New online look, same news you need

If you go today to the Clarion’s website — www.peninsulaclarion.com — you’ll see it looks very different.

We hope you’ll see it looks a lot better.

Our website has been overdue for a makeover. The day’s finally come. And it is, indeed, new and improved.

Online readers are going to find our new online presence more useful and user-friendly in a number of ways:

Better and faster updating on breaking news. News will be coming straight out of the newsroom to the website without any posting delays.

Better comment management. New tools will help us raise the quality of community conversation, banning abusers and spammers. When you post a comment, you have the option of being notified by email of any follow-ups.

Better design and usability. Type is larger and easier to read, and navigational links are easier to click.

Profiles and pictures. Regular users will be able to create a public profile, upload a picture to be displayed with posts, and “follow” other users. Profiles include handy links to items each user has posted on the site.

Mobile services. Coming soon, if you visit with a smartphone or other mobile device, you’ll get a mobile-optimized version of PeninsulaClarion.com. If you follow a link from Facebook or Twitter, you’ll get a mobile-optimized page. You can read and write comments from a mobile device, too.

More to come. Nothing on the Web is really ever finished. The new site is a foundation for future development, including useful databases, broader community conversation and multimedia. We’ll welcome your ideas and suggestions on this.

One thing that isn’t going to change, though — our commitment to local news.

The world is changing rapidly around us. A decade ago no one would’ve thought to find their news and information on their cellular telephone. Facebook and YouTube didn’t exist. The cyber viewer’s interaction with the internet was rudimentary and thought to be a clever distraction.

Today, the internet is everywhere. And it brings you the entire world.

But day in, day out, how many of you actually need the entire world?

More often, what you really need to know is “What’s happening at home?” And that’s something only we can provide. We’ll never stop doing that — no matter what the format, in cyber space or plain ol’ paper.

Hope you enjoy the new look.

In short: For www.peninsulaclarion.com, spiffy new look, same news you need.

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