Welcome to Hamilton Community News' new home on the web

Opinion Apr 23, 2015 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

Just over a year ago, Hamilton Community News launched its new-look paper. One day shy of that anniversary we launched our new-look website.

And we couldn’t be happier.

Like our old paper design, our website was serviceable, but unspectacular. It didn’t provide users with the best possible online experience and we were greatly limited in what we could do to present the local news that readers come searching for.

Now, like our redesigned paper, the site is bright and shiny and makes the whole experience a whole lot more pleasurable for users.

On our old home page, we had limited control over what stories were featured. If we had more than five important items, we had to wait to give them all their due. Now, practically everything on our front page can be customized in order to give our readers a chance to find the important stories that they’re looking for.

We’ve also vastly improved the community pages. In the past, if you clicked on “Ancaster” you would see a list of Ancaster stories arranged completely by the date they were posted. That means a handful of short briefs could have bumped a major story right off the front. Now, our editors have the ability to choose what’s important and highlight it accordingly. (We’ve also made it a little easier to find our community specific content by placing links right on our home page.)

Aside from our award-winning local content, visitors to our website will now have access to stories from across the world from Canadian Press, as well as content from across Metroland’s footprint. While our local communities will always be our focus, we wanted to give browsers the ability to not only discover stories from other places across the province they otherwise might never come across, but to become more of a one-stop shop when it comes to readers’ news needs.

But what excites us most is the new energy our website brings to Hamilton Community News.

There are few things more dispiriting than working really hard to produce something you’re proud of, only to see it displayed in such a way that it diminishes its impact. On our old website, stories looked dark and squished. Pull quotes, sidebars and photo galleries were possible, but either looked awful or required extensive workarounds. However, on the new site, stories look bright and airy and all the other design elements what were so difficult to make work in the past are now seamlessly integrated.

Seeing that change has buoyed the spirits of our entire editorial team.

Over the next few weeks and months as we get more and more familiar with our new site and what it can do you’ll see further improvements that will allow us to make reading our news online as pleasurable an experience as reading it in print.

Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

Welcome to Hamilton Community News' new home on the web

Opinion Apr 23, 2015 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

Just over a year ago, Hamilton Community News launched its new-look paper. One day shy of that anniversary we launched our new-look website.

And we couldn’t be happier.

Like our old paper design, our website was serviceable, but unspectacular. It didn’t provide users with the best possible online experience and we were greatly limited in what we could do to present the local news that readers come searching for.

Now, like our redesigned paper, the site is bright and shiny and makes the whole experience a whole lot more pleasurable for users.

On our old home page, we had limited control over what stories were featured. If we had more than five important items, we had to wait to give them all their due. Now, practically everything on our front page can be customized in order to give our readers a chance to find the important stories that they’re looking for.

We’ve also vastly improved the community pages. In the past, if you clicked on “Ancaster” you would see a list of Ancaster stories arranged completely by the date they were posted. That means a handful of short briefs could have bumped a major story right off the front. Now, our editors have the ability to choose what’s important and highlight it accordingly. (We’ve also made it a little easier to find our community specific content by placing links right on our home page.)

Aside from our award-winning local content, visitors to our website will now have access to stories from across the world from Canadian Press, as well as content from across Metroland’s footprint. While our local communities will always be our focus, we wanted to give browsers the ability to not only discover stories from other places across the province they otherwise might never come across, but to become more of a one-stop shop when it comes to readers’ news needs.

But what excites us most is the new energy our website brings to Hamilton Community News.

There are few things more dispiriting than working really hard to produce something you’re proud of, only to see it displayed in such a way that it diminishes its impact. On our old website, stories looked dark and squished. Pull quotes, sidebars and photo galleries were possible, but either looked awful or required extensive workarounds. However, on the new site, stories look bright and airy and all the other design elements what were so difficult to make work in the past are now seamlessly integrated.

Seeing that change has buoyed the spirits of our entire editorial team.

Over the next few weeks and months as we get more and more familiar with our new site and what it can do you’ll see further improvements that will allow us to make reading our news online as pleasurable an experience as reading it in print.

Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

Welcome to Hamilton Community News' new home on the web

Opinion Apr 23, 2015 by Gordon Cameron Dundas Star News

Just over a year ago, Hamilton Community News launched its new-look paper. One day shy of that anniversary we launched our new-look website.

And we couldn’t be happier.

Like our old paper design, our website was serviceable, but unspectacular. It didn’t provide users with the best possible online experience and we were greatly limited in what we could do to present the local news that readers come searching for.

Now, like our redesigned paper, the site is bright and shiny and makes the whole experience a whole lot more pleasurable for users.

On our old home page, we had limited control over what stories were featured. If we had more than five important items, we had to wait to give them all their due. Now, practically everything on our front page can be customized in order to give our readers a chance to find the important stories that they’re looking for.

We’ve also vastly improved the community pages. In the past, if you clicked on “Ancaster” you would see a list of Ancaster stories arranged completely by the date they were posted. That means a handful of short briefs could have bumped a major story right off the front. Now, our editors have the ability to choose what’s important and highlight it accordingly. (We’ve also made it a little easier to find our community specific content by placing links right on our home page.)

Aside from our award-winning local content, visitors to our website will now have access to stories from across the world from Canadian Press, as well as content from across Metroland’s footprint. While our local communities will always be our focus, we wanted to give browsers the ability to not only discover stories from other places across the province they otherwise might never come across, but to become more of a one-stop shop when it comes to readers’ news needs.

But what excites us most is the new energy our website brings to Hamilton Community News.

There are few things more dispiriting than working really hard to produce something you’re proud of, only to see it displayed in such a way that it diminishes its impact. On our old website, stories looked dark and squished. Pull quotes, sidebars and photo galleries were possible, but either looked awful or required extensive workarounds. However, on the new site, stories look bright and airy and all the other design elements what were so difficult to make work in the past are now seamlessly integrated.

Seeing that change has buoyed the spirits of our entire editorial team.

Over the next few weeks and months as we get more and more familiar with our new site and what it can do you’ll see further improvements that will allow us to make reading our news online as pleasurable an experience as reading it in print.

Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.