While not a paragon of design, the Drudge Report format is an important one.
This site was one of the first examples of curation on the web, a one-stop shop for conservative-leaning news without any real content of its own.
It’s the first, and sometimes only, place many people go as their primary source of news.
If you want to create a site for news aggregation and curation, you can do a lot worse than looking to the Drudge Report.
There’s usually a big ad at the top and a few other ads sprinkled among the columns.
Stories aren’t grouped or organized except probably more interesting ones up top. Your eye darts all over the place looking around for something that looks interesting.
The above graph displays service status activity for over the last 10 automatic checks.
The blue bar displays the response time, which is better when smaller.The design encourages wandering and random discovery. Well, sometimes he will post an email or a memo on his site, but it’s 99% links out to other news sources.The site feels like a chaotic newsroom with the cutting room floor exposed. In fact, The Drudge Report may be one of the only sites on the web that can break a story with just a headline or a photo. His site is designed to send you away to bring you back. His overhead is probably a couple grand a month max. Every visit and every visitor is focused on that one page with a headline and three columns. Based on published ad rates and traffic numbers, it’s estimated that Matt Drudge makes “over a million a year.” Not bad for a single black and white page on the internet.If you’re planning on building several sites like this, the Developer version allows for that.Next, install and configure Word Press on the host of your choice. This is the most technical part of the process but if you choose a web with a Word Press installer, like Fused, it’s very simple, no technical expertise involved at all. The Drudge Report has two general types of links on the site: “temporary” links pointing to news stories that fall off the home page after a certain amount of time (they remain in archives) and evergreen links to major news sites and columns that stay up for a long time.It hasn’t changed since at least 1997, and I believe the design goes back even further. When you’re on the Drudge Report you’re on the Drudge Report. It’s bold, it’s risky, and it’s pure Drudge design. Some have photos, some are just a plain text headline.