Off the Cuff By Chris A. Porter email@example.com WNI Web Developer and PVtrib.com webmaster shares his perspective on technology, local and national politics, and life in the Quad-city area.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Fellow readers of PVtrib.com, here is some exciting news regarding this website. As WNI's humble Web developer, I also fill the shoes of blogger and Web editor for this particular site. I bring exciting news regarding our Prescott Valley Tribune online edition, PVtrib.com. As you can see, the site has a new facelift that will hopefully make your online experience here even more valuable.
If you have perused our flagship site, dCourier.com, you will notice that the new PVtrib.com now boasts a similar design. Don't panic: all of the online content you are used to seeing hasn't vanished - it's the contrary: we are now utilizing a cleaner interface with bigger, more robust images as well as a more superior navigation system so that the news content you demand will be at your fingertips with less clicks of your mouse.
Any changes as far as the online news content we regularly provide is minimal. In fact, the articles you want to read are now much easier to navigate. We introduce a new video library and photo gallery module, which allows us to embed and display our original video/photo content right onto the pages of relating articles. Yep, this community newspaper has finally brought you, our respected reader, similar technology currently utilized on major news sites like Foxnews, CNN and MSNBC. That said, we hope it is an exciting new transition for everyone.
As you may have noticed, we have already increased the size of our advertisers tile ads to meet the uniform Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) guidelines. Our ads will continue to be "run-of-site" (ROS), which simply means our advertisers are placed into sort of a 'cyber-pool' where ads are evenly placed at random throughout the site. Wherever you choose to navigate on PVtrib.com, you will see a random ad for one of our local merchants. We are optimistic that you may find one or many of our advertiser's services helpful, and seek said services to help yourselves as well as our community.
Links, links, links... This is what the new interface is all about. We offer readers lots of choices via new drop-down link menus to make navigating PVtrib.com even more user-friendly. Want to read the latest news going on in PV? It is just a single mouse-click away. Classifieds? Obituaries? Editorials? Just a click away. The goal in creating a better navigation system focuses on redundancy. Wherever our readers are on this new site, there is at least (3) different places, on EVERY page, that will direct them to all other areas of the site. One place will be drop-down menus, which replaced the cornucopia of links that were seen on the site footer in the old design. Secondly, there is still links at the bottom of each page, just less of them, giving readers a much cleaner interface. These links direct readers to alphabetical link directory pages with clear explanations. Clicking the top link in the drop-down menus at the top of the site produces the same results. Finally, we are utilizing 'breadcrumb'-style navigation seen in several content-based web sites. 'Breadcrumbs' are links that are seen right under the Tribune's logo at the upper right-hand side of this site. After readers navigate beyond the PVtrib.com's main page, these links will appear on every page visited, and allow readers to 'step back' when they are surfing an article in a particular section.
Recently Commented/Most Viewed box
Another new feature we have added is a Recently Commented/Most Viewed box to help point readers to the articles people are most interested in and are talking about. On the main page, this is located at bottom-center. On all other pages, you will see the box in the upper right corner just above the ads. We think it is a nice tool to aid readers in finding the most popular articles pertaining to our community.
Again, we hope the new redesign will help enhance our readers experience here at PVtrib.com, and we always welcome your feedback.
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010
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I like the current lay out. It's easier to read and I don't feel like I'm searching for news stories.