important for News websites to be effective at conveying information online, since their viewers will not always be able to access the television. How does their Cleveland News Fox 8 website rate in terms of web design, function and navigability?

The opening page of the Fox 8 News Cleveland OH website is fairly appealing. The logo and header are attractive and a prominent headline with accompanying color photo is right in the center of the page. It took me a minute to notice the weather, and this is probably because, like many people, I have become conditioned to seeing blue clouds and yellow suns, yet the Fox 8 weather icon is all white. Once you know where it is there is no problem, but it does seem like an odd way to flaunt tradition. An ad also periodically covers the three day forecast, though I cannot decide if this is annoying or clever since it reminds us to visit the Fox Channel 8 Cleveland Vacation Value Trips page.

The most recent headlines are placed to the left of the Channel 8 Cleveland Ohio Fox page, and I appreciate that these are seperated discreetly with lines, instead of just pretesented in a jumble as I have seen other websites do. However, I think the Fox site would benefit from having rotating images with their associated headlines, since this would draw readers to look at multiple articles, and also create a slightly more dynamic opening page.

There are tabs both over and under the Fox 8 News Cleveland OH header, and these tabs include weather, traffic, community, morning show, sports, post garage sales, dream home, fox trot, and more. All of these tabs seem adequate, and give a lot of options for discovering local news. I think many people visiting the Fox 8 News Cleveland OH website might find the Job tab useful to check out or post in.

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