Henley Standard chooses in-house solution for new website

Independent weekly newspaper the Henley Standard has launched a new website with its first video interview with outgoing MP Boris Johnson.

The site, which was entirely built in-house, features a host of interactive and community features and is based on a wider format than the previous one to suit modern computer monitors.

The site has been ten months in the making and was developed by the paper’s in-house web expert Jacqueline Alexander.

Explaining the decision to build a unique site form scratch, rather than by an ‘off the shelf’system, she said: ‘There seems to be gaps in the products that are available – the market place doesn’t seem to provide the right products.

‘The Henley Standard has been an independent newspaper for over 100 years so it was quite poetic that we ended up with an in-house solution.”

Reporters file daily news updates for the site as well as weekly video reports.

There is a commenting facility for all news and sport stories which, to begin with at least, is pre-moderated.

The site also has a community section where schools and local clubs and societies are being encouraged to manage their own mini websites and upload stories.

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