Welcome (almost) to our new website

March 20, 2014 by Brad McElhinny

Come Monday (unless there’s a delay), readers will see the Charleston Daily Mail on a redesigned website.

The changes will relate to functionality more than appearance, and that’s on purpose. We don’t aim to confuse you. Our aim is to serve you better.

First a word of caution, though. We’re still learning to use this site. And we’re still ironing out some kinks.

So, although it will be new, it might not look like an improvement at first. Please bear with us.

This is a developmental version of our new website. It's similar to what exists, but should be more functional.

This is a developmental version of our new website. It’s similar to what exists, but should be more functional.

The new website should get better in several ways:

– It’ll be a flexible design, meaning it adjusts to whatever kind of screen you’re on. Ever try to read a story on a smartphone that you have to pinch and squeeze and move around until you can read it? This aims to resolve that problem.

– As time goes by, suggestions for more stories to read should get smarter. The system is designed to relate related content. You follow me there? Similarly, we should have an easier time providing in-article links to related content.

– It’s going to make it easier for us to build photo galleries. People love to click click click the photos by our great photo staff.

– Behind the scenes, we’ll have an easier time determining what content is resonating with people and what is less so. We’ll have greater efficiency too. What we’re doing links directly links our print workflow to our digital workflow. (They were separate systems before.) This doesn’t affect you directly, but we’re pretty excited.

We’re moving from an airplane to a rocket ship. Please excuse us while we learn to use the controls.

Meanwhile, join us on our digital journalism adventure: www.charlestondailymail.com

 

 

 


Brad McElhinny is the editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail.  Brad McElhinny is editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail. I’m a Parkersburg native and a Marshall graduate. I live in Charleston with my wife — we’ll call her “Karen” — my two little girls, an easily excitable terrier, an aging obese cat and, now, a kitten named “Sweetie.” Read more from this author


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