Over the past two years spent largely at home, I’ve been cleaning, organizing, throwing away, donating, and cleaning some more. I updated the indoor and outdoor spaces around my house. I’m sure many readers have done the same.
Except that I didn’t stop at my house. I took a look at our website, thesunchronic.com, and spoke with The Sun Chronicle editor and managing director, Craig Borges, and other editors. We all agreed it was time to do some touch ups there too.
According to Google Analytics, thesunchronic.com garnered over 41 million page views from approximately 7.5 million users between March 2020 and the start of this month.
That’s a lot of people stopping by to visit, and we want to make sure we show our best. That’s why we undertook a complete overhaul of the website with our partners at TownNews, our content management company.
From the afternoon of June 21, you will notice a very different look.
Our homepage will still display what matters most, local news, but in a way that makes it easier to consume as well as more great content – sports, features, opinions, nostalgia, riddles, community events, photos and more yet – located anywhere on our site with just a scroll or click down.
Long reads from our weekend edition and other long plays or series will stay longer on our homepage to give you a chance to catch up on in-depth stories you may have missed.
Dive a little deeper into our main navigation and you’ll see redesigned landing pages that showcase our content, connecting you faster to more information in our sections. Our subscriber services area has been streamlined to provide an easier navigation experience for our users.
While the new thesunchronic.com seems sharp, the journal has undertaken this project to advance our publication. We value our subscribers and want to provide a seamless experience, whether they sit down with a coffee and our print edition in the morning, catch up throughout the day on our website and social media, or browse our website for the train ride at night. or relaxing at night. As with many things, there’s more than one way to let you know about news.
I grew up reading the Sun Chronicle in print. My parents subscribed throughout my childhood, and like anyone who grew up reading a newspaper, I know that the feel of newspaper in your hands and the smell of paper and ink is something special. But I also grew up in the digital age and love the essential convenience of computers, smartphones, tablets and other technologies that now help us connect instantly with readers. Keeping an eye on our past, our new website helps us plan for future sustainability while providing content and coverage from our experienced and award-winning journalists, editors and photographers that you won’t find anywhere else.
As with all improvement projects, it may take some getting used to. For example, when you go to click where you always found the electronic edition, it will not be there, but rather in the upper left corner of your screen if you are on a desktop computer or a tablet; if you’re on a smartphone, tap the menu in the top left, then click e-edition.
As with everything in our article, I would love to hear your feedback, so please email me at [email protected] with your thoughts, comments, criticisms and concerns.
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