Friday, February 2nd, 2007 4:56pm UTC
By Luke, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
How better else, can you explain the little screen shot to your left?
You can’t. Naturally the title is a little strong for around the Thunder Lounge, but how else can you describe the fiasco which has been, and still is NASCAR.com and what is supposed to be the crown jewel and “sacred ground” for all things NASCAR.
If I turned out a site like that, I’d put a bullet in my head. OK, so what about the Lounge? Yeah, it needs a face lift worse than anything, but we’ll get to that come March.
So back to how exactly NASCAR has taken it in the shorts, and most assuredly the wallet.
First, it’s just plain “fugly”. Let me be more frank. 1998 called, and they want their site back. Maybe that isn’t strong enough. But it’s better than the last piece of junk they called the home of NASCAR. However windows 98 was better then windows 95, and it was still a p.o.s. if you recall. Of course, then again, if it says microsoft windows it’s a p.o.s. regardless. For those interested in a better alternative, and smart enough to know what the term “total cost of ownership” means, have a look at the worlds most advanced operating system to free yourself from standing in line to jump off the cliff with the rest of the lemmings.
Second, and still, it still miserably fails validation, and the errors aren’t minor ones either. I wonder what NASCAR fans with disabilities think of the site? Hmmmm.
Third, the page size is still bigger than Rosie O’ Donnell, which as we all know is pretty damn big. Needless to say, it still loads slower than molasses in January during a real winter up north.
Need I go on? I’d rather not, but my final bags on it for this article are navigation and page width. If I want to have my browser open alongside another window while I work, I get a horizontal scrollbar. If I feel like using the real estate of my 23″ wide screen LCD, I get a lovely shade of gray surrounding the site. I’m guessing it’s about a #CCCCCC, give or take a bit. Then there’s the navigation. Where’s the convenient links to the main articles for the week? You mean I have to dig for them, and wade through all this other crap and wait on umpteen page loads?
Sorry, I’ve got better things to do with my time. Like scour the web to bring you all something worth reading.
Final thoughts: I don’t know if I’d call this an improvement or not. Best I can do from my eyes is call it different. I will give it one plus though, which is it seems there’s less advertising per square inch with this latest fiasco. Not that I’m saying ads are bad. Services cost money, and that has to come from somewhere. However the old site had more ads per square inch than content. With this one, it seems that the content has taken the lead. However it isn’t by much, and most likely is because instead of a fixed width for an 800×600 browser, it’s a fixed width for a 1024×768 window instead.
Does the new site upset you? It should. You helped pay for it. Well, you did. Through your support of NASCAR and their sponsors. I for one, am not pleased with what I helped pay for.