While I’m at it, I really have to tell you guys about the website of Anti Europa Partij, the party against Europe. Their website can be found at http://www.antieuropapartij.nl. I guess that’s not a bad name (it is the name of the party) but it is a long name and annoying to type, especially because of the double “pa” in the middle of the word. I’d choose a shorter url, based on the party name’s abbreviation: AeuP.nl.
Well, let’s start with the good thing… Apart from the messy homepage, the website looks rather calm, which appeals to me. The main color is a soft, light brown. Other colors in the scheme include orange and white. The colors are not really exciting, but at least they don’t distract from the content.
Oh, speaking of content… there’s a lot of it, but it lacks any rhyme or reason. The home page combines the political statement, blog, a photo of the party leader and the contact data. This might not be a problem, but for both the political statement and the contact data goes it’s the only place they can be found. They get lost in the mass of content and it took me a while to find them at all.
I can’t navigate this…
I guess this would bring me to the problem of navigation. The menu… well, let’s say it’s not very practical. There is no option for contact. The page “downloads” is not listed (though the page does exist elsewhere on the site and can be accessed through the footer). There are two large buttons for “donating” and “party priorities”, but I think they could have been integrated with the menu, especially since the “donating” page is empty.
Lack of relevant content, plenty of noise
All right, back to the content problem, don’t even get me started on that one… A party program is nowhere to be found. There is a page with the candidates presented, but it only shows pictures and empty text boxes. The donating page is empty. The agenda page is outdated. The downloads page only contains logos and is supposed to be the only page press might need (line: “for press and media: why making it hard if we can make it easy?” and a link to the downloads page).
There menu items are “news” and “informative”, but neither is new, nor informative. Both are blogs of the party leader on the economical and political situation. I do like the blog, actually. I think it’s a great way to create more engagement with potential voters. I just don’t think that’s what people are looking for when they click on “News” (I’d expect news on the party and their position in polls) and “Informative” (I’d expect the party’s program for upcoming elections and maybe some information on how I can become a member or how and why the party was funded).
Cross-browser functioning and conclusion
Well, in the end I’ll have to admit the site works well on normal browsers and does alright on mobile, though I have to re-size the site manually and there is no mobile site.
My final verdict:
- General design: 6/10
- Content: 2/10 (well, it does have a blog)
- Navigation: 5/10
- Cross-browser functioning: 7/10
- Average: 5/10
I must say my final verdict here is only this high because of the use of color and cross-browser functioning. This website is not effective in any way. Based on the website, I would say the party leader is an amateur and wouldn’t consider voting for him.