Fairfax set to revamp digital offerings

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 8 December 2015

Fairfax is currently revamping and testing all its website properties, with the aim to create a better user experience across its whole network.

The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, Brisbane Times and WAtoday all currently have beta offerings on their websites, with the sites asking users to give feedback.

On the websites it explains that Fairfax has been redesigning its online properties to improve the way users enjoy the news across mobile, tablet and desktop.

“The site is currently in beta, which means we’re still working to get it ready to launch. But we’d love you to try it out – and even let us know what you think,” the site's invite read.

The beta versions of the sites do not look vastly different across their mastheads, however they appear cleaner and the font has been changed. The publisher has also shifted related story links to the top of individual stories.

As you scroll down the page, individual sections appear to have a different layout than before, with one story having a large image and the others sitting alongside it.

According to the Emma metric, The Sydney Morning Herald is the largest news site in the country, with the title's total audience hitting 5.14 million people in the 12 months to September 2015.

SMH beta

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