New look will make it easier to navigate, find news stories
taftmidwaydriller, the online home of The Midway Driller, will roll out a brand new look to its website early on March 30. Our goal is to give you a website that is easy to navigate and highlights a wider array of stories.
We believe the redesign will make it easier to find what you need.
Over the next week, we’ll attempt to gently guide you through the transition by way of question — and — answer pieces like this.
Q: When does this change happen?
A: We’ll start rolling out the new design around 6 a.m. Wednesday. It may take up to an hour for all areas of the site and all computers to start showing the change.
Q: Didn’t you just change the look of your Web site not too long ago? Why are you changing again?
A: The current design of our website was put in place in February 2008. Since that time we listened to input from both our readers and staff.
We have have seen some improvements that need to be made to make it easier for our readers to navigate the site and find stories.
Q: What are the biggest changes?
A: There are many new features that you’ll discover as you start surfing the new site. But the biggest change is the new home page story “carousel.” One of the limitations of our current home page is that we can only show off (with a big headline and picture) one story at a time. We change that story a few times a day, but it’s a manual process that’s not very convenient. The new design lets us display several important stories that will rotate across the home page every few seconds. This will allow us to more prominently display stories from other sections of the website that you usually have to click inside to find now. Another big change is the improved navigation. You’ll quickly discover it’s easier to find and flip between different sections of the site.
Q: When can I see the new site?
A: Because we’ll be putting finishing touches on the site right up until the launch, we’re unable to provide a test environment for you to play around.
Q: Are you removing anything from the site?
A: No. All of the locally produced content you see now on taftidwaydriller.com will still be there after the change.
Q: Are you making any changes to Reader Comments?
A: No. Our popular Reader Comments feature will continue to appear at the end of most stories and will work the same way. Your current commenting account will work just fine. We will continue to monitor the comment boards to keep them free of inappropriate content.
Q: So once the new site launches, what do I do if I can’t find something?
A: Our goal is to get you through this move without rearranging too much of the furniture. In fact, the navigation menus at the top of the new site are almost identical to those on the current site. But inevitably, some feature or page you check every day might get lost in the shuffle. If that happens, we’re here to help.
* E-mail: Our production manager, Roseanne Noble (advertising at bak.rr.com) will promptly answer your questions throughout the transition process.