I wanted to point out that the new JLP website is back up, since I was all set to draw attention to it if they didn’t come back on schedule on July 8th as promised. (No, I didn’t already have such a post written. 🙂 )
So far I’m impressed! Firstly that it is back on schedule given that many Jamaicans (myself often included) are adherents of what we call JPTime. A phenomenon whereby a church banquet that starts at 6:30pm actually plans to serve dinner no earlier than 8:00pm so that latecomers don’t miss out.
My favorite recent example of JPTime was a family reunion at which the MC pointed out, as the program started an hour late, that due to daylight saving time, it was technically on-schedule in Jamaican time.
But anyway, outside of the redesign being actually on time, it is a pretty well-done website. It has a landing page so that the site loads quickly when someone types in the domain name, uses a favicon icon in the address bar, has RSS capability and my favorite is incorporation of web 2.0 tools like Flickr, Myspace, and YouTube. Now, if we could only get our newspaper websites to do that. In addition there is a webmaster’s blog, a Cafepress store, and the ability to create an account. The JLP even has a party upcoming to celebrate the launch of the new site and promote it. Of course this is certain to garner coverage in the major dailies and drive traffic to the new website.
The technological supremacy of the JLP ads were a huge part of their electoral success in 2007 so it is interesting to compare the PNP website, which uses flash animation very well on the home page. The PNP unfortunately also has a song that starts unexpectedly when you’re wearing headphones with the volume turned up — only mildly annoying.
They would seem almost a match with the JLP site winning out by a small, but still significant, margin. (Is that art imitating life?) Objectively, many of the features are similar. One thing I feel compelled to point out, given a previous discussion here, is the quality of the Lisa Hanna photo on the PNP frontpage when compared to the photos of the two men. The quality of her photo is head and shoulders above the two mens’ pictures. And that is a content-neutral observation — a nuh just tru she cute.