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BBC demos new Beta Website

The Beeb has released its brand new beta website without fanfare. The new page can be found at BBC (opens in new tab) is a full working model which could literally be deployed overnight.

The team of developers, headed by director of User Experience & Design, Richard Titus, managed to widgetised the front page of BBC completely, a move that mimics the like of Netvibes or iGoogle's homepage.

By allowing drag and drop functionality to be built in, the homepage becomes easier to manage by making much better use of space - as compared to the existing BBC home page which is optimised to be viewed in 800x600 screen size.

Users will be able to change the way and content of the information they would consume, all in a framework that is heavily inspired by web 2.0 aesthetics : large fonts, soft colours, gradients, round corners etc.

As Readwriteweb (opens in new tab) pointed out, "The new design also places a greater emphasis on search, making it more apparent how to find what you're looking for, by placing a larger search box in a familiar place on the page."

First comments have been overwhelminglt positive, "a vast improvement over the existing one" said Mervyn, one of the hundreds of web users who tried it.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.