Introducing the new canberratimes.com.au home page
The Canberra Times has re-launched its homepage to further improve the best source of online news in the ACT.
It's been 18 months in the making, and contains a number of new features. Much of the new look is self-explanatory, but here's a brief rundown of some of the changes.
Flexibility of design
Editors now have the ability to switch between a landscape and portrait image at the top of the home page.
There is also a new-look template for evening/weekend viewing that puts a greater emphasis on picture stories and video.
What you see is what you like
We are eager to bring you content relevant to you. This strip of feature images has new functionality built in that will allow stories to appear based on your past reading preferences. For now, you will get the same editor-chosen stories as everyone else. However, as you use the site over coming days and weeks, you will increasingly find topics you're more likely to want to read, according to your reading habits. For example, if you read lots of travel, you'll be more likely to find a travel story. Once turned on, this feature will also mean that once you've read a story, it will disappear from this strip when you return to the home page, ensuring you get as much fresh content to browse as possible.
Greater emphasis on Federal politics
Fairfax has long prided itself on producing the nation's leading political coverage. The new home page gives greater emphasis to our content out of Parliament House. Clicking on the Federal Politics link will take you through to Fairfax's National Times for even deeper political coverage.
We have a new comment strap and page to promote The Canberra Times' leading opinion writers. This page is the place to find popular regular newspaper features such as Letters and the editorial.
Things can move pretty fast on our website. What's considered a great read at 8am can all too quickly disappear from the top of the site, and sometimes right off the home page. The 'Editor's picks' section is about having a slower-moving area of the website dedicated to deep, engaging content. These could be feature articles, videos or interactive graphics.
What others like
We have a new enhanced section displaying the trending stories on our site over the past 24 hours, as well as the most shared stories on social media channels.
The popular 'Most Read' links will still remain at the bottom of the website.
We have streamlined some of our sections, grouping together topics of interest that were previously in different sections of the website. For example, Money, Executive Style and My Small Business have a new home under the greater business section.
We have also removed cleaned out the navigation bar at the top of the site to make it easier to navigate on a desktop, laptop or tablet. Some topics that previously were listed up here can now be found under their overarching section. Eg click on Technology to get to Digital Life below.
Tell us what you think of the new site by leaving a comment.