The Daily Astorian and its sister newspapers on the North Coast launched new websites on Dec. 11.
What is changing? For starters, the websites will load much faster. Slow load times have been a constant frustration for both our readers and our staff for a long time now. We think you will be very pleased with the difference.
The websites will also look very different. It’s a fresher, cleaner viewing platform for news. All the content is customized for optimal display on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop computers. And the visual presentation of photos and video is much more eye-popping.
On the back end, our reporters and editors will have more tools at their disposal to deliver news more quickly and present it in new ways. Reporters, for example, will be able to post breaking stories, photos and video from their smartphones directly online when the occasion demands.
There are usually some glitches when media companies transfer their websites to new hosts, and this move is no different.
The most noticeable will be that most old links to stories won’t work anymore. The stories will still be there, just with different addresses. We’ve imported archives going back over a decade. There’s a robust search engine to find them again.
The other is a new commenting system. Old comments will no longer appear, and readers wishing to comment on stories will need to create new logins.
What won’t change is our commitment to provide the most comprehensive local news about the North Coast available anywhere, both online and in print. This new system is simply a means to that end.
We welcome your feedback as you kick the tires. Send your thoughts to email@example.com.