NewsChannel5.com unveiled a new look Friday morning. The new look includes lighter colors and better access to news stories and other content.
Our last redesign was in September 2006. While we maintained many elements of our previous look, we moved to an entirely different platform.
This time around things are much simpler. Our platform doesn’t change, but our look and organization get big upgrades.
We’ll continue to make changes this morning, so bear with us if something seems out of whack.
The look of our site has been simplified dramatically. We’re moving to a white background with gray and blue highlights. This doesn’t sound like a dramatic change, but probably makes the biggest impact.
We’ve removed a lot of the graphics from the page. You should see a different in how long it takes for the page to load in your internet browser.
One of the biggest draws to our site is the amount of content provided. Not only do we have local news stories, but we also have classifieds, horoscopes, recipes, movie trailers, and dozens of other sections.
The biggest challenge of our redesign has been making our site intuitive so you can find what you’re looking for in all that content. Think of our new navigation as a road map to the site.
New Story Rotator
The biggest technological change to the site is our new top story rotator. Our previous rotator had room for only five stories. Now you can see the top headlines, national news updates and features like special investigations, extended story coverage and water cooler stories.
We’ve also added a new button that takes you directly to "News Links," formerly called Site in the News. Now you can easily find the web links mentioned on air.
New Weather Box
Our new weather block just below the navigation on right side of the page gives you direct access to the 7-Day Forecast, our interactive radar images, and SnowWatch School Closings.
You’ll also find a LIVE radar image, the current temperature, humidity, wind speed and barometric pressure.
New Video Player
The new video player should be exciting to anyone that has ever wondered what they might be missing without HDTV. We’re now posting video in the full 16:9 format – one of just a handful of stations across the country to be doing so.
Tell Us What You Think
Anytime a site undergoes any kind of change, there are concerns that your favorite section or feature has disappeared. Rest assured that none of your features have been removed, though they may be found in a different location.
Please let us know what you think by adding your comments below. Both our online Managing Editor, Jared Turner, and Interactive Director, Merrell Ligons, will check the comments frequently. We’ll explain where things may have been moved to and answer any of your questions.
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
Despite changes to the look or format of our website, our commitment to you is the same. NewsChannel 5 is your news and information leader. That will never change.