I LOVE allmusic. It’s one of my favorite web sites. So now I go to the new version, and the first thing I thought was, “Hmmn, it’s a little slow. Looks nice, though”.
Then I tried using it.
This site is an absolute usability disaster. What in hell were they thinking? Everything from the incredibly annoying rollover effects (i.e. when you roll over an album, it expands a hidden DIV, which moves the link away from your mouse pointer. Obnoxious.), to their multi-page viewing of content, it’s just awful.
Here’s a hint, AMG: If I click on an album to read the review, I might want to READ THE REVIEW. But instead, they throw you to an intermediate page that lets you read the first paragraph, then you have to click ‘more’ to read the rest. And of course, now you’ve got to click back twice to get back to where you were.
Whoever designed this site either A) has never used his own web site before, and doesn’t understand what people do there, or B) is a usability moron.
Plus, when you have servers that are already stressed, you might want to think twice before re-authoring your system using large pages bloated with junk.