- Published on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:01
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Readers can already view the Island Gazette online at www.islandgazette.net
We are getting ready to roll out a new version of the online edition that will simplify readers' experience while expanding features and amenities.
Since the early 2000's the site has been geared to replicate the structure of the print edition. That has worked fine but as technology progressed over the years, it's time to refine the system.
Social media, video, reports published throughout the week, and expanded online advertising options have created a need to reinvent the experience with a focus on easier reader navigation of content along with video, audio and creating an online community.
Recently we began publishing an easier to read version of the printed edition each week.
This is the first step in bridging the generational gap between those (including myself) that like to flip through a newspaper's pages and those of a newer generation that demand easy access to our online version not only using their desktop or laptop computers, but also using their tablets and smart phones.
While brainstorming new designs for the site I stopped and decided the customer is the best source of idea-sourcing.
Therefore, during the redesign this week I'm open to suggestions from our readers and advertisers as to what changes or improvements they would like to see incorporated into the new site.
I could go into the details of all the new features, but they're not set in stone at this point and your ideas will help to build and refine that list.