Online news providers refer to news that are informed and conveyed through the use of the Internet through websites. They help to make it easier for people to obtain the latest news and information with just a mouse-click away. Online news providers can be classified into 3 categories according to countries based on the layout of their websites. The first category is the American online news providers. There are many online news providers in this category such as The Boston Globe, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, The Odyssey Online, The Onion, and Los Angeles Times to name a few. Beginning with the color in the layout of these websites, the colors that they use seem to reflect the colors of America’s national flag, which is red, blue, and white. The size of their word fonts are average; size 12, and are easily readable.
The format of their layout are not standardized whereby the word contents are everywhere and disorganized. In terms of spacing, the lines are not too close to each other. Besides that, they have many columns that are not aligned. However, these websites load fairly quickly, plus they are easy to navigate. The logos and trademarks in these websites all seem to have a similar classical look.
The second category is the British online news providers for example, BBC, Daily Express, and the Independent The Odyssey Online. These British ones have lighter and brighter colors for their layout as opposed to the American ones, whereby they use a combination of colors like red, turquoise, yellow, and black. The fonts that they use are mostly Arial and Times New Roman with the size of 12. As for their format, they have many columns and thumbnails. They also have a lot of headlines in one column, plus they have search bars. There are also many advertisements on both sides of the page border. These websites load quickly and they are easy to navigate. Compared to the American ones, their logos are more practical and simple.