The shock of the new [3]

I’ve made the following changes – as you all suggested – to the new version of the website today:

  • The site slogan is once again below the logo.
  • Global news stories have a new title (not ‘breaking news’) and have been highlighted with a red border.
  • The additional news stories line for each country has been bold-faced.
  • The bottom menu bar includes links to correspondent login, applying to become a correspondent, and join the mailing list (this was already there).
  • The icons for emailing us and the various social networks have been moved further down the page.
  • The unnecessary ‘photo of the day/week’ header has been removed.  This would have caused confusion as we were never sure how often we updated this and we shouldn’t commit.

There is still more to do – making sure that everything that was accessible from the previous home page is also accessible here (e.g., newswires) and making sure this will work in other languages — taking into account that there significant differences between how the different languages work.  Masha has also offered to come up with a new logo later this week.  But we’re getting close, I think.

P.S. “The shock of the new” is a great title – I lifted it from here.

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  • Widow/orphan protection for stories so they don’t wrap over from one column to the next?

    Comment | March 9, 2013
  • Eric Lee

    Good suggestion – we’ll try to fix that next week.

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Accessing the Working Women page via the menu bar at the bottom of the main page?

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Country search box?

    Sorry, others may have mentioned a lot of what I am now noticing. I am just back from holidays and noticing things as I set up a new photo etc.

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Not really a ‘new’ thing but with the ‘Today in Labour History’ item getting more prominence I think it’s important that we identify at least one item for every day of the year.

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Mobile version of the site might require some attention, though with a bit of luck we won’t need it much longer.

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Re. the comment on the Working Women menu item above: might it make some sense to take a few of the items that used to appear on the menu bar (like the WW page link) and give them some prominence on the main page, take the rest and have a page of them which can be reached via the menu bar?

    Comment | March 10, 2013
  • Eric Lee

    I’m taking all these comments on board and you’ll see many of the changes implemented today. As I have explained to some of you offline, the launch of the new page in English was due to an emergency situation and therefore not fully ready for prime time. Give it a couple more days and I’m sure you’ll be happy.

    Comment | March 11, 2013
  • Am pretty happy already. 🙂

    Comment | March 11, 2013

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