The Island Packet's new web page obnoxious

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By: Ron1960
8/27/2018 7:55 PM

Please excuse the following rant about the Island Packet's new site. I visited the i.P. website to read more on the unfortunate woman killed by an alligator in Sea Pines last week. My experience went like this. They let me read one article before announcing that that was all I could see without being a paid subscriber. They added video ads that start playing automatically and are hard to get find and close. I was redirected to a suspicious website by an ad I didn't intentionally click on. Finally, it feels like 200% more ads are now in the body of each article. I enjoy the Packet and read it from time to time to keep up with the news on HHI. Their new approach is a huge turn off and I will now find my Hilton Head news elsewhere. It is their right to run the business as they see fit, but charging for news is a bad idea most new outlets are going away from. Rant over.

By: Will
2/28/2019 6:38 PM


I missed this post by you about the Island Packet's website. You should take another look. It seems that enough negative feedback came in to get them to make changes. I just read several articles and never was asked to sign up to read more. And the ads weren't over the top either. I do agree that auto-play videos with sound are annoying, but they are everywhere online these days.


By: Trevor
3/2/2019 6:07 PM

It's all good now Ron1960. Companies learn really fast when they lose all their website traffic. They try and make a little more money from visitors with pop up ads and subscriptions services and people leave in droves. That instant feedback loop makes it real clear to the big wigs that we won't tolerate bad behavior. My local paper tried this approach and saw website traffic drop 40% in two weeks. I went there and read an article and was notified that I was allowed to read two more for free for the rest of the month. I went to another news site and didn't look back.

By: Rob
4/10/2019 1:30 PM

I think the IP is back to one article a month. Frustrating when you follow them on Facebook, but can't read the content. I've started following WSAV (3) for local news.