A new website for Press Gazette is unveiled this week, along with the new-look magazine.
Designed by Jody Willis at Abacus E-Media, the new site will take full advantage of today's larger monitors with a 1,024-pixel page width. In keeping with the redesign of many other news sites, it will also dispense with a left-hand navigation column in favour of a two-column design and horizontal navigation elements.
The relaunched site will give us far more flexibility about how we present images. The wider screen width will allow us to use larger photography and will also give us plenty of space to include videos and other multimedia features.
Each story in the new site will automatically connect to related content in the site's archive, which includes more than 16,000 Press Gazette stories dating back to the late 1990s. The site's search functionality, long a leading source of complaints both among readers and staff, is also drastically improved.
While Press Gazette's existing blogs will continue in their current form, the new site allows readers to leave comments at the foot of certain stories.
A second stage of the relaunch, due to be completed later this year, will integrate a revamped online recruitment platform for journalists and related professions.
While we're very pleased with the new, cleaner design of the site, much of the improvement will be invisible to the reader.
Abacus's WebVision content management system will allow Press Gazette to more effectively integrate our print and online workflows.
Like many magazines, Press Gazette still repurposes its printed content by manually stripping copy out of PDF documents after they have been sent to the printer. Using the WebVision CMS should make this tedious and labour-intensive process a thing of the past.
Reporters will file their stories and pictures directly into a database that feeds content both to the website and the magazine sub-editors, speeding up the production process.